Calgacus wrote:If you get time and dog is thinking and warming up to an attack take off jacket and wrap it around arm . Go into a foot forward fight stance for balance as charging dog leaps to bite the front offered wrappped arm and locks on to shake. Now with rear hand bring over and smash down a hard half brick or solid hand shaped beach rock suited for just this purpose to the top of head while dog is focused on front arm struggle ( carry one in base of buggy pram when out walking baby) Do not fight it or go to ground with it. Kill it outright with rock smashes to top of skull. It wont even see or know the rear hand was coming.
shock its brain instantly.
Take care of the little warrior until she can protect you, sorry to hear of this scare mate
If items are unavailable (HIGHLY LIKELY), I do recommend-if time permits-to wrap a jacket, shirt, baby blanket around an arm and offer it to the dog, but do not strike the dog, dogs arent people and they arent easily stunned, especially a "police/guard" breed like a doberman, german shepherd, rottweiler, etc. Basically, no dog is going to get hit and stop fighting if they're engaged. So I suggest grabbing it around the throat and squeezing. They have large throats that you can easily feel with your fingers, so clamp like you're making the strongest fist of your life.
I have a german shepherd, and I've wrestled with my dog a little bit to test these things (obviously nothing too mean, because she's the sweetest dog in the world), but I've seen her crack her head on a piece of steel, and keep playing like nothing would ever bother her.
Also, go for the eyes, instinctively mammals are psychologically designed to protect their eyes, as they are vital to survival, as well as being the most sensitive organs on the body (yes, even past the testicles). And that is about the only thing i can think of that would actually make a dog disengage... For about 2 seconds, until serious eye damage is done.
EDIT TO ADD: I'm reading alot of the crap people have posted, and I do say crap, no offence to everyone intended, but running scenarios of "would do this if this happened" and "if this is available" or "should do this because POSSIBLY the end result COULD be this", is garbage. Take all the what-ifs out, and just bare-bones, it would be ideal if you could randomly pick up a sign post, or a rock, satchel, and strike it with something. But a dog's body language is hard to read if you don't have experience with it. For all you know, he could be excited to see somebody so late at night, and could want to play, some dogs are trained with poor manners, so they run instead of approach slowly and respectfully.
I believe in the addage "there is no BAD dog, just badly TRAINED, or TREATED" they all just want to be loved by their "pack". Now, everyone's speaking about ATTACKING the dog, or defending, maybe you try and redirect it, bring along some cheap stew meat, the more putrid the better, the more it smells, the more alluring it is to an animal. Keep it in a plastic bag or some such, and when encountering a dog youre unsure of, throw that fucker AT the dog, and go another direction, it might not work because he may be dead-set on YOU, but not for a meal, for a dominance, territorial meeting. Obviously encouraged by their piece of shit owners.
A jacket will do ALOT to protect your arm from a dog, it won't prevent all injuries, but it will negate some puncture, and shredding wounds if the dog decides to thrash. You WILL feel the pressure of the jaws, but dogs dont have saber-tooth teeth like everyone seems to be thinking, with a decent sized jacket their teeth will never get through to your skin.
Dogs are naturally led by their heads, same as people, you look where you walk, and then you walk there. Think about mauy thai, you lead your opponent in the clinch by the head, it can lead him to the ground, or any which direction, and dogs are exactly the same way, if you have a jacket-wrapped arm, you can basically direct him with it, if roll him sideways, there are any number of stomping opportunities, kick its legs out from under it, could cause serious injury to its legs, or more than likely, do nothing but knock it over, again, stomping opportunities. Dogs can be very unpredictable, and they are tough as fucking nails, even injured, or broken, is NO guarantee they will quit.
And pepper spray doesnt work on dogs. Mace, highly unlikely (told by police who have sprayed dogs running at them) bear mace is your best bet, also usually gives a good spray distance of 10-15 ft. or so.
Dogs also tend to jump to get a grip on you if their first attack was unsuccessful (assuming it doesnt go for a leg), imagine what you can do there, kick out its back legs, or more likely walk in, and give a good hard shove to knock it over. Dogs recover very quickly from falls, and knock-downs, be fast.
If possible, carry a SMALL knife, letter opener, utility knife, literally anything will work, just keep it in a pocket, or belt, and when you stab it, stab it in the head, neck, and shoulders, dont go for its torso, it may be smaller than a person, so you can more likely reach its organs, but I see that as a waste of precious little time to stab, side of the neck is obviously ideal, as they have large necks, so a large easy target is ideal. You'll be rushed with adrenaline, maybe shaking, maybe not, you're fine motor skills go right out the window (as empirical evidence from all such attacks PROVE) you WILL be unable to use your hands as much better than clubs, I always try and imagine mittens, unless you have trained yourself mentally and physically to prepare unconsciously.
I repelled a dog attack from my dog when she was only a puppy, I grabbed the throat and squeezed, it then consciously switched from attacking my poor little buddy, or save its own life. It chose wisely.