Two dog attacks in two days have left three people in the Valley with serious injuries. It's prompted us to ask the question; do you know how to defend yourself?

While there is a common thread in these two incidents, there are essential things to remember when it comes to certain breeds.

Sunday saw the first of two serious dog attacks in as many days.
Authorities say a pit bull bit a woman in Cortland while she was grooming the dog, causing broken bones and injuries that required plastic surgery. Then Monday in North Jackson, deputies say another pit bull-type breed attacked a jogger, and then another victim.

"It's a good idea to always have some sort of protection with you," says Jenny Falvey, a certified animal behavioral consultant, and owner of a dog training school.

She describes the most important things to do if you find yourself in a similar situation.

"If you're still standing, fight certainly with all you can to get a dog off of you. Grab anything nearby to use as a protection element. But if you are knocked down, immediately cover yourself and cover your head and areas that are most sensitive to injuries," Falvey said.

Animal advocates say it's important to remember that although these two recent incidents involve pit bulls or similar breeds, they're no more apt to bite than any other breed and that several factors can cause a dog to bite.

"How they were raised, how they were bred, and their environmental concerns," says Mary Louk, board president of Animal Charity Humane Society.

Louk believes that over-breeding is the biggest problem.

"There are a lot of people who think that they need to breed their pit bull and sell the puppies for $300 out of their backyard," Louk said. "Those dogs are not well-bred. You don't know what mom and dad's background were like, how they were raised, what their health concerns are."

Louk also stresses that any dog of any size or age can attack and that academic research shows no one breed attacks more than others.