The wounds from jamming your fist in his mouth will be trivial to the pain
from him closing his jaws on some fleshier part of your anatomy. A dog can
easily bite all the way through your hand and dog bites hurt like a son of
Again - look at the size of your hand, and then look at most large dogs the
next time you get the chance. My thoughts are that you'll never be able to
do it. I believe this suggestion is one of those that originated in the
mind of someone who has never tried it, more than one that is based on
practical knowledge. I have a 100lb plus German Shepherd and I'd personally
give anyone $100 if they could jam their fist into his throat. Even if it
were possible, I'd pay another hundred to watch the show as that fool tried
to keep his hand in there and subdue the dog until he passed out. Hospital
bills are the responsibility of the fool that thinks this is going to work
and tries it.
It's all about buying time. I've never had to do it myself and I don't
know anyone who has, but I saw a disturbing video produced by the
Russian military successfully demonstrating the same technique with a
large and aggressive dog. The idea is to trigger the dog's gag reflex,
which will cause him to temporarily lose focus of his attack. If you
have ever seen a dog try to dislodge something from his throat, you can
probably form a good idea of the mechanics at work. To survive an attack
from a dog trained to kill or injure people, you must disable the
animal's ability to mount an attack, and to do that, you need time to
smash a foot or dislocate one of his legs. If you try to kick the dog,
you could lose your balance and fall, placing you at an even greater
disadvantage. When I was a kid, I learned that most (pet) dogs would
break off an attack if I threw a rock at them. Sometimes the act of
bending over to pick up a rock was enough of a deterrent.
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As a cyclist, my preferred method of dealing with aggressive dogs is to
pedal a little harder and outrun them. If unable to do that due to
terrain, tired legs or laziness, I just pull out my water bottle and give
'em a little squirt in the face.
Even the most aggressive mutt is immediately put off by the surprise
stream of liquid into their face. It's worked on dogs of all sizes and
There's a big, ugly mixed breed that I've done that to three times lately,
and I think he's starting to get used to it. This weekend, I think
there'll be some pepper sauce in the bottle.
As a motorcyclist off and on for fifty years, I'd say you left out a
When the dog approaches, brake sharply to get behind him. THEN speed
up, planting a large boot on his butt. I've never had to do it twice.
I was faced with that once -- unable to speed up fast enough to outrun the
dog. I'm sure my top speed was higher than his, but he had superior
acceleration, and I could see he would catch me. Fortunately, there was a car
coming. I waited until it was almost too late, then crossed the road in front
of the car. The dog had two options: abandon the chase, or be hit by the car.
It selected the former. The driver of the car was none too happy with me, but
that was, at the moment, not very high on my list of concerns. :-)
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Ratties and the other terrier breeds were designed to go after rats
and other vermin; Rotties and Dobes were designed for the two legged
varieties. Slight difference in scale but both are fully capable of
My grandkids all learned the same lesson -- don't poke the dog. BTW,
dog also trained not to bite, so the sequence is funny: poke, poke,
poke, warning, poke, growl, warning, poke, snap!lick! Dog's
expression comes out as "Honestly, boss! I was licking and his/her
fingers snagged on my teeth!" All the kids treat dogs with respect and
know the warning signs for an unfriendly dog.
Ontario is making the big step and proposing what British Common Law
has always said -- the owner of a dog is financially responsible for
what the dog does, unless the victim of the dog attack is doing
something he shouldn't like B&E or trespassing. That and bringing in a
off-property-muzzle-law for the assault breeds.
True in a lot of places.
Arizona is an interesting state because it consists of urban islands isolated by
miles and miles of desert, rangeland, etc. In the urbanized areas you call animal
control when you encounter a dog running loose. In the un-urbanized, mostly
uninhabited areas, the rule is more direct. Free roaming dogs are likely to be shot
In neither case are dogs running loose tolerated. Nor should they be.
My friend, you underestimate the coyote! First, you're unlikely to see them.
Second, they are very prolific animals.
In days gone by people not only shot coyotes on sight, they killed the litters
in the dens, lured them into range with varmint calls (and 'range' was likely to
be 200 yards or more!), poisoned them, trapped them and hunted them.
Killed a lot of coyotes, but the coyotes kept bouncing back.
They're not my favorite animals, but it's hard not admire them in a sneaky sort
(And did I mention they are a major killer of free-roaming dogs?)
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