Navy Seal Explains What to Do If You’re Attacked by a Dog

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Life isn’t always a walk in the park. Sometimes, we find ourselves in difficult situations and there’s no way of helping that. But, according to Clint Emerson, a retired Navy Seal and an expert in all things “survival,” you never know what you may need to do in order to escape danger, so it is important to be prepared. Whether you stumble across casualties in an accident or you’re faced with a knife-wielding maniac, his book will equip you with the knowledge to overcome these situations.

Dogs are generally cute, loving animals but attacks have become a common occurrence. Thankfully, though, most aren’t fatal. Emerson highlights what to do if you find yourself in a situation wherein you need to defend yourself against an angry canine, so in this article, I will outline some of his valuable advice from his most popular book: 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.

Though fatal attacks are more of a rare occurrence, the number of people being bitten is not. Over 4.5 million Americans are injured by dogs every year and over thirteen thousand of them end up hospitalized.

A man in Iowa was reported to have died after saving his five-year-old daughter from a vicious dog attack.

Fortunately, the daughter survived despite being bitten on the face, but police confirmed that her father died due to the serious nature of his injuries.    

No further details have been released on the attacker, but the police did make a statement in which they mentioned that they “did have to discharge a weapon to dispatch the animal to stop the attack” because it would not release the victim.

Clint Emerson is a retired Navy SEAL. Who better to get survival advice from than a man that has overcome plenty of these kinds of situations? In order to avoid further casualties in situations involving dogs, Emerson has taken it upon himself to highlight some important rules when dealing with a canine attack.

The first and probably most important rule. This is going to make or break the rest of the altercation. If you have to defend yourself from an animal with sharp teeth, you must be able to protect the vital parts of your body, because once the teeth sink in there, they’ll rip your flesh right off.

Use your jacket, a purse, or anything else that the dog can go after as opposed to you. Keep the dog distracted for as long as you can so you can have time to come up with a plan or run away.

This will help to protect the vital arteries near your wrist. If the dog manages to pierce that area, you will lose too much blood and won’t have the power to fend the animal off. This is why this rule is the most important. If you don’t have anything like that on you, give the dog your forearm rather than your hand or the inside of your arm, as it will only be able to bite into flesh there.

The reason for this is that it serves as a direct, open target. It is the front and center of the animal so it will be easy to aim for. This will maim the dog, giving you some extra time.

Emerson gives other options too. If you can’t directly go for the dog’s muzzle, you can go for the eyes or other sensitive areas of the body like its legs.

You’re more likely to miss in those areas or they can be too hard to get to, which might give the animal an upper hand. So you’re better off going for bigger targets, like the face, if you can.

This means that your “gross motor skills” (abilities that involve large muscles in the arms and legs) are probably going to be the only thing in action, so you must use them to your advantage.

If all else is failing, this will be the technique that saves your life. Kicking the attacker will create some separation between the two of you and, because that area is also very sensitive, you’ll probably hurt it enough to leave you alone.

The last rule is pretty simple. If you’re going to go into battle against something as vicious as an aggressive dog, make sure you fight with a vengeance. It will be difficult because you won’t want to hurt the animal, but your life will be at risk and you must protect yourself. Emerson sums it up pretty accurately: you must “try and make the dog understand that you are the alpha”.

On Amazon, it has been awarded 4/5 stars with numerous, positive reviews. It contains many other survival techniques, including what to do in the presence of an active shooter or when coming face-to-face with a thief who is attempting to take your valuables.

This user (TheMurlock) was pleasantly surprised by the contents of this book, describing the situations as “crazy” but “very interesting”.

Matthew Evans described it as a “great quick read”.

Calliegh bought this for her husband, but now she has to deal with the consequences.

Well, at least this user still gave it 4/5 on Amazon…

While I do understand this book takes complex situations and makes the solutions seem simple, you must remember that when you’re actually involved in them, the reality is completely different. You’re more likely to react in an irrational manner due to how your body reacts to stress and each reaction is different, so please be warned. Judge it carefully. If a thief wants your valuables, you’re better off giving them up as opposed to getting involved in an altercation. Valuables can be replaced. Stay safe at all costs. 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation is available for purchase from Amazon. If you want some useful tips on what to do when you’re drowning, have a read of this.