In reading through these posts, I feel that I must respond to this thread because it appears to me that some people have no concept of exactly how much damage a dog can do.
I have trained and shown dogs for many years, both Rottweillers,and Ovtcharka's (Russian flock guardians) and can say firsthand that if a large dog is intent on attacking you, you WILL be injured. You may or may not wind up seriously hurt but you will be hurt.
I have had and/or trained Rotties that were 160 lbs. If these dogs get a hold of you, the jaw pressure alone is enough to break bones.
I currently have and show the Ovtcharka's. These are rare dogs from Russia and their job is to protect.( They are bred to protect against wolves, bears, and people). These dogs are 135+ lbs and extremely quick. I was recently bit while trying to break up a fight, and have four deep puncture wounds as a result.
Some posts here have said that a dog will go after the neck, this is nonsense. In the wild, a dog will chase down it's prey and grab for it's rear legs to take it down and then go in for the kill. A dog that has been trained in protection, will most times go for a limb. You CAN get in a knife slash or stab if you are quick enough, but if the dog gets in on you you are in trouble.
If it was so easy to defend against a dog attack, it would not be a fact that there are many,many thousands of people that have to go to the emergency room each year.
Your best line of defense in a serious dog attack is to stand your ground and try to get a grip on the dogs throat at arms length.This will enable you to keep his mouth off of you. It is true that some dogs will run when hurt, but an awful lot will just keep coming, and believe me, taking a hit from a 150 lb dog at full run is like getting tackled by a NFL linebacker.
For those who say, "I really don't want to hurt the dog" think about this. If that big dog is attacking you for real, and you let up and give him a second chance,you might not live to tell about it.
The point I am trying to make here is that you should NEVER underestimate a dog nor it's abilities.
C.O.'s-"It takes balls to work behind the walls "
[This message has been edited by Jailhack (edited 23 June 1999).]