Navy SEAL Shares How to Defend Yourself During Dog Attack

Clint Emerson, a former Navy SEAL and author of the book “100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation,” shared his insight into how to handle being attacked by a dog. He created step-by-step instructions for managing a violent encounter with a canine, giving you the best chance to get away.

Video of Emerson’s advice was shared on Business Insider, where he provides clear guidance on how to proceed should a dog attack you.

Emerson first recommends that you “guard yourself.” He stated, “Take your shirt, your jacket, whatever you have, maybe even a messenger bag or purse.”

“Give that dog something to go after so that it’s not going after any other vital areas of your body,” said Emerson. “Take your shirt off, put it around your arm. You want to protect mainly where the ulnar and radius flow because that’s where your major arteries are.”

He continued, “So if you’re going to give a dog your arm, give it the forearm, but not [the underside] because that’s where your vital arteries are.”

Emerson then provides instruction on how to fight back, saying, “Punch it in the nose and the muzzle.”

He says the reason for targeting that area is “the muzzle and the nose is going to be right there, front and center.” Emerson added, “It’s a big target.”

“You can go for the eyes and some other areas of the body,” he stated, “But the reality is those are small targets. You want to go for big targets.”

Emerson pointed out, “When you’re under stress, gross motor skills are about the only thing that are going to work, so that means big movements by you to big targets on the dog. Anything else, you’ll probably miss and give the dog an advantage.”

“Kicking it behind the arms, near the rib cage, is also another alternative, because it’s very sensitive underneath their armpits, just like it is for us.”

He then adds, “If you’re going to fight, fight with vengeance, and try and make that dog understand that you are the alpha.”