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Our question this week was:
Dr. Debra – Does it hurt when a dog gets hit in the scrotum like it does in people? If an aggressive dog was trying to attack you – could you kick him in the “balls”? I know this sounds like a strange question but I was curious. I had a friend that was attacked and didn’t know what to do. I know in a human self-defense class I took years ago – they said to kick men there.
Hi – thanks for your email. I have to admit – no one has ever asked me this question before and I’ve never really thought about it. What I would say is this – I think being kicked in the scrotum would hurt any human or animal. I think it hurts dogs less than men but I don’t know that for sure.
The scrotum in men is relatively exposed and easy for someone to “kick” but in dogs – the scrotum is more sheltered. Since they walk on all fours and have a tail – it is relatively un-accessible. If you were looking to fend off an aggressive dog – I would not use this as your first target or line of defense.
An article that might be helpful to you is Vicious Dogs and Dog Attacks.
Best of luck!
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