Imagine you were taking a walk on the street and an unfriendly looking dog crosses your path from nowhere. The dog gets hostile as it begins barking and growling intensely, it then all of a sudden goes offensive on you.
How you respond within the split seconds of the domestic beast attack can make a massive difference between getting all rough and wounded by the dog or walking out of that incidence safely.
Look for an Improvised Weapon that is close by
Not much that you might have in your pocket is likely to be very effective against a big dog. As such, check around for any possible object that you could possibly use as a weapon, a stone or cut portion of a tree branch would do. If you are lucky to find any of such items, you would be able to stop the dog from hurting you with an attack on its head.
Hold Your Ground
In the instance you couldn’t find any weapon close-by, do not run; resist the fearful thoughts of running no matter how close you think you are to safety.
Dogs sense fear and would go hard on you should you start running.
Stand your ground while looking around for any object to use in attacking the dog.
Standing your ground is the sure bet if you aren’t lucky to find any implements around to use until the dog gets exhausted from barking and leaves.
Dogs have short attention spans, and that should be the only card at your disposal if it just barks from a distance.
Issue Strong Verbal Commands
Remember that dogs though wild and aggressive, still have in them the ability to bow to strangers who issue firm, verbal commands such as ‘get down,’ ‘lie down,’ and any other strong words may cause it to hesitate a bit while giving you enough time to back away.
Assume a Defensive Position
If after holding on, the dog in question gets a little harsh and keeps pushing forward a little. Then it’s time to assume a defensive position- a position where you don’t get to make direct eye contact with the dog, preferably a sideways view.
As it sends a non-threatening signal to the dog, and also prepares you for a likely defensive should the dog launch forward. Think the position a boxer assumes in the boxing ring.
After observing all that has been done, then prepare your mind for the possibility of likely attacking the dog swiftly, an effective way is by going for its eye, once that can be done, you are sure of getting the dog off balance (as the eyes of a dog is one of its most sensitive spots).
You can then escape or inflict more harm on the dog afterward. But should the dog sneaked its way to have you bitten, you should use your feet to kick it off your space while protecting your vital body parts.