Actually, I’m not talking about Dishu Quan, which is the Dog Kung Fu Style in China, I’m talking about simple and real self defense against a dog attack.I’ll talk about Ishu Quan at some later time. right now I want to say that…I’ve been bitten by dogs three or four times. A couple of the bites were nips, nothing to them, except the wait to find out if I had rabies. The other two times were bad.
The other time I was about twenty-two and I went to separate two dogs that were fighting, one of which was mine. I lifted them both up, and then fell right smack between them. My own German Shepherd, in the heat of the moment, tore open my side. Oh well.
Anyway, the point of this is that humans don’t have teeth, so they have to have better methods for defending against dogs.
And, I should ssay that this is not a be cruel to animals blog. I love dogs. But, if you ever run up against a Cujo style mutt, you may need to draw on what I say here.
First, ascertain whether the hound is going low or high. You can actually guide the dog a bit by leaving the target exposed or vulnerable. If he goes low, smash across his neck with a fist as hard as you can. This is dangerous, because you are going in range of his teeth.
It might be a good idea, because of this, to try and mislead the dog to attacking your extended to one side arm, and then sliding in the other side for an advantage. Maybe you can hit or kick before he can recover form his position.
Second, if you can get him to go high, there is always the foot or the knee to the body. Deliver it with great force. If you can, grab a paw and start swinging the dog. This is hard, but I’m just throwing out ideas.
Lastly, one thing rover doesn’t like is being attacked in his mouth. I hear some guys saying that when a mutt opens his mouth to bite, you reach in and burrow deep and grab tongue and whatever and cause pain. Well, maybe. Sounds a bit like an urban legend. Wouldn’t want to try it.
However, once I was delivering newspapers and a dog tried to pull me off my bicycle. I had had a time to think about that first attack, and I ended up stomping the dog, literally kicking out his teeth. I didn’t kick, because he would have grabbed the ankle. I stomped, because the sole of my shoe would offer some protection. And it did.
Anyway, looking back over this column, I’m not entirely happy with it. I don’t like recommending cruelty to animals, but remember, this is advice when you are being attacked by a dog, and you need to protect yourself, or your loved ones. And, maybe it won’t do to call what I’ve recommended here as a dog kung fu style, but hopefully it will save your life.