Have you even been attacked by a dog and felt like you were helpless? Dog attacks can happen almost instantly. You could be attacked by a seemingly friendly dog or a dog on a leash. You could be attacked during your regular run or when visiting a friend’s house. You could be attacked by trained dogs of criminals as their weapon. Dog attacks can happen anytime and anywhere. And if you don’t know what to do when attacked by a dog, your life might be put at risk.
If a dog is attacking you, it can be extremely difficult to stop it no matter how small it may be. Do not underestimate a dog’s size or weight. Even poodle mixes like a yorkie poodle may pose a threat to your life when they attack you. Also, be particularly careful when you are around certain breeds of dogs such as pitbulls as they are known to be ferocious attackers.
If there is a dog nearby and you are afraid that it might attack you, do not run away from it. The sight of a running target could trigger most dogs to attack. And they are fast runners and can easily overtake you. Instead, stay calm and be vigilant of your surroundings. Check around where you could safely go and protect yourself. And if you have a chance, get hold of any object that you can use against it.
An attacking dog is normally fast-moving and it can be hard to distract them from attacking you or anybody. If you fear that there is an imminent attack, your first line of defense if you don’t know how to fight back is to protect your neck and face by covering them with your arms and hands. Doing so can help save your face and your life. Just pray that a good Samaritan would come and help you.
If you must intervene, make use of an object you are already holding or have easy access to. It could be a key, a ball pen, an umbrella, a stick, or anything that you could use to stab into the eye of a killer animal if necessary. If you don’t have any object at hand, you should launch a kick aimed at the underbelly or head which are the most vulnerable areas of a dog. The base of the skull and the center of the spine and the groin are prone targets especially if you are not the ones being attacked but are helping someone under attack. To minimize risk or injury, keep yourself as far from the jaws as possible.
When you are being attacked by a dog, your presence of mind is important to properly react to the situation. You could call for help while defending yourself from an attack. You could also fight back with whatever object you can use. The important thing is to stay as far away from the jaws and to be always ready to protect your face and neck.