It does happen, I wont say it doesn’t, because that would be like saying that police brutality and Black on white crime don’t occur. They do, its fact, and no amount of denial will change these facts.
So lets say you find yourself faced with a dog that is obviously intent on causing you harm. First thing is DO NOT TRY TO RUN!
Even a slower dog can easily outrun a human.
DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT!!!
This is how dogs challenge each other’s dominance, so looking an already aggressive dog in the eye is like calling a drunk with a gun a hamster dicked moron. (been there, though it was a knife not a gun…will never do it again)
BACK AWAY SLOWLY WHILE TRYING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE SITUATION, IF YOU HAVE A PHONE DIAL 911 (OR WHATEVER YOUR COUNTRY’S EMERGENCY NUMBER IS).
Do not turn away from the dog. This will trigger the attack instinct. Wolves in the wild take their prey from behind, hamstringing it so it cannot flee. So back way while watching the dog.
KEEP ONE ARM BETWEEN YOU AND THE DOG AT ALL TIMES!!!
Your arm is much less important than your neck or stomach. If the dog does attack, try to get it to latch onto your forearm. Yes it will hurt, but it could be the difference between life and death.
Finally, if the dog has latched onto your arm, use your free arm to hold the dogs body back, keep it from getting leverage. If the dog is able to get its feet closer to you, it can do more damage.
Of course, as always the best way to deal with a dog attack is to avoid it altogether.
To do so, make sure to avoid areas with little light and few people, dogs that are running loose are a lot less likely to go into crowded areas.
Bring pepper spray or ‘mace’ if it is legal to do so. DO NOT use bear type spray on a dog, yes it works, but you don’t know why the dog is attacking, and Bear Mace will BLIND the dog permanently. And wouldn’t you feel like shit if the dog attacked you because it was defending its puppies and you made it go blind?
There are also whistles you can buy that will drive away dogs. If you live in an area with a lot of loose or stray dogs, it would be wise to invest in one.
Of course the biggest way to get a dog to attack you is to approach it when it doesn’t know you or is injured.
Contrary to popular belief, roughly 71-87% of dog bites occur when the dog is afraid or injured. This is referred to by dog trainers, rescuers and breeders as ‘Fear Aggression’. If you see an injured animal of ANY kind follow these three rules.
- STOP! DO NOT APPROACH!
- ASSESS THE SITUATION!
- CALL FOR HELP FROM TRAINED PROFESSIONALS
Any animal injured can be dangerous, but especially dogs, because people do not expect them to attack when they need help. Yes dogs are man’s best friend, but they are still animals that are ruled by mostly instinct, and the instinct that kicks in when a dog is injured is the same instinct that kicks in when you wake up daze, confused and in pain with someone looming over you. DONT DO IT!
If you a see dog that seems afraid, and there is imminent risk to its life and there is no time to call a professional, try to lure the dog away from the danger with food, however do not get closer than say 10 feet. If the dog moves away from you, towards the danger, back away and call for help anyway. NEVER CHASE A DOG, THEY WILL ONLY RUN FURTHER AND FASTER.
If you want to learn more about how to help injured or loose animals, contact your local Animal Advocates, they can usually direct you to classes and programs.