Following the really sad story of the poor little girl in the news that was killed by a Pit Bull Terrier, there's a bit on the BBC website about what to do if you think you're going to be attacked by a dog: Key Tips No Sudden movements Put hands in pockets Avoid Eye contact Children can accidentally provoke a dog Never try to break up two fighting dogs I have to say, how many people would put their hands in their pockets if there was a dog snarling at them and they thought they were going to be attacked!? I was attacked by an Alsation when I was about 8 and I did what anyone would naturally do and put my arm up to protect myself. If I hadn't, at best, I'd have been an even uglier mug than I am already! The dog went for my face/throat. If it wasn't for the fact that it was cold and I was wearing a couple of layers, the damage to my arm would have been far worse, I got away with just 4 stitches and I've still got the scar now! I was also very lucky in that the dog that attacked me was being brought back from being assessed to be a police dog, so I had 2 policemen to drag the dog off of me! Needles to say, the dog was put down! How would you react if a dog attacked you, or you thought it was going to?