Last night my girlfriends daughter was attacked by a German Shepherd dog whilst walking her own smaller dog.
Although she came off lightly in the end, with a small bite to the arm thanks to a padded jacket she was wearing, it was a very traumatic time for all
The injury and the psychological trauma aside (she doesn't even want to go out alone at the moment), i wanted to discuss your tips for avoiding, or
if you can't avoid it, surviving a dog attack.
The only experience i have of this is from acting as bait for training our police dogs in the army, i used to don a protective sleeve or suit, run as
fast as i could and get bitten hard.
Once i had the misfortune to be doing a demonstration to a new regiment in town, and the dog, a German Shepherd, tore the sleeve off and then went in
again. Tore up my shoulder nicely and put the fear of God into the soldiers watching.
So i know hard they bite, and a little of what damage they
As far as avoiding being bitten is concerned, the main bits of advice i have found on the net is suggestions such as...
* Carry a stick when walking, you can use this to defend yourself if need be.
* Try telling the dog to sit or stay. Yes i laughed at this one, but i guess if it's not going for a full on psycho attack on you, you could at least
* Don't stare the dog out. Eye contact will be a sign of aggression, and the dog will be more likely to snap.
* Carry pepper spray or the likes, spray it directly in the dogs face if it gets that close.
* My girlfriend has just bought a spray that makes a noise that apparently repels dogs.....however it might make the attacking dog more angrier so she
* Loud noise. My girlfriend said her dad was attacked by a huge German Shepherd dog once, but as it lunged to bite him, he shouted/screamed really
loud at the dog and it coward away.
* Keep a couple of treats in your pocket when walking alone or with your dog. These could buy you precious few seconds to get away.
Now the techniques i was shown in the forces was to (if a dog attack was unavoidable and incoming), try and wrap something around your forearm, a
jacket or something. Offer the attacking dog your arm, then you can use your knife on the dogs side whilst he'd busy chewing your other arm.
Another good tip, and i had to do this on the police dogs at times as well as on suspects, is to try not to tear your arm away from a bite, instead
force your arm into the mouth hard. This will really put them off biting you, they will choke, struggle to breathe and it can damage the jaw.
There are other tips on the net about wrenching the dogs leg upwards, not sure about that one?
One technique i would advice against, is an old one i heard about once where you get the dogs front legs and pull them apart. This apparently stresses
their heart. Personally i think this is more of myth, at least as far as it being used as a defence against a dog attack. Think about it, if you have
a dogs front legs wide apart with your two hands doing it....where is your face in relation to the dog? Yep, right in front of its face! No thank
Obviously the ideal is to just run and get out of the danger zone, don't underestimate any dog if it has it's sights on you, i've seen several
grown men struggling to drag small dogs from a victim. Just run, jump over a wall, into someones garden, anything...just get away if you can.
We have always had dog attacks in the news, another child was attacked just a few days ago by a couple of Rottweilers. Plus we are now seeing idiots
in gangs using dogs as weapons.
So what i am looking for is any tips or advice for avoiding and surviving a dog attack, whether it be personal experience or info from the net.