Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Dog Attack: Self Defense against Dogs

Dog attacks are all too common and rapidly on the rise as criminals take advantage of relaxed laws to breed and train dogs as assault weapons. Self defence against such attacks is therefore an important consideration. Dogs can be extremely dangerous. A knife won't chase you (or your child) down the street and rip off your (or your child's) face. So in a sense dogs are much more dangerous than many traditional weapons of criminal assault. They are also much more random and unpredictable - the owner may not intend you to be a victim. But that won't help much.

A dog in an attack-frenzy can be extremely difficult to stop. Do not underestimate their weight, strength, or persistence. Attacks can happen randomly and out of the blue. They can happen extremely quickly (trust me!) and you, your dog, your child, or another loved one could be seriously damaged, with no face or a mangled windpipe, before you have time to react. Be particularly wary of bull terriers with children, as these dogs are particularly prone to sudden extreme violence. Pit bulls are particularly unstable but it is important to note that Staffordshire bull terriers and some other breeds can be gentle for many years and then suddenly attack a child or another dog without warning - although Staffordshire-bull attacks are not usually quite so ferocious.

Children are particularly at risk and you should keep them well away from even potentially dangerous breeds - any that has ever harmed a child - and teach your child to be vigilant - and to cover their face and neck with their arms and hands the moment they fear an attack is imminent. This simple lesson, if properly impressed upon a child, could save their life, or their good looks, for just long enough to allow your or a good Samaritan to intervene. It is unlikely that a child could effectively fight back, unless they were armed and extremely capable. Facing a wall or the ground may help a little.

An attacking dog may be kicked or punched, but attacking dogs are fast-moving and hard to distract and this will usually have little effect. You should also expect to be bitten yourself if you try to interfere with an attacking dog.

If you must intervene, or if forced to defend yourself, fight through the bites and aim to stab your fingers, keys, a stick, or other pointy object as deeply as possible into an eye - both eyes if possible. This is one of the best self defense responses to an attack by many other animals, including crocodile attacks. Wrestling, holds and chokes are all unwise - the dog is much stronger and faster than you and they will bite you: you don't want your neck or face to be within range.

Kicks should be aimed at the head or underbelly. Be careful not to strike the victim! Punches should be aimed at the centre of the spine or the base of the skull where it joins the spine. The groin is a good and relatively safe target, especially if counter-attacking from behind which is common for parents.

Look for any nearby heavy or sharp object - this should be a habit for any self-defense enthusiast. You should be aware of your surroundings at all times, including possible human and animal threats and improvised weapons. A large ready-broken flint or bottle is ideal but heavier or longer sharp objects are better and should be aimed at the spine, ribs, belly or groin, to minimise the risk of injury. The further you stay from the jaws the better. Heavy objects can be used to strike the back of the head or the spine, especially closer to the head. A knife-blade could be used to slit or stab the throat area or the eyes or if you are unsure of your aim stab at the belly, chest and groin.

Never run away from a dog! Make sure your children know this if nothing else! Dogs run much faster and have more stamina - you will tire. And the sight of a running target triggers their hunter-killer instincts!

Be aware that you may also have to deal with the owner, who may be also be dangerous, especially if the poor dog has been trained to hurt other people or dogs. If needs be, use the pressure points and techniques described in the Self Defense DVD at to disable or neutralise the attacker.www.combatskills.net

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8556195.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/merseyside/8386023.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7876508.stm

25 comments:

  1. Hi
    thanks for the information ,a year ago a dog attacked me and this information is good to know.

    tal
    Martial Art Training

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    1. Stump that dicker flat lol

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  2. what can a person do when he is being attacked by a mouse?

    tal
    Martial Art Training

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  3. Your OPINION on pitbulls being more dangerous is pure bullshit.

    There are no bad dogs, only bad owners.

    Obviously you know nothing about dogs and as such, should not publish inaccuracies. It is entirely irresponsible of you.

    http://www.understand-a-bull.com/Articles/OtherBreedBites/AllDogsBite.htm

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    1. and how many dogs have you been around exactly?
      have you ever taken a walk around outside the daycare center?

      ok dogs are "hunting animals" they have hunting instincts that "can" be triggered by different things family dogs are great but when the family is gone the dog is very defensive if you ever happen to even walk by many times the dogs can tolerate even a shock collar witch is the most common form of restraint and in this situation its no ones fault just bad timing and can be just as bad as a attack dog.

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    2. dog lovers are ridiculous. Pitbulls are more dangerous because of their power bite. Meaning an agressive Pitbull is more dangerous to a person when he charges than any other agressive dog. I don't think it's that hard to understand...

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    3. You should be put down!!!

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    4. Of course all dogs bite. Heck, I'll take that one step further and say anything with teeth can bite. Even my toddler bites. But what creatures' bite most often sends people (and most importantly, innocent children) to the hospital? Dogs. And of dogs, which breed is most often responsible for the most serious injuries, including death? Pit bulls, followed by Rottweilers.

      The numbers disagree with you.

      In any case, if a pit bull has my child in its jaws I'm not going to be standing there chastising the owner (if they're even around) for being a bad owner. I'm going to be on top of the dog trying to rip its eyeballs out, and if the owner tries to stop me he's losing his eyeballs as well. I'll just deal with the consequences as long as my child is OK.

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  4. at above comment:
    you are an idiot. Even if you are correct, your final comment has absolutely no merit... "obviously you know nothing about dogs and such". Is it that obvious?... I find it more obvious that you are a moron, also considering this isn't even a publishing. Its a webpage where opinions are made. Its more obvious that from experience he came to a conclusion (not absolute) that they can be more dangerous. If you couldn't infer that from this piece, you should simply shut your mouth.

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  5. getting attacked by a poorly controlled creature is a great time to resort to utterly carnal defense methods.... HOWEVER, please do not think that the best way to submit a dog is to "Stab it with keys" ...or..."kick it in the stomach".

    Eye for an eye, don't be dramatic and stab a dog because he showed you his/her teeth.

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  6. Whoever continues to try and defend the pit bull breed, is an idiot. EVERYONE knows that pit bulls are way more aggressive, and unstable than just about any other dog. The main reason a lot of people choose to own pit bulls is because of their aggressive and murderous nature. Just don't cry out loud when the damn thing decides to eat your or your child's face off! Don't wanna hear it! Shouldn't have owned the damn pit bull! If any dog attacks me or my dog, it dies!

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  7. There is no reason to have a pitbull or other scumbag dog. They should all be destroyed.

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  8. The first time I was attacked by a pit bull I chalked it up to being a random attack. The second time a pit attacked me I noticed a trend. Both times the owners did not apologize or pay my medical expenses but they both gave me the "my pit bull is really sweet" line of BS. If a pit bull ever again threatens me in any way I will kill the dog and, if needed, kill it's owner. By the way, no other breed has ever attacked or even growled at me.

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  9. If your trying to represent all 100 million dogs on earth and claim there are no bad dogs, then you are indeed the idiot. I think the idea of going for the ideas is the best advice i've read? Dogs are wild animals and have killed and hunted their own food for 100 million years before you went out and studied them. I love dogs myself but to make that claim is ignorant. Pitbulls were born and bred to kill, PERIOD. How could you ever put a negative spin on people meerly try to prepare themself? Take a look at some of the uncensored dog attack videos on the web. They're f^&%ing disgusting. Thanks for the ideas mr./mrs. Publisher

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  10. I was attacked by a flea this morning. Wondering if you recommend chokes or strikes? Thanks very much sir.

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    1. Ya CHOKE yourself to death and right before you pass out STRIKE a match and light yourself on fire. Lmao damn im funny.

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  11. Hello,

    Thank you very much for the article. I have done a little 'on-line' research and this article is the best I have found: precise, good tips, realistic... and simple (i.e. use your keys against the dog's eyes).

    Thank you

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  12. Greyhounds do more damage to children than pit bulls or Staffs. Shame you tainted your advice with your lack of dog knowledge. The dog that bites humans most is the Dachsund - and that info is available right here on the internet. Dachsund, Jack Russells etc will damage faces etc..

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  13. Just read through some of the other comments.. 'anyone who defends pit bulls is an idiot.. everyone knows pitbulls are more dangerous' You penis, you know absolutely nothing about dogs.. where do you get this information.. listening to other dick heads probably. Sir, you are a wanker.. anonymous I noticed.. wonder why

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  14. Three days walking on the street, and, three Dog attacks and their owners shown ignorance similar to a hit and run driver! Time to self- defence.

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  15. Ahhh, the young....back in my day we were all taught one simple life lesson - respect. And every child knew that if a dog has teeth, it can bite.

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  16. But the daschunds do not kill humans.
    And chihauhas do not kill humans.

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  17. pit bulls and rottweilers attack too many people. look up the facts.

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  18. This is a good post, but I will say that choking can be extremely effective if you are trying to stop an attack on another person or dog. I have stopped an attack by jumping on the pit bulls back and strangling it with a lead. It is like riding a bucking bronco, but smaller. Often the mauler will be so engrossed in whatever it is attacking that it won't notice you until your choking it. I have read pit bull breeders say this is often the only way to stop a fight. Sure its dangerous, as is any involvement, but at least most of the attack has you behind the dog out of the red zone.

    Obviously this isn't as good as a gun, but many people are attacked while walking a dog so a leash is available. if the mauler has a collar, you can twist it, best if you have a stick or tool handle, but you don't wanna break it.

    No matter what, don't jump right in, Even though instinct may tell you too. You have a better change if you take stock of the situation and wait for a good opening to jump. Every second counts, but you won't be any help if you're getting killed.

    I'm a 5'7 woman, 135# and not strong, but adrenaline helped. The stronger you are, the better you get the leash around the windpipe, the faster the attack will end. In my car it took awhile as I was using a small collar and am not strong. Still, it worked.

    Pit bulls are not like other dogs. Pain only makes them attack harder, and things that work on other breeds will not work on them. Your best defense is to avoid them like the plague and teach your kids to do the same.

    Hunting knives can work too, if you can get one arm to cut the neck with. A slice up the belly is also effective. I know it sounds extreme, and you may be charged with cruelty (!), but the damage a pit can do IS extreme. They take off limbs every few days and kill an American every 14 days.

    Thankfully, almost half of attacks are on their owners or their family, not strangers. As sad as that is, at least its not my kid. I have defended myself twice and it was horrific and ugly, one with choking, once with a knife (hunting type). I have never had any issue with any other breed and love animals, but pitfalls and their derivatives are in a class of their own, sharks on legs.

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