– The surest and quickest way to stop a dog attack uses the social cues inbuilt into man’s best friend in a rather blunt way, shall we say – a finger up the backside.
Luckily for Ann Bendouli of Melbourne and her Jack Russell Terrier pup “Lexey” (pictured), Ann used this tactic rather by accident in order to save Lexey from almost certain death at the hands of an unrestrained Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Ann had previously read online the somewhat strange advice that a cigarette lighter inserted into the attacking dog’s backside will break a dog out of attack mode. However every Veterinary professional the Daily Dog has consulted on this issue has advised us this is not good enough; a finger it must be, and all the way too!
You may be wondering why pups4sale is writing an article on this rather disgusting subject, but if you have ever witnessed a dog/other animals/human being attacked by a dog, you will know what a harrowing experience it is for all involved. The technique we report on here is the best method by far to stop an attack in its tracks, so the Daily Dog makes no bones about writing a Post on the topic.
The finger up the backside works by instantly triggering the canine’s submissive instinct toward a dominant animal. In a pack situation the dominant animal will often “ride” less dominant animals as part of establishing and maintaining what is commonly referred to as the “pecking order”. Whilst that term originated with reference to birds, it also applies to many mammalian species, with dogs being included in that group.
The finger thus feels like another “object” of similar shape (if you know what we mean!) that would be placed in or near the backside were the dog being ridden by a more dominant male dog. The sensation that this move creates means the dog on the receiving end instantly enters submission mode – even if it is in full blown attack mode at the time.
When Ann applied this manoeuvre to the attacking Staffy, it instantly dropped Lexey, who was gathered up and taken to the Vet for emergency surgery. Fifteen stitches later (as you can see in the attached photo), a very lucky Lexey was out of danger and on the road to recovery. The instant nature of the attack cessation means any Good Samaritans who are trying to help stop the attack are also far less likely to be bitten themselves in the process.
In many cases such as this, the owner of the attacking dog and the dog itself quickly disappear before authorities can identify them. Fortunately in this case, the owner of the Staffy was bitten by her own dog during the attack (serves her right, we say!), hospitalized and lost the tip of one toe as a result. This meant the owner was identified and the Local Council are looking to throw the book at her – to which we say “Hear! Hear!”
Regardless of Council’s actions however, please note the advice we are passing on today regarding how to quickly, reliably and successfully break a dog out of attack mode should you be placed in a situation where you need to do so. Whilst this course of action appears disgusting, it may well save your dog’s life or that of a child. Well worth the price of a good hand wash afterwards, wouldn’t you say?