Try not to look like a juicy steak that just hit the floor.
Actually, there is no single technique that is universal. I have heard all sorts of stories and responses and it seems all dogs behave differently. However, there are a few best bets...
1. A dog will always be faster than you. Out running one is not an option.
2. Since you cannot outrun, you should always face the dog. This way if it is going to attack it you can at least see what it is doing and try to defend.
3. Take a guess at what the dog is going to do. Most dogs will not actually attack and will not know what to do when they get face to face. In that case, maintain your pose, let the dog bark a few times and wait until it turns to go back to it's territory. Otherwise, take a good look around and see if there is a stick or something to defend with. Last resort run towards the dog making a commotion hoping to spook it.
4. If things are bad and you are being attacked you are going to have to win the battle. Most dogs will escape a headlock so your best bet is to first protect the vital areas (neck and abdomen) at all expense, including taking bites elsewhere. Punches to the dogs head and going for eye pokes are your best bet. Remeber to make lots of noise during the entire process so someone nearby can assist.
And of course, prevention is the best medicine. Don't run where you know people let there dogs run loose (typical on coutry roads) and if you have a dog keep it restrained if it likes to attack people.
It's a shame that this needs to be a topic.
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