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Self-defense Against a Dog Attack

Self-defense Against a Dog Attack [Kindle Edition]

Loren W. Christensen
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Every year in the United States, nearly 5 million people are bitten by a dog. While there are no foolproof ways to defend against a vicious dog attack, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. In this informative guide, veteran law enforcement officer and military dog handler Loren W. Christensen explains how dog attacks happen, what you can do when threatened by a dog and ways to defend yourself if attacked. He also discusses what to do after an attack, how to come to the aid of another person, and tips on how to behave around dogs to reduce your chances of being the victim of a dog bite.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1502 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Press (19 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Mr. Christensen began training in the martial arts in 1965 and continues to this day. Over the years he has earned a total of 11 black belts, eight in karate, two in jujitsu and one in arnis. As a result of his tour in Vietnam and nearly three decades in law enforcement, Mr. Christensen's focus in the martial arts - writing, teaching and training - has always been on street survival, not competition. He has starred in seven martial arts training videos.

In August of 2011, Mr. Christensen was inducted into the martial arts Masters Hall of Fame in Anaheim, California, receiving The Golden Life Achievement Award.

As a professional writer since 1978, Mr. Christensen has penned 46 published books with five publishers, dozens of magazine articles, and edited a police newspaper for nearly eight years. He has written on the martial arts, missing children, street gangs, school shootings, workplace violence, riots, police-involved shootings, nutrition, exercise, prostitution, and various street subcultures. His first first fiction--Dukkha: The Suffering--was recently published by YMAA Publications.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 14 Feb 2014
By Charles TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is hard to judge a book like this for factual accuracy as very few people (including myself) have experience of dealing with dog attacks, but here is my ill-informed opinion for what it's worth.

The book starts with what to expect from a dog attack, where they usually target and how they attack.

This book shows how to assume a non threatening stance including avoiding eye contact( dogs consider eye contact threatening), keeping your hands closed as dogs love biting fingers and trying to talk the dog down, yes it is possible to talk a dog down by commanding 'stay' or 'down' and if the dog attacks, a defensive stance that will shield your groin and throat is described.

Using a hand held object as a barrier and hopefully tricking the dog into biting that instead of you is covered, the author describes a incident where he continuously opened and closed a umbrella in front of a angry dog causing it to back off.( this is not in the book but allegedly opening an umbrella in front of a dog can keep it at bay, the dog does not relise that the open umbrella can be smashed through and instead tries to go round it, which means as long as you can keep the open umbrella in between you and the dog it will not attack).

If the dog actually attacks, the standard technique of giving the dog your weak arm (preferably padding it with a jacket, cloth etc first) is covered, if that sounds crazy then think what is better, a dog biting your weak arm or your neck? I think the book could have covered what to do once the dog has your arm a lot better e.g I have heard of some allegedly military follow ups from here involving breaking the dog's leg or neck while it's mauling your arm but neither of these are mentioned here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about this 18 Feb 2013
By G Green
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As a keen dog trainer I was interested in reading in how someone might consider exploiting a canines weakness - to potentially circumvent these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource 20 Jan 2012
By L. A. Kane - Published on
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A lifetime dog owner, I've been around four-legged fuzzballs for a real long time. Despite the fact that I seem to have a natural affinity for them, I have been bitten a few times too... nothing serious, but a couple occasions could have been ugly if I hadn't figured out how to manage them effectively. Winging it worked, but I've never really felt confident that I knew what to do to stave off a dog attack until now. Written by a guy who is not only a Hall of Fame martial artist and veteran law enforcement officer, but also a military-trained dog handler, this is the best resource I've ever seen on the subject. It is clear, easy to read, well illustrated, and backed up by veterinary science.

Dogs bite nearly 5 million people every year. While most incidents are minor chomps, savage attacks seem to pop up in the news with alarming frequency. While many of these horrific incidents are the result of careless dog owners, some maimings and fatalities are due to deliberate, criminal actions. But it doesn't really matter if you are the victim. What is important is learning how not to get hurt. Packed potentially life-saving information, this comprehensive treatise does exactly that. It's very well done!

Lawrence Kane
Author of Surviving Armed Assaults and a host of other books
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book on Another Aspect of Self-Defense 20 Jan 2012
By Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D. - Published on
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Self-defense covers a lot more than simply being able to defend yourself against some mugger on the street or drunk thug in a pub. In Self-defense Against a Dog Attack, Loren W. Christensen covers an area of self-defense that is more often than not, overlooked by martial artists and society as a whole. You need to know how to defend yourself against a myriad of threats, all of which could severely affect your life. This book teaches you how to successfully deal with one specific threat that is much more common than you may think. As the author points out in this enlightening book, dogs bite close to 5 million people every year. There are bad, vicious dogs, just as there are some bad, vicious people, and your self-defense training should teach you how to deal with both, as well as many other threats to your well-being.

Loren W. Christensen not only teaches how to successfully defend yourself against a dog attack, but does so in a very well-written, concise manner. The information in this book could one day save your life. This is not some dog whisperer book that teaches you how to understand what the dog is thinking in order to make it a cuddly pet, but rather a clear-cut, instructive book that is meant to keep you safe and is backed up by scientific conclusions from the field of veterinary science. In addition, the author is writing from the point of view of someone who has experience with both dogs with loving, laid back personalities and attack dogs which he worked with in the military (not that trained attack dogs aren't loving to their masters - they are). He knows his stuff and conveys it to the reader in an easy to understand, straight-forward manner, which I like.

This book also contains many photographs which do drive the point across that dogs can be a very real threat. Even if you don't own a dog or find that you don't spend much time around dogs, you still need this information. You never know when you will be confronted by a vicious dog, and you need to know how to react when/if one does cross your path. Your self-defense training is not complete without this knowledge! As an ex-breeder and trainer who has been bitten more than once, I highly recommend that you take some time and read this book. 5 Stars!!

Bohdi Sanders, author of Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior (Updated 2nd edition)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of Great Basic Information Concerning Dog Attacks 20 Jan 2012
By Shawn Kovacich - Published on
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Well I just finished this really well done e-book by the author concerning defending oneself against dog attacks and I have to say that it was really loaded with a lot of sound and practical information concerning attacks by various breeds of dogs. One must always remember that, for the most part, our friendly family pet and "man's best friend" all were once wild wolves that man in his infinite wisdom (absolutely no pun intended) decided to tame and make them part of the household. Even though dogs have been domesticated and made family pets for hundreds of years, they are still animals and will bite when they feel threatened or are provoked.

I recall watching a series of episodes on the History Channel last year entitled, Life After People where the producers gave us a glimpse into what would happen on our planet Earth if people suddenly disappeared. One segment focused on what would happen to our pet cats and dogs. Small dogs who were locked up in the house would eventually starve to death without access to food and water. If they were able to get out of a locked enclosure, they would likely end up as a food source for bigger dogs or wild animals. Larger dogs and medium sized dogs would group together in packs and would revert to their wolf-like state fairly quickly within a matter of days or weeks for protection and survival. Just look at some of the recent news stories where packs of wild dogs have attacked smaller animals and people in packs. It happens all the time, and they don't even have to be in large numbers.

The author provides a lot of basic useful information in this e-book and I feel it is very important information that everyone needs to know regardless of stature, family situation, social status, etc. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, has contact with dogs on a regular basis, whether it is your dog, a neighbors dog, etc. Even the smaller breed of dogs, which according to the United States Postal Service are the ones more likely to bite mail carriers, can cause a lot of damage if they sink their little teeth into your leg or hand. Most of the advise for dealing with an aggressive dog is fairly simple and pretty straightforward as long as the dog isn't actually attacking you, but merely being aggressive, which can quickly turn into an actual attack so don't get complacent. However, things can and do get really ugly during an actual attack, and the ugly usually happens to what ever portion of your body the dog has decided to start gnawing on.

Now I am a HUGE animal lover and will not and do not tolerate abuse to animals under any circumstances, so please heed my advise and DO NOT for one instance consider any of the information contained in this e-book to be animal abuse in any shape of form. I personally know the author and he would never infer or imply any such thing. He is an animal lover as well and only offers this information as a means of self-defense in case you are the victim of a violent dog attack. I can pretty much guarantee you that no matter how big an animal lover you are, if a vicious dog is intent on making a meal out of you or the dead and dying corpse or your child or loved one, you will do whatever you can to make sure that doesn't happen. And well you should!

The only thing I would have liked to see more of in this e-book would have been a bit more detailed illustration and text concerning the more vulnerable points of the canine anatomy in order to be better prepared in case of a vicious dog attack. Other than that one very small concern, I feel that this was a very well done and informative body of work on a subject I have seen very little of in the past 30 years. Well I guess there are two things I would like to have seen more of, the second would have been more detailed use of a knife and/or gun against a vicious dog attack.

I had one final parting thought on this subject, and it is this; dogs and humans are both species of animals. One shouldn't wish to harm either one, unless your very survival and those of your loved ones are in danger. A vicious dog is unreasoning and has a mouth full of edged weapons that can and will inflict a lot of damage, so get out of the "warm fuzzy bunny" mentality and take the proper precautions.

Shawn Kovacich
100% Animal Lover
Martial Artist/Krav Maga Instructor
NRA Firearms Instructor
Author and Creator of numerous books and DVD's.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Self-Defense Against a Dog Attack 3 July 2012
By Just Sharon - Published on
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Very good self-defense book. Provides various techniques for surviving various attacks by dogs. Concise and to the point - I recommend this book! Loren Christensen, the author, is an experienced martial artist and author.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the price of a bottle of peroxide and bandages 8 Feb 2012
By Nicholas Spill - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the book as soon as Loren posted his notice on FB. I encounter pitbulls and other large dogs all the time in my work around South Florida. The only time I have been bitten was at a friend's house by a tiny white fluffy thing I am now afraid of. She drew blood. So I read the book on my wife's Amazon Fire with a lot of interest and have applied Loren's knowledge to my street sense.
It is well worth the investment. About the price of a box of band aids and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide!
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