Aysha Perry, 18, was eating her dinner when a large piece of chicken got stuck in her throat, according to The Daily Mail.
Sheba, a 4-year-old Japanese Akita, heard her owner's distress and jumped on her back, dislodging the meat by smacking her with her large paw.
Aysha from Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottingham said: "She whacked me on the back with one of her huge front paws and the piece of chicken flew out.
"I was at home on my own and genuinely thought I was going to die."
Aysha has only had Sheba for two weeks and believes that without her new pet's quick thinking, she would have died as she was home alone at the time.
"It's a good job she has such big paws. Otherwise, I don't think I would have dislodged the chicken."
Akitas were historically used to hunt bears in Japan, but are said to be very protective of family members.
Aysha added: "She could obviously sense I was in distress.
"After she helped get the chicken out of my throat she began licking my face to make sure I was okay.
"I think she deserves some recognition because it was a very heroic act. I don't know anyone else whose dog would do something like that."
The tattoo artist said she has tried to repay the favour after Sheba's paw became stuck in a fence during a walk over the weekend.
She continued: "I don't think we are quite even yet but we have definitely got a special relationship."
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