Anyone who’s ever walked or ran for exercise has at one time or another had to confront the very real possibility of being attacked or at the very least bitten by a dog. It happens all the time. You might even be walking your own dog and out of the blue comes the threat of a dog attack. And it doesn’t even have to be that scenario. You could be breaking up a dogfight when one of them turns on you. If it occurred, would you know how to handle it? Former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson does, and he’s shared his tips on the subject.
How to Survive a Dog Attack
Nobody likes to think about it, but you should at least know the very best way to defend yourself and minimize the damage, should the unthinkable occur. Emerson, author of 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation, recently took part in a video where he explained how to up your chances of successfully fending off a dog attack. Below is his list of tips for you to follow, if you ever find yourself in circumstances where you need to employ them.
5 Tips for Defending Yourself in a Dog Attack
- Punch them in the muzzle. In other words, pop them in the nose — repeatedly. It’s a big target and it’s right there in front of you. Emerson says these blows will have the most effect and that pummeling them elsewhere is a waste of energy and sets you up for more biting, giving the dog a big advantage.
- Guard yourself. Take your shirt, jacket, backpack, purse, whatever you have, and give the animal something to go after other than your flesh. By removing your jacket you can wrap it around your arm or place whatever you’re carrying between you and the animal to lessen the defensive wounds you’ll inevitably end up with in a dog attack.
- When throwing your arm up, you want to keep your wrist, especially the tender underside, out of their jaws. There's a rich supply of blood flow there. So, he says, if you’re going to give a dog your arm, give it your outer forearm — preferably wrapped.
- Start kicking, and kick hard. Kicking behind the animal’s arms and in the rib cage is best, because these are sensitive areas, just like with humans.
- Finally, if you’re going to fight, fight with a vengeance. Remember, you’re in it to win it, not come in second place. You need to convey to the dog that you are the alpha in the situation, not him or her.
Hopefully, you will never have to be put in a nightmarish situation like this, but if you are, try and keep a level head and remember these 5 tips for warding off a dog attack.