So, what if a dog bite you?

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The Guardian
Barked: Mon Oct 1, '12 1:17pm PST 
I've been bitten a couple of times before by my own dog, Steele. It was from breaking up fights though (particularly between him and a past foster dog he hated very much).

He bit me good once when breaking up a fight. The foster had him by the back end really bad and the second he let go and Steele was able to turn around to go at him, I was in the way. =) lol He latched onto my thigh and shook back and forth. I just stood there, holding the foster by the collar and figured Steele would realize it's me and let go immediately. But he didn't. He held it and shook more. After about 7 long seconds, the pain got to me and I finally hollered out (a deep "Aaaagh!") and that seemed to snap him out of it/made him realize it was me and he let me go. It was just pure blind rage and I don't blame him one bit, seeing as how the foster had him so badly just before, I'd have done the same thing if I was him. lol

Anyway, I tend not to react much in dangerous dog situations. I've basically trained myself over the years, through learning about dog behavior/training/body language/etc, to keep calm so you can observe and react with a clearer mind (whether that's a dog fight or a dog coming after me). And I naturally tend to not react to much anyway. lol

If it came down to a dog grabbing me like in that CM video, the simple answer is I would do whatever it took to stop the attack. Honestly, I'd likely react much like Cesar did. It would just be instinct basically. But I'm someone who has no fear to throw down with a full grown large dog if I had to (I mean if it was risk of serious injury or life or death, what else would you do?).

If it would come down to very serious harm or life/death, first thing that'd come to mind is jabbing my hand under the neck and grabbing the trachea, squeezing/holding on as tight as possible in hopes they release and stop (I can't imagine many dogs holding a bite through having their trachea crushed). If it kills them, oh damn well. It'd be sad, but necessary to avoid death or needing 10 plastic surgeries to repair my face. This is all considering there was no one around to help, obviously.

But that would be very extreme and I doubt it would ever happen to me. lol

Edited by author Mon Oct 1, '12 1:19pm PST


Lil Country Boy
Barked: Mon Oct 1, '12 2:17pm PST 
I've been taught to do what others have said, twist the collar and don't 'fight' the dog. AKA dont try to jerk away or jerk the dog away.

And er what video y'all talkin bout? I've seen several where hes been attacked/bit.

The Guardian
Barked: Mon Oct 1, '12 3:43pm PST 
@Liam- The video the OP mentioned, I believe, is the one with the yellow lab, Holly:

CM and Holly

In addition to my first post, I was thinking of if the dog didn't have a collar on or it slipped off. If there's a snug collar, I'd also twist it to get the dog to let go before going through with the other things I mentioned. I've done the collar twist before when needed as well, in different situations.

Edited by author Mon Oct 1, '12 3:44pm PST


LuLu "Lupin"- Padfoot

Barked: Mon Oct 1, '12 5:33pm PST 
I've always just stopped moving. Anything else I worry would aggravate the dog more. I haven't been bit in years, but the last time I clearly remember and when I took a step back realized the dog was scared and I had just grabbed him. Of course he was going to bite.

That video with CM though, the dogs body language was pretty obvious. I don't know if he was tired or just doesn't know better but ergh.
Dolly- Mixture

Barked: Tue Oct 2, '12 7:15am PST 
I haven’t seen that particular video but have seen a lot were CM torments the dogs to make them more aggressive for the cameras.

Dogs always have a reason to bite, many nervous or excitable dogs will give a bite but a full on attack is rare and usually caused by us humans. There are many ways to cause a dog to do a full on attack, like CM does before filming starts, teasing the dog, teaching the dog to attack but the main cause is lack of socialisation. There is also the dog that has brain problems, some with epilepsy will attack when they are coming out of it but many of the brain problems have been caused by humans.

In the UK many teenagers have Staffies or Staffy crosses for their “Street cred”, these dogs are under socialised and often beaten to make them more aggressive.

When a dog bites and holds it is the canine teeth that go into our skin, if we try to pull our self away from the dog we tear the skin, if we just stand we just get puncture wounds. Of course this is a lot easier to say than do.

Screaming will also make the dog worse, animals often scream when they are being killed as prey so this will excite a dog more, again easier to say than do.

If you think a dog is going to attack you it is better to drop to the ground and into a ball protecting the back of your neck with your hands and arms. Often this will be enough to stop the dog but not always so it is important you protect the back of your neck.
Alva BH

I ordered the- best dog for me- & got her
Barked: Wed Oct 3, '12 11:26am PST 
If Alva bit me or anybody else I'd rush her to a vet or at least look at the mirror in my bathroom. What I or that other person did to push her over the bite inhibition. It isn't likely anyone could make her bite without something behind it - a very aggressive attack against her or me or some illness in her. And that would be the reason for a visit to a vet. If Alva bit, I'd suspect pain in her.

She nipped me when she was a puppy and did not like brushing. She learned pretty quickly that there's no use in mouthing me, brushing ends when she stands/lies still. Her bite inhibition is not as high as our other dogs have had but it is still there. And, if she ever uses her teeth, she doesn't use a full bite.

I've never seen a full bite. I don't think I'll ever have or be in close contact with a dog that has so severe issues that it includes biting.

Edited by author Wed Oct 3, '12 11:33am PST

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