What To Do If You’re Attacked By A Dog, According To A Former Navy SEAL

Hopefully, you’ll never be in a situation where you have to use these tips, but they might just come in handy to help you handle a dog attack. In this Business Insider video, a former Navy SEAL tells you what you need to know to protect yourself.

First, be very clear that the dog is really about to attack you. Use a shirt, jacket or purse to draw the dog’s attention from vital body parts. If the dog pounces, most of us might reflexively put our arms in front of us to shield us from the dog. But Clint Emerson warns that you should bear only the outer part of the forearm and, if possible, wrap a shirt around your forearm for added protection. We want to protect the major arteries on the ulna and radial side at all costs.

If you need to fight back, Emerson advises literally punching the dog in the nose. The reason is, it’s a big target for you to hit. As he explains, when you’re under the threat and under the heightened stress of being attacked, it’s all you can manage to focus on “big movements by you to big targets on the dog”. The dog’s rib cage is also a sensitive area.

For more survival and safety tips on dog attacks, you can check out our article.

How To Survive A Dog Attack

There is no national record for keeping track of dog attacks in Australia, but it is estimated that there are 10,000 dog attacks annually, with over 1400 resulting in hospitalisations. Between 2000 and 2003, there were more than 25 deaths attributable to dog attacks -- more than sharks and venomous snakes combined. In short, man's best friend is one of the deadliest animals.

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A Navy SEAL explains what to do if you’re attacked by a dog [Business Insider]


  • What’s with the videos at the end of each article now? I’m finding it very annoying now as it causes problems with the loading of the web page 🙁

  • Oh. I had read previously that you shove your forearm into the dogs mouth and then repeatedly hit it in the stomach. Or jab it up the anus. Now I’m confused on what to do.

    • Or let the dog lock its teeth onto your forearm (covered with something to protect your skin) and then lock your other arm behind its head, trapping its head between your two arms, and then force its head backwards with the arm it’s biting – as if you were going to snap its neck.

      One of two things will happen – you will snap its neck and kill it, or force it to let go of your arm. The pressure on its neck will also force it to the ground which will give you more advantage.

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