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