A dog attack is no joke, friends. These officers had just seconds to assess the problem, make a plan, and save this man from further injury. They did well in my opinion!
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News story on the officers, the pit bull, and the owner: https://get-asp.com/bpwj
News story that says that the attack started as a domestic argument: https://get-asp.com/t267
What does this video teach us about defending ourselves from a dog attack?
- Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged. I doubt this family pet was evil, but something set it off and made it a clearly deadly threat to its owner. If you don’t think that your dog could possibly flip out like this, you haven’t been around enough dogs! I am a dog lover and own an American Bulldog, so I am not insinuating that dogs are evil. But they can be very dangerous!
- You must think through in advance how you’d respond to being attacked by a dog. A dog can be a formidable attacker, and having the attitude, skills, and plan to stave off a dog attack is a wise course of action if you have a dog or even live around dogs.
- In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training!
- To defend against a dog attack attack, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way. Watching and listening to this video, it’s clear that the emotional fitness of the victim here had run out; I am not blaming him for that (being attacked by a dog is very scary), but it’s worth reminding ourselves that our emotional fitness matters to our self-defense.
- The rules of firearm safety apply in a gunfight, just like they do on the range or in your home. Whether you prefer to articulate them as Colonel Cooper’s four rules or the NRA’s three rules (I have a discussion of my preference here: https://get-asp.com/cfgf if you want to read it), you must have the presence of mind to keep your firearm pointed in the appropriate direction and only fire when you will not hit an innocent. You are morally and legally responsible for the rounds that leave your gun, so make sure to train and practice so that you take responsible shots in the moment of need. The officers did a good job here!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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