I live in a very large neighborhood where I go jogging on a regular basis, and every now and then, a dog runs into the road and starts barking at me. If it’s small or friendly-looking, I just ignore it and keep jogging. But a few times, I’ve had a very vicious-looking start toward me, barking all the way. When that happens, I resist the urge to run and just stand still until it gets bored and wanders off.
One time, I was waiting for the school bus with my four-year-old when I turned around and saw two huge dogs running down the street toward us. I quickly picked up my son and carried him inside, but not before the dogs reached us. Fortunately, those dogs were friendly. If they weren’t, we’d have been in big trouble.
Anyway, because of my experience with stray dogs, this video piqued my interest when I saw it in my feed. The vast majority of dogs are friendly and won’t attack you, but what will happen if the shit hits the fan? Most people never consider this, but during a widespread disaster, there could be many feral dogs running around. If there’s not enough food to feed all the people, then there certainly won’t be enough food to feed all the dogs. And in the chaos of a disaster, many dogs are liable to escape their homes or yards. Hungry or frightened dogs can be very dangerous.
Because of this, I think it’s worth taking some time to learn how to survive a dog attack. In this video, Reality Survival talks about warning signs that a dog is about to bite you, what to do if you see these warning signs, how to stop the dog if necessary, and more. There’s some really great advice here so check it out below.
I want to highlight a quote in the comments section below. Susan has some great advice. She says,
When I volunteered for a national disaster response agency, I often traveled all over the country in areas just devastated by one natural disaster or another… As an animal lover who has spent my entire life in animal rescue, one of the most frightening predicaments would be the bands of starving dogs left by their owners who had to flee areas of complete destruction. I always carried a small metal bowl , A bottle of water, and dog biscuits in my backpack and stuff in my pockets. In all my years traveling on deployments, the highest rate of injuries in the field that I was aware of, was from dog bites. If I would continue, I would be tempted to bring a Bear spray with me.”