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How to Protect Yourself if a Dog Attacks

DAYTON -- Dogs are man's best friend, and while most never show aggression, it can happen.

"They don't attack because they're cruel, they want to harm, they attack because they feel they must, and they're afraid," said Kyle Adams, owner of Captain Spish Dog Behavior.

First we asked kids what would you do if you were attacked?

"Probably just give him a knuckle sandwich," said William.

"What would you do?" asked the reporter, "Slap him in the face," said Kate.

Then we asked their protectors.

"You want to attack what's attacking your children or grandchildren, take control of the situation," said Ann Dreyer.

But when it comes to an angry or scared dog, here's what you really should do.

"Get a hold of the dog carefully around the chest or neck if you think it won't turn on you, and slow its head and keep it from moving and you have to actually press the cheek of the dog into its teeth the best you can and gently pry it open," said Adams.

Adams explains the worst thing you can do is run.

"They will pursue with great intensity, you have no way of defending yourself from behind and they will out run you," said Adams.

And Adams says never hit the dog with a stick or try to pull anyone away from jaws.

"If you attack them and give them more reason to, or that they're correct, that they're being attacked, they have more reason to keep attacking," said Adams.

But most importantly control your feelings.

"Try to control your anger and your frustration.  The animal is innocent as well no animal wants to harm, it's not in them.  They just feel they must," said Adams.

One more tip, if a dog approaches in an aggressive manner or starts to lunge, put your arms up to protect yourself but make sure you use the back of your arms.

 
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