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James Lafond and I debated the best way to counter a dog bite. I argued to stuff the forearm into the jaw and sweep for full mount. He argued for hand down the throat. Reddit says I am right.
Showdown with Holly | Dog Whisperer
Attack the throat, not the eyes, with the off hand. Cesar Millan uses a throat strike to reset a dog's aggression.
If Cesar's hand gets taken, he delivers a punt to the dog's underbelly as it tries to drag him. This allows him to step into the drag and convert it to psychological shock. Once the drag stops, he punches the throat to force a release.
His threat display is hands out and low at sides making two mouth shapes visible to the dog, fingers pointing down.
7 hours ago
True lifesaver: if you are ever attacked by a dog, push your forearm INTO the bite. This pries the jaws apart and prevents them from clamping down. If a dog is attacking you, the best thing you can do is offer your forearm, push as far back as possible, and then grab the dog by the scruff of its neck with your other hand to hold it. The dog is now functionally muzzled and you have control of its head. The sooner and harder you push into the bite, the less damage the bite will do.
5 hours ago
This is a good rule for human bites too, just so you know. Push in don’t pull!
4 hours ago
This works for cats too, especially when they have you in the death hug.
When cats kill their prey they sometimes use their front limbs to pull the prey towards their belly, and their back feet/claws to scratch and disembowel it. It’s instinctual, but cats can be taught not to do it to humans.
(If you’ve ever seen someone try to give a cat a belly rub, only to be attacked, this instinct is part of it, as well as a defense against attackers)
If a cat isn’t trained to not attack your arm, or they are trained but end up locked-on, the worst thing to do is pull your arm away like you’d naturally try to do. Prey animals will try to run, so that pulling motion on the cat’s limbs mimic prey and the cat will pull you tighter to it’s stomach and bite harder.
Instead, do this:
Push your arm in quickly toward’s the cat’s jaws (like a quick pulse, sort of, not a slow steady pressure). This will both keep it from chomping down on you and startle it
Use your other hand to push the cat’s head back. Bonus points if you can cover their eyes. Suddenly your arm is no longer “prey” but “predator” and the goal is now “ESCAPE” instead of kill
Make as high pitched “Yelp” as you can. Like the most embarrassingly loud squeak possible. This is especially important if you’re training a cat or kitten, because that loud yelp is not only startling but indicates “this playtime is too rough, now, and you need to stop.” Kittens naturally do this squeak when their play with siblings gets too rough, and the cat learns what level of force is ok for it
After you’re free, ignore the cat completely. Don’t look at it, don’t talk to it, nothing. Act as if it isn’t there at all, the ultimate silent treatment. This reinforces that they were too rough and play time is OVER. Ignore it for at least five minutes.
The squeak & ignore can be used on kittens any time their rough, and as soon as they stop give a command. My older cat knows “soft paws” or “hey! Soft!” as commands to retract her claws and be more gentle with me. Taught her as a kitten and it’s a blessing
Lafond needs to know this.
This is about countering medium animal bites. What about large ones? Well, a forearm is probably a good sacrifice then too. If something's going to get worried, then the shoulder and elbow give a good range of motion. An extremity is more expendable than the torso. You'll need a knife in the off-hand, obviously.