How do you defend yourself against a dog attacking you?

@Bellapop (1281)
June 27, 2010 6:57pm CST
I've seen how aggressive and violent dogs can be, well, I'm sure everyone has...sometimes, it just occurs to my mind, that what if, what if a dog ran over and starting attacking me, how would I stop it and defend myself?
5 responses
@nice030481 (1108)
• Philippines
28 Jun 10
I usually sit when there's a dog attacking me. because once you sit down the dog will run away maybe thinking that you will get something on the floor that you can use to hurt the dog. but of course you have to bring something that you can use
@Bellapop (1281)
28 Jun 10
That would be virtually impossible wouldn't it? - To sit down when the dog is attacking you? I would be so scared and in such a panick that my automatic response would be to run...
• Philippines
28 Jun 10
lol, yes that's true but i already experience that. there are three dogs attacking me at that time, I have a stick that I use for the dogs but they are still barking and keep on attacking me, however because I had a stick they cant bit me.. until i just sit then the dogs are run away.
@sunnycool (12736)
• India
28 Jun 10
Three dogs attacking at a time----you must have poked them all other wise they're really good...stray dogs are an exception though as they maintain a batallion to attack people lol
@tap0991 (2767)
• United States
28 Jun 10
To defend yourself you basically want to try and make sure the teeth dont touch you. I would suggest if you can kicking the dog under its chin in the throat because if a dog cant breathe it cant attack. if thats not an option then I would not suggest running as that would make that worse, never turn your back on an aggressive dog, but I would suggest trying to climb some where the dog cannot get to. Reason being if the dog cant reach you then it cant hurt you.
@Bellapop (1281)
28 Jun 10
This is interesting, why is it a bad thing to run or turn your back against a dog, does this mean somehing to it? I am actually pretty worried about the moment when a dog has actually sunk its teetch into you, and how to get it off...
@tap0991 (2767)
• United States
28 Jun 10
if you run from the dog its going to start running as well and whats teeth and speed equal? a more painful bite. Its not good to turn your back because you cant defend yourself backwards, you cant see it and reach is limited. If the dog already has its teeth in you I would still say try hitting it in the throat.
@Bellapop (1281)
28 Jun 10
Will try to remember that, the throat... is it still possible to reach that area when it has its teeth sunk into you...? I know this is all hypothetical and in the real circumstances I don't think I would be able to think properly, but this all still helps... :)
@sunnycool (12736)
• India
28 Jun 10
I had this in my mind too....i'm one of those who are really scared of stray dogs----they can go insane in winters and rains and start biting those who passby them on the roads.well first thing comes to my mind when a dog tries to attack me is " I would transform into Usain Bolt (the world's fastest Man) and start running like heck lol " never look back just make your butt with no second thoughts.I also came to know that we should never look into the eyes of stray dogs steadily...it would only make them furious and you end up with their teeth marks on your legs if you're bad at running .great day.
@Bellapop (1281)
28 Jun 10
I think I read somewhere along this discussion that it's actually a bad idea to run. The best thing to do apparently is to SIT - yes, to sit, sounds bizarre, but apparently it's really effective and works... Has anyone else had a similar experience of being attacked and then they just sat down to make the dogs run away?
@sunnycool (12736)
• India
28 Jun 10
how come they expect me to SIT when a dog has planned to attack me lol...i did try to stay calm when one of my neighbours dog passed by....it sniffed around my legs for a couple of minutes and it was like oh my.... should i run or stay calm... these were going through my mind
@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
28 Jun 10
This almost happened to me once, but luckily my calm reactions stopped it short. I was walking down the street when this huge dog starting barking and running toward me and I was prepared to be bitten, but I just crossed my arms in front of me (prepared to cover my face if necessary), averted my eyes, and kept walking at my same pace. I told the dog in a firm voice to "go away, go home." Never run, because it's a dog's instinct to chase anything that runs, and never make eye contact with an aggressive dog because that's an aggressive gesture in a dog's point of view. DO NOT wave your arms or act as if you are going to strike the dog. Look downward and away, and turn the side of your body toward the dog, which they interpret as signs of submission, keeping the dog in your peripheral vision. Reacting calmly and submissively MAY deter the attack. I suppose if the dog had attacked me, I would have curled up in a ball, using my arms to protect my head and face, and screamed until help arrived! Gouging the dog's eyes, if in a position to do so, would surely distract him from the attack, or possibly even kill the dog. Hey, if it's me or the dog, the dog goes!
@Bellapop (1281)
28 Jun 10
Thanks Jill, this is great stuff too, 'turning the side of my body towards the dog'. I actually walked past a mad barking dog the other day, fortunately, he was behind a gate, and I did walk past and carry on walking so that eventually by side and then my pack was towards it, but it was still barking...whether it would have chased me...
• Philippines
28 Jun 10
well i have never experience being attacked by a dog but if that situation happens well definitely i would never run back or turn back away from the dog exposing your back, your rear-end and your legs because the dog might jump over into you and for sure it will just make more worst for you to defend yourself against the raging dog. i just thought of you just fight the dog like grab something hard say a wood or a baseball bat would be good hehe and smash it right into it's face the kicking the dog if you can't find a hard thing to spank the dog but do not kick the dog near into it's mouth or teeth, kicking it's troat might be a good idea but still worth a risk hehe. i just prefer going to smash a hard thing into the dogs face.