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How Should You React During A Dog Attack?

Although there are preventative measures to keep you safe from dog attacks and dog bites, sometimes an animal attack cannot be avoided. You could be attacked unexpectedly or you could be attacked by an aggressive dog despite your best efforts. Do you know the best way to handle a dog attack?

· Protect your neck and face.
Some of the worst injuries from dog attacks are related to the face, eyes, mouth, and neck - protect those areas of your body as well as you can during the attack to prevent facial scarring, blindness, facial nerve damage, and sometimes-fatal throat injuries. If you are able, pull your shirt up over your face and cover your face with your arms and hands. Bring your chin down to your chest to protect your neck.

· Stay calm. Dogs are expert at sensing fear and could become more confident in their attack if they think that they are in charge of the situation. Staying calm will also allow you to think clearly and make the best choices to protect yourself.

· Curl into a ball and remain still and silent. Your natural reaction may be to fail around and scream for help. However, the best reaction is to curl into a tight ball, protecting your face and organs, while remaining quiet. Hopefully, the dog will lose interest in you if you and stop his attack. Struggling against the dog can also cause worse wounds.

· Don't hit the dog in the skull. Dogs will not be harmed by this, and it will simply agitate an already aggressive animal. If you do fight back, focus on the sensitive parts of the dog, such as behind his neck, his nose, and his eyes. Still, attacking the dog may only lead to further acts of aggression.

· If someone else is being attack, don't try to pull them away.
Instead, try to hit the dog on the back of the neck. Trying to pull the victim away will simply create dangerous tear wounds. If your own dog is being attacked, do not interfere - it is not worth putting your life at risk.