Yes that is a rare instance where if nobody has a something (break stick etc) to jam between it's jaws, punching the dog in the head is an acceptable solution.
However, it's a random dog on the street attacking a child. Not a 6 month old puppy who doesn't know it's own strength bouncing up and tagging it's master on the arm.
So the only difference is that one is a puppy? It's only a puppy mentally but a 6 month Shepherd is as big or bigger than roughly 50‰ of dog breeds.
So if a dog bites a stranger you can punch it but if it bites the owner you just click and treat? What if that pup realizes it can do whatever it wants and biting it's owner gets the dog it's way and suddenly he tries the same thing on a kid. Do you still click and treat the "puppy"?
I'm doubting that punching the dog in the head would make it let go.
When my mom's pit bull and lab got into a fight, her pit had a hold of the lab by the throat. I was punching her in the head and face as hard as I could. I made her nose bleed. She didn't budge.
Having broken up a few pit fights I have found the hose works best. They do not like water.
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I got a comment on break sticks deleted for some reason I think it's a dirty word on the forum.
If I had a prong on that dog I'd have used it to prong him off his feet and slam him off the side of a tree or parked car or the ground or possibly all three.
How abusive , its owners like you that create dogs like that. Being all mean and scary. The dog was probably afraid and bit the child so he could relieve his stress. I hope you feel like a big man with your prong collars, break sticks and SHOCK collars!
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Ugh.. scrambling at first but they did succeed. Immobilizing the dog was a good idea. You want to prevent shaking and pulling that ends in tearing but it looked like the dog had a hold of the clothing only. The strike to the face it seems is why it released. Although I don't think punching/striking the face of a dog is a very effective corrective technique, I'm glad it worked out in this case. It doesn't always.
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That was awful! If that was my dog, I'd have given the term "alpha roll" a whole new meaning. Seriously, that's unbelievable!!! Crap, when I said I had a GSD that didn't like kids, I sure hope nobody thought that's the kind of dog I was walking around in public with!