Weapons Man explains how to fight a dog (and win), starting with these facts about dogs:
- Anybody can fight any dog and win.
- Normal dogs do not fight to the death.
- Adults killed by a single dog are extremely rare outliers.
- The only part of the dog that can hurt you is the teeth.
- The dog is extremely vulnerable in the neck area.
- If it is a fight to the death, expect to get bitten… don’t let it distract you.
Dogs fight like pack animals:
They run around and try to distract you and get behind you. A vicious dog, behind you, may go for a hamstring. Dogs make darting, slashing attacks and break contact. Dogs fight dogs naturally, but they do not fight to the death, only for dominance. A human who has been knocked down by a dog or a pack of dogs may trigger predation behavior, but one who remains upright and takes the fight to the dog will always prevail.
It helps to have protection on your weak hand forearm; you can then offer that as a target for the dog. Even without protection, offering the weak hand leaves the dog vulnerable to your strong hand. If you get him to snap at that, you have him right where you want him. Get his neck with your strong hand and overturn him.
Your objective is to get him on his back, with you astride him, and both hands on his neck. In this position he cannot bite you and you can choke him out. If you don’t want to kill the dog, you can just choke him. If you do want to kill him, crush his windpipe; end of dog. In fact, in most cases, the dog will give up when overturned by someone who has a grip on his neck.
Odds are you outweigh him; you have opposable thumbs; you are much more intelligent; you are the apex predator.