How to Defeat a Pit Bull with Your Bare Hands

Because nothing can muck up a sweet Seattle spring like having your face ripped off by a dog.

Comments

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This is the best the stranger can do? What are you the Christian Science Monitor now? I have an idea, how about banning ghetto ass mother fuckers (black AND white) from having pits - problem solved
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Expect mindlessly reactionary blogs to freak out over this. Don't be surprised if your e-mail inbox is filled with vague threats and photos of doe-eyed Pitmonster puppies.
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This makes me sad to be a Stranger reader.
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I enjoyed the artwork the best.
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As someone who has been chased by pitbulls twice (luckily the owners were able to contain them both times) this is relevant to my interests.
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@4, Yeah, I particularly like the illo for #5: looks like the pitbull is smiling at the human's vain effort at survival!
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You people are completely out of ideas, aren't you?
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Really, guys?

"How to Defeat a Hipster with Your Bare Hands" would be more useful.
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As someone who has been chased by pitbulls twice (luckily the owners were able to contain them both times) this is relevant to my interests.
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Pit bulls steal land from Palestinians!
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Oh my god! This is the greatest article ever!

When I was 13 years old I was attacked by a rottweiller. Luckily I was an experienced wrestler having competed for two years already. I was able to get on the dogs back and wrap my legs around it's stomach and put the dog in a choke hold then rolled onto my back so the dogs legs were in the air, then I choked it until it passed out. It was one of the scariest things I've ever encountered. Still gives me chills thinking about how close I came to having my face chewed off.

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@8 Point behind them and shout "Oh look! Animal Collective is playing an ironic, off-key impromtu show!" and then punch them in their PBR-addled skull.

Seriously though, fuck Animal Collective.
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@8 - Please write that. (:=
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Nothing better to write about or just hit writer's block? Typical. Sad indeed to be a reader.
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It's always surprised me how little info there is on self-defense against canine attackers compared to humans.

One point to add - if the dog is wearing a collar, grab it and start twisting until it relaxes, goes unconscious, or dies of strangulation.

Also, playing dead is probably going to get you killed if your attacker is a gladiator breed in the red zone. Best way to protect your jugular and face is to stay on your feet.
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@12 - Seconded
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@13 If Dan or Christopher let me, I totally would.

"Option 5: If confronted by a hipster, break their black glasses. They may bite, so use nearby blunt objects to avoid the range of their mouths, as infection may result from contact with lip piercings. You will have a 50/50 chance of escape here, as studies have shown only 50% of hipsters have a need for corrective emo glasses."
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@13 If Dan or Christopher let me, I totally would.

"Option 5: If confronted by a hipster, break their black glasses. They may bite, so use nearby blunt objects to avoid the range of their mouths, as infection may result from contact with lip piercings. You will have a 50/50 chance of escape here, as studies have shown only 50% of hipsters have a need for corrective emo glasses."
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@13 If Dan or Christopher let me, I totally would.

"Option 5: If confronted by a hipster, break their black glasses. They may bite, so use nearby blunt objects to avoid the range of their mouths, as infection may result from contact with lip piercings. You will have a 50/50 chance of escape here, as studies have shown only 50% of hipsters have a need for corrective emo glasses."
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I have NO idea why that posted three times. I got whacked with a Proxy error from the Stranger Server the first and only time I hit submit.
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this article is fucking great
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@21 nails it. There's a reason this dog was our mascot in WWI and WWII, and was used as Petey in Little Rascals and Our Gang. They're a good breed, but any breed in the hands of idiots is dangerous. A Yorkie could be trained to be as vile as any attack pit bull (admittedly, defending against a Crazed Yorkie would only be as hard as your ability to kick a football).
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The best option is to shove your hand down its mouth as far as possible. The dog will not be able to bite you while you do this. It will be stunned and choking. Then, expand your hand, turn your outstretched hand towards you in a motion similar to constricting a bag and clasp firmly. Pull with great force.

The pit bull will be half inside out.

No one will ever mess with you again for the rest of your days.
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Thirty deaths per year in the entire country. Thirty. And your assertion is that pit bulls have added about 15 to that otherwise unremarkable total.

To put that in perspective, in the United States, there are about 60 deaths per year from lightning strikes. Bees kill about 50 Americans per year. About 120 people are killed every year when their car hits a deer.

Dogs are societally problematic for a lot of reasons; they spread disease, dog owners manage their dogs poorly, and occasionally they attack people, which is scary and creates a general public nuisance. Write about that, instead of writing about the dog-related problem that someone is least likely to have.

Again, like the meth thing -- you guys are just engaging in a bullshit scare campaign.
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I run nearly every morning around the Greenlake/Ravenna/Wedgewood area and in the past 4 years I have been nearly attacked by three pit bulls. And these are pit bulls that are supposed to be well trained, well cared for and owned by nice people. And on those 3 occasions I have used pepper spray when the animal began to charge at me.

Pit Bulls need to be banned. Pure and simple. Owning a Pit Bull is the dog owner example of a gun owner feeling they have a right to own a semi-automatic rifle.
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56 percent of all fatal dog attacks in the United States in the past five years were committed by pit bulls.

Well, maybe. But the people probably deserved it. They were probably guilty of something. They had to be since pit bulls are actually angels put on Earth by Jesus.
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Rad. The Stranger now advocates beating dogs? Or assuming that because a dog looks a certain way that it's ok to kick the shit out of it? Whatevs. Pit Bulls are strong. So are Rots, so are Labradors, so are St. Bernards, so are Huskies, so are German Shepherds, so are any number of large dogs. Hell, Dobermans got popular in the 80s and were tough-guy dogs back then (and everybody claimed that they were too dangerous to live).

The problem isn't the breed, it's animal abuse and/or gross negligence on the part of the owner. If you were to instantly vaporize all of the Pit Bulls in the US trailer trash everywhere would just move on to another breed and we'd all be wringing our hands over German Shepherds (which used to be Alsatian Wolf Dogs before a PR move to change their name in 1977).
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I have a pit bill in my neighborhood that gets loose now and then scaring the crap out of people. So I got mace to keep handy.
When looking up what to buy I read that pepper spray and mace used on people do not work so well with dogs, especially pit bulls. Supposedly the tear ducts are different and one needs the mace made for dogs. I got one called "the muzzle" and hopefully I won't have to put it to the test.
Could be advertising bullshit and both sprays are the exact same. . .but wanted to mention it in case it's true and there actually is a difference.
Also, when reading the users testimonies on the muzzle, a few people said the muzzle spray didn't work on red zone pit bulls. Plain ol' riled up/aggressive pit bulls and the other breeds it did work fine.
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As a paperboy in the 70's, I found a water pistol filled with water & ammonia works very nice. Aim for eyes, nose & mouth.
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this is really great i love how its gonna piss off a bunch of uptight dog lovers. would have liked to see a real article and not just a shorty but whatever
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Nothing in this article is specific to pit bulls. The article could have just as easily been titled: "How to defeat an aggressive dog with your bare hands." Calling out Pit Bulls specifically in the title is clearly just a shock tactic.

Animals are like people - they've got different personalities, and many of them are assholes. If a dog (or a person) makes a violent attack on me, I would not hesitate to do whatever was needed to stop the attack.
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@25

30 deaths a year, maybe, but just shy of 800,000 emergency room visits, and more than 4.5 million bites. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml…

The danger is real.
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@25

30 deaths a year, maybe, but just shy of 800,000 emergency room visits, and more than 4.5 million bites. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml…

The danger is real.
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@25

30 deaths a year, maybe, but just shy of 800,000 emergency room visits, and more than 4.5 million bites. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml…

The danger is real.
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@morrolan That's total horseshit since your link is about dog bites in general, not pit bulls.

Your equating it there would make it sound like pit bulls roam the street en masse like extras in a George Romero film, attacking and biting every human in sight.
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Nothing like giving into mainstream sensationalism and scare tactics. How about an article on how to fend off violence perpetrated by a loved one. That is more relevant and may save more lives, emergency room visits, etc. Very disappointed to be a reader right now.
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Also: Wear heavy boots and aim for the neck. A good kick to the neck can lift it off of all four feet, spin it onto its back, and collapse the windpipe. I had to do this in Bend once. A very spooky, barbaric feeling afterward. Like I had just faced down mortal danger and kicked its ass. I'm glad I was sober at the time.
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Wow, gee.

Would there happen to be any representatives from the UNITED FRONT TO CRUSH ANY RESERVATIONS PEOPLE MAY HAVE ABOUT PIT BULLS AND DEFEND PIT BULLS AT ALL COSTS posting in this forum today?
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@35

If you read the whole page you just linked to from the CDC, at the bottom they refer you to resources on how to prevent dog bites. Primarily the AVMA's Community approach to dog bite preventio… (PDF).

Wherein you will learn all the many reasons why breed bans, or any focus on dog breeds, does not work, and instead efforts should be on education, neutering, enforcement, and so on. Articles like this Stranger thing are the opposite of education, by the way. Disinformation, I think, is the word for it.

So you're right. The CDC is concerned about 800,000 ER visits per year over dog bites, and they, along with the American Veterinary Medical Association, have determined that going bananas over pit bulls is not the solution.
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Maybe there's a few of us out there that grew up knowing how to handle animals. Frankly people that walk around scared of dogs are weak and should not be taken seriously, kind of like Lindy West's movie reviews.
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What's next--an article on how not to be hit by PIT BULL lightning? Or maybe one on how to survive a PIT BULL plane crash? Or maybe how to survive an assassination attempt by a PIT BULL. Hey, how about METH DEALERS with PIT BULLs--knock off two in one.

For the record, no, I don't own a big dangerous dog of any breed and never have. But The Stranger is usually against that mainstream media fear-flaming bullshit type of story, so it was kinda surprising to see it here. That's all.
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What's next--an article on how not to be hit by PIT BULL lightning? Or maybe one on how to survive a PIT BULL plane crash? Or maybe how to survive an assassination attempt by a PIT BULL. Hey, how about METH DEALERS with PIT BULLs--knock off two in one.

For the record, no, I don't own a big dangerous dog of any breed and never have. But The Stranger is usually against that mainstream media fear-flaming bullshit type of story, so it was kinda surprising to see it here. That's all.
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What an utterly random article.
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Are ratings sagging? I'm beginning to think that this is a premeditated strategy to show advertisers how popular the website is. One sure fire way to drum up traffic and comments is to insult people's dogs...
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This is perfect and helpful.

Sure, sure, pit bulls can be totally sweet dogs. But they can also be fucking monsters.
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On a more serious note I do own a large breed, a Dogue de Bordeaux. You have to be a committed owner and socialize/train your dog especially the more aggressive ones. It seems most people buy pits to compensate for their small winky. The breed is not for inexperienced owners.

A word of advice, NEVER back a hipster into a corner. They are especially vicious then.
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Only 47 comments? C'mon Pitfools, you're letting us all down.
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Why didn't Dominic Holden write this, since he and his brother are members of Dogsbite.org ? Conflict of interest?
Why a study of five years? Was it the only way to bump the stats to 50%?
Check out that site..it is SO FUNNY..falsified stats and omitted attacks...I'm glad it was referenced so readers can see what loonies the Dogsbite people are:)

According to 2009 stats, pits are responsible for 20% and labs 17% and Rotties 15% of fatal attacks
Dogsbite won't tell you this bc an active DB member (Sandy) has Rotties and they dare not upset lab owners.
Anyone with half a brain can see that attack stats are high for pitties and labs as they are POPULAR/greatest in numbers among the dog pop.
Anyway, check out the dbsite for a chuckle:)
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Why didn't Dominic Holden write this, since he and his brother are members of Dogsbite.org ? Conflict of interest?
Why a study of five years? Was it the only way to bump the stats to 50%?
Check out that site..it is SO FUNNY..falsified stats and omitted attacks...I'm glad it was referenced so readers can see what loonies the Dogsbite people are:)

According to 2009 stats, pits are responsible for 20% and labs 17% and Rotties 15% of fatal attacks
Dogsbite won't tell you this bc an active DB member (Sandy) has Rotties and they dare not upset lab owners.
Anyone with half a brain can see that attack stats are high for pitties and labs as they are POPULAR/greatest in numbers among the dog pop.
Anyway, check out the dbsite for a chuckle:)
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What a cruel, alarmist piece of crap. Not to mention the obvious problems with the "data" this piece was hooked to.

I love you Stranger, but I tossed this issue straight into the trash. Doesn't deserve to be recycled.
53
Yes, really great article on how to beat the shit out of an animal. I'm hoping to start up a "dog defense" class where I get animal shelter dogs and practice beating the crap out of them.

Now can you write another article on how to defend oneself against the dogfighting ringleader, after I just killed his dog?

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For the record, Federal Army & Navy Surplus on 1st Ave carries pepper spray (better than mace, look it up). 7 bucks and tax gets you a half ounce canister, good for a couple sprays. This stuff is stronger than what the cops use, so one spray is all you'd need. And yeah, I'm an employee shilling for my store.
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This is a very interesting, instigatory, and satirical article. It's also productive, and thank you for that!

A lot of popular dog breeds were intended for hunting, tracking, killing vermin, or guarding. They were bred to be tools and in the city are treated like family. A non-dog person shouldn't be expected to anticipate their actions, but should have easy information about how to handle them.

Leash Law: If you're uncomfortable with dogs off leash, avoid areas where that takes place. If offleash is happening where it isn't allowed and it poses a problem for you, contact the authority in charge of that area and tell them.

Body Language: Dogs often respond to motion-
i.e., whizzy, exuberant, high speed. Joggers, cyclists and skateboarders need to be aware of that, especially if you're noisy or if you're on a sidewalk and a dog-walker has nowhere else to go.

Dogs aren't mind readers, but they ARE body readers. If you appear hostile or threatened, your posture will show it. Be cool. You also smell different when you're stressed out.

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Having been attacked by a dog myself a couple of years ago I appreciate a good how-to in self defense. That being said, I think the stigma around "dangerous pit bulls" is way overblown. Why not focus instead on the idiot owners that promote violence in these poor creatures. They're the ones that should be put down.
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@50, @51 - Link, or it's not true.
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Here -- Copy & paste this into the comment area:

(Alarmist, Straw-Man Argument in Response to Legitimate Public Safety Concern)

There, I hope that saved someone some effort.
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I used to run in an obscure western fringe area of Griffith Park in the Hollywood Hills -- rustic dirt roads etc. These fairly prosperous middle aged pseudo bohemian types would stand around yakking on the road while their dogs ran free, a violation of posted leash laws. When I approached the people, the big dogs reacted as if thinking I was a threat to their owners. I had to slow to a walk to avoid provoking the dogs to attack me. The dogs would always walk right up to me as I walked past the owners, the dogs sometimes making contact with me. The obliviously selfish dog owners could not understand why I was peeved by their imposition on my freedom to run in the public park, thinking my own thoughts, instead of stopping to calculate the odds of being mindlessly injured by a beast. Whatever they want to do is supposed to be okay with everyone else. They expected me to be satisfied with their assurances that their big dogs won't attack. But there was nothing (like a leash in use) to prevent it if the dogs had their own ideas. The owners expected me to serenely gamble my chance of injury on their worthless spoken words. I equated to "What if I want to swing a sharp blade within inches of your skin, telling you to 'Relax, because I won't touch you'?? Would you be A-OK with that??"
In this case, the selfish jerk dog owners were not trailer trash or ethnic minorities or the teen blasting his car stereo. Nope, they were middle aged middle class white people (like me).
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@58 http://www.kcdogblog.com
http://www.canineresearchcouncil.com
or Google Canine Aggression Issues with Jim Crosby
also http://www.cdc.org
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@50

You're absolutely correct. I've worked with dogs for years and have seen literally hundreds of pit bull type dogs in my life and at the clinics I've worked. In all those years, I've only known of one that was truly a vicious dog.

Pit bulls, like any other large terrier, are going to have a higher tendency towards dog aggression, and be more assertive. As such, they aren't really for the inexperienced dog owner, but for someone with common sense, they are fine dogs. There really isn't anything that unique about their behavior--other breeds have the same behavioral traits, they just aren't as popular.

Largely, however, pit bulls are the current darling dogs of the stupidest people on earth. I know--I've met them. I have met some of the absolute dumbest pit bull owners out there, and I was only shocked they hadn't been bitten or killed by their dogs sooner.

In the hands of most decent people (which is a sizable portion of the population now--pit bulls are everywhere), they are just fine. In the hands of idiots, they are a problem. It's no point banning them, though, another breed would just take their place.
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For people that walk, run, or ride a bike, being attacked by a strangers dog is a real concern. If you live in the city and drive your car everywhere, you probably don't have to worry about it very much. Since I like to ride a bike and walk a lot, I have had numerous, terrifying experiences with dogs and I appreciate the advice.
Many of these where in rural areas where the owners of the dogs were nowhere in sight. It always amazes me how clueless dog owners can be about the issue, even when they are a few feet away.
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If you walk or ride a bike a lot, being attacked by a strangers dog is a real issue. If you live in the city and drive a car everywhere you might not think about it very much. I have had a lot of terrifying experiences with dogs and I appreciate the advice. Many of the times I have been attacked have been in rural areas where the owners were nowhere in sight. You may love your dog, but to a stranger who is about to be mauled, it is the same as any other wild animal. Would you fight a cougar or a shark if it attacked you? Hell yes.
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Where is #7?
Shove your arm down the beasts throat and pull out its insides. I was attacked by a cruel dog years ago and I can personally attest to this working.
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Oh, I miss read the headline, I thought it said Republican, my bad. I don't have an arguement now.
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Oh, I miss read the headline, I thought it said Republican, my bad. I don't have an arguement now.
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Oh, I miss read the headline, I thought it said Republican, my bad. I don't have an arguement now.
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Oh, I miss read the headline, I thought it said Republican, my bad. I don't have an arguement now.
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Oh, I miss read the headline, I thought it said Republican, my bad. I don't have an arguement now.
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Pit Bulls are actually friendly loving creatures that happen to express their love by maiming you. The best thing you can do while that is happenning is pet their teeth GENTLY, you insensitve assholes.
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I'm not going to pretend I have an opinion on breed bans or what to do with an over-bred, aggressive species of dog. there are plenty of people who can go on and on until they're blue in the fingers. and this is most likely why The Stranger insists on hammering the pit bull thing obsessively... no shortage of idiots running their mouths in the comment section (really? you actually believe they are advocating abuse rather than self-defense? do you shout "racist" in front of women's self-defense classes too?). all the same, this walks the thin line between sensationalist garbage and somewhat useful information AND entertainment, so well done guys.

here's my two cents: I recently got duped into dogsitting my friend's bull terrier for a weekend. it went as horribly as can be expected (I considered boarding it, but didn't have its immunization records and knew it was an aggressive dog), but by the end I said "fuck it, just get through this, they'll be home soon enough". annnnnnd then it nearly killed a kid in my neighborhood. I was just walking it on the final morning and there was an eight year old kid 25 feet away just standing there, waiting for the bus, not even moving. the dog flipped. apeshit. ravenous. I could barely control it and I'm a big dude. basically, it wound up being me dragging the dog back to my house in front of all my neighbors looking like a huge asshole.

this was a completely unprovoked incident. in the light of random, unprovoked incidents, knowing how to handle the situation isn't a bad idea.
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The breed has hair-trigger and somewhat un-predictable mental and personality traits, coupled with jaws that are far more powerful than most breeds. Recipe for a pet owner's worst nightmare- your dog maims a child. Yet the breed's apologists continue to rattle on about how they're no more dangerous than a chihuahua and it was all the kid's fault. Geez.
I own two cockatoos who wouldn't hurt a fly. Yet I never trust them around strangers and small children, because they are excitable, do un-predictable things when startled and have beaks *capable* of biting off a nose, ear or eye.
Couldn't the pit bull apologists at least have the decency to acknowledge what I'm willing to do with my little 2 pound birds?
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I love my dog and my cat. I also like my concealed .40 that I bring on rides now (out of state here). I hope I never ever feel the need to use it, but after being chased by three loose Rotts one day, I carry the pistol. I love animals and get along just fine with almost every dog I've met, but if it comes down to me (or a loved one) versus someone's dog, the dog goes, end of story.

I respect and get the feelings of people defending their breeds- there are misunderstandings and half-truths out there. However, that has nothing to do with the utility of knowing how to defend yourself from canine threats.

Good article. I would add ways to identify threats and the importance of being aware of your surroundings. I avoid certain problem areas with dogs. Sure, I may be in the right to be there, and the dogs shouldn't be loose and aggressive, but avoidance is a lot better than knowingly putting myself in danger and having to kill a dog.

Speaking of, time to ride. Happy Thursday. :)
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I enjoyed this.
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The bottom line is that most people (educated or not, white or not) are not educated on how to handle and care for dogs. I have two and realized eight years into owning the first that I was pretty clueless. They need to be consistently looked after and regularly reminded that they are not in charge (and this is with two gentle ones).

I am disheartened by the kind of dog owner that thinks their dog could never do wrong, walks their dog off leash, neglects to pick up poop, believes their dog is there for their amusement and "forgets" that it is a living being with its own needs and desires.

Love the drawings.
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I don't want to hate on pit bulls in particular (I've met nice ones and aggressive ones), but I would like to offer some advice. If a dog is about to attack you (and you don't have a better alternative), consider kicking it in the head, HARD.

I read this piece of advice after a German Shepherd mauled my Border Collie mix. I've had to use it several times on other dogs (including a pit bull) and it works. In all cases, the dogs were interested in attacking my dog and not me. They were shocked to be kicked in the head and retreated immediately.

I love dogs, but I see nothing wrong with self-defense. I wish I had known about the kick-to-the-head trick earlier: it was truly awful to stand and watch that German Shepherd attack and injure my dog. The attack only lasted a few seconds, but it was severe enough for my dog to require surgery.
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The best way to defeat a charging pit bull is to throw a copy of The Stranger at it. Dogs hate dogshit.
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There should have been in illustration of the dog getting its eyes gouged out.

Seriously, fuck you fucking dog lovers. I'm really sick of having to pick my child up because your god-damned wonderful dog is too precious to be put on a fucking leash. So what if it's not the dog's "fault" that it's fucked up? It's still fucked up and needs to be killed.
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@79 you make no sense, what part of town are you at where random savage dogs are roaming off-leash?
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My son's lab raises her hair whenever I come to visit. It can take up to an hour before she will not threaten me. Aggressiveness is not peculiar to any breed but perhaps it may be a trait. Rotwilers and dobermans were bred for guarding and do this very well but I don't believe that I would want one around a three year old child.
Pure bred dogs can be inbred and weird. A mutt will be more stable and a better friend. Puppy mills are bad. If you want a dog, go to the pound and choose the dog with the wagging tail and not the one that barks loudest.
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Thanks David, this is valuable information. It should be repackaged as a pamphlet and available at all libraries and city and county offices.
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@8 "just don't look, just don't look, just don't look"
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Great article, great artwork. Fuck aggressive dogs and the idiotic people who own them. I knew a girl who would cry all the time about people judging her precious pitbull that she herself would have to hide from when it went into a "pitfit"
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Wow guys really?? I was just thinking last week that the paper hasn't had any really good articles lately. Now I know why...your a bunch of idiots.
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>implying hipsters aren't 98 lb weaklings that get blown over in the breeze.

Quit talking about beating up hipsters you alarmists.
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It surprises me how many people are screaming "fuck you fucking dog lovers". What are you? 9 years old? Do you not have a heart? I'm sorry you have to pick your daughter up when dogs come around her, but, if you're like any other mindless plebian I've met around this city, you're having to do that in dog parks. Instead of worrying about the dogs, worry about the morons who own them. And they're not just minorities or street kids (which happen to be a majority of pit bull owners these days) they're average people who have no fucking clue how to handle a creature like that. All you idiots who think Cesar Milan is god are fucking clueless. Dogs don't need to be domiated, they need to be taught what is right and what is wrong and they need to be told that EVERY SINGLE DAY. Not with abuse, but with positive reinforcement. Being a dog lover myself, who was also attack by dogs in the past (1 doberman, 1 rott, and 1 dauschund) and have now owned 2 pittbulls, I can confidently say that pitties are the most gentle breed of dogs I've ever encountered (and being a dog walker I see many dogs everyday). The stranger should be ashamed of themselves for writing such filth. Of course you're going to get a lot of angry people on here, because this paper is feeding into the mainstream bullshit that pitbulls are bad dogs. Educated socitiety on how to care about dogs, they're not just your best friend.. they're fucking kids. They're clueless, have little to no reasoning skills when it comes to morals (they're animals for crying out loud) and if you're going to own one, be fucking responsible and EDUCATE YOURSELF. If you don't know how to train a dog DONT GET ONE. I'm tired of going to parks and walking my dog and people not know how to control their dog and MY dog getting blamed just because she's a pitbull. I've never seen a pitbull aggress another dog, and the only times I've ever experienced that happening is when some dumbass is running on a path and freaking the fuck out because a dog wants to sniff them or see why they're running. As sad as it may be that people get attacked by dogs, I'm more saddened by the fact that we let idiots own dogs and then place blame on the animal, not the morons raising the pups. Take accountability for your actions and maybe there will be far less people bitten by dogs.
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Wow guys really??? I was just thinking the other day how this paper has not come out with a good article in a bit. Well now I know why...there is a bunch of idiots at work. So many things to fear, so little time. You guys love Seattle so much and the wonderful people who live here and picked this one. SMART!
Consider your paper dead to me.
89
More and more, I think everyone's better off carrying a baseball bat wherever s/he goes. Works on pitbulls and hipsters alike.
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@73. Yes. A cockatoo is capable of severing fingers, blinding, and even (ouch just thinking) many parrots when startled will attack the frenulum between the nostrils.

I have a cockatiel. Even that little bird, at 4 oz, is capable of badly injuring a child if angered or startled.

Pit Bulls, like any animal, but especially because of their idiosyncracies, are very dangerous.
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I have lost all respect for the Stranger. I realize this is 1 staff writer's ignorant opinion of Pit Bulls, however, there is a staff and/or editor who reviews & consents to each article & editorial. David Smader has picked a set of inaccurate 'facts' to validate his ideas. What I would like to know is How Do I Defeat a Shallow, Hysterical Stranger Writer with my Bare Hands?
92
This is just wrong, wreckless and irresponsible.
I have lost respect for The Stranger.
93
Despite the predictable and tiresome outrage from dog lovers, I'm happy to receive tips on how to protect myself against a real problem. Is a dog's life really worth so much that a person shouldn't defend himself when attacked?
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I have a lab. She sometimes slips under the gate and disappears for a day or two, but she always makes it home in the end. She is, after all, a retriever. That's what they were bred to do.

My neighbor had a Bassett Hound. He would sometimes flop his ears down off the front porch where he slept, and wander a few houses up the street. He would find some tree and sit at the bottom of it, baying soulfully. He never came home on his own - if my neighbor called for him, he would perk his ears up and bark louder. He was, after all, a hound. That's what they were bred to do.

My neighbor and I are not hunters. Neither one of us trained these behaviors into our dogs - the behaviors came in the genes.

What behaviors come in a pit bull's genes? What were they bred to do?
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I don't care what Sarah Mclaughlin says, some dogs deserve to die. I love dogs and own two that I got from the pound. But when I have walked through the pound I see a lot that should not be adopted and should be put out of everyone's misery. Sure it might not be their fault but there is not enough willing and inteligent people to "reform" the dogs.

Aside from over-breeding I would believe that most people don't understand the breed they are getting and subsequently do not train it properly. (see Marley and Me. That author should be put to sleep.)

The biggest problem I find is that people let their dog believe it is the alpha and thus the dog feels the need to protect it's "owners." Everyone is a threat.

I have had dogs come after me and my dogs but I turn around and wave my arms and scream at them, becoming the aggressor. Fortunatly I have not had to kick any in the head but I am willing to do so if necessary.
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Of course dog attacks have double since 1980.... So has the dog population in the united states. DAVID SCHMADER YOURE A DOUCHE.
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You just lost a shit ton of readers.
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I liked reading the stranger before this article, but frankly, don't be a fucking idiot. The dogs' reputation is made by the stupid fucking people who choose to make a very sweet breed vicious. I have a pitbull and she is the calmest, sweetest, most intelligient dog I've ever met. And her being banned from cities is a real pain in my ass. Pit Bulls are built strong and can look intimidating, but are only 'vicious maneaters' when they are in the hands of irresponsible fuckheads who don't know how to treat animals. Sorry to rant but if somebody tried to mace, choke, or break my dogs knees because of the stereotypes of Pit Bulls I won't hesitate to fuck somebody up. =]
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Hello commenters! My response may be found here.
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I liked this article - a LOT!

Fairly practical advice for the most part.
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David, I wanted to comment on your slogpost regarding the comments here, but that doesn't allow comments (perhaps in an effort to keep the rage focused here *smile*)

As devoted attendees of your bad movie screenings, we've long had debates over how to write out the sound effect of mind-boggling confusion/disbelief (almost akin to brain whiplash). I see you have chosen "Juh?" which works quite well (we'd played around with variants: dju, jehh, etc). Thanks!
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I was always told to try and force your hand down his throat. Yes, he's biting you, but he will die quickly if your arm is down his throat. Windpipes can also be crushed flat.
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I've been menaced by pit bulls before, and if one truly went at me or my fiance, I would have no regrets kicking the LIVING SHIT out of it with my steel-toe boots. I'm sick of the terrified adrenaline heart-pounding feeling after some badly-trained fleabag runs at me snarling. This article could be repurposed for any dog, really. Remember the presa canario horror in San Francisco? The woman killed (KILLED) in her own apartment building by two 140 pound dogs? Fucking entitled dog owners. Die in a fire, assholes.