Warding off an attack from other dogs
There may come a time, when you will be walking your dog, and a stray dog attacks you and / or your dog. Many different ideas have been bounced around on this topic. They all have merit for particular situations. It should however, be noted, that not any one single idea (that is not deadly), will work for everyone in all given situations. With this in mind I will list a few of the general ones, and comment on each.
- Carry Pepper spray
- Carry Anti-personnel spray
- Carry a firm wooden stick
- Carry a spray bottle with a chemical that will hurt, but not harm
- Carry a piece of rubber hose
- Carry a loud policeman-type whistle
- Carry a plastic bag with baby powder or some other non-lethal powder
Carry Pepper spray
This is a good idea for those living in areas that it is legal. Some locations will not allow the possession of or use of Pepper spray. Distributors may tell you it is legal everywhere, but check first, and find out if permits are needed to carry it. It is a very good deterrent for most dogs. It is not however the be all, end all. It may not phase certain breeds and / or aggressively inclined dogs. The dog that is obsessed with eating you or our dog, is a difficult thing to stop. This product is worth a try, if it is legal. Be sure to aim directly for the eyes of the attacker, which may be easier said, than done, during an actual altercation.
Carry Anti-personnel spray
This is another spray product, similar to Pepper spray, but a bit more painful to the eyes when used, but again should be aimed directly at the eyes of the attacker if possible. Also, the same warning about legality exists with this product. Distributors may tell you it is legal everywhere, but check first, and find out if permits are needed to carry it. It may be a bit more effective than Pepper spray, for the more violent offenders.
Carry a firm wooden stick
There are no web links I can think of to send you for a firm wooden stick. Maybe an on-line lumber yard, or garden nursery. If this one is not self explanatory, then you probably wouldn’t know how to use it either. Actually, it can be used as a prying took as well as something to hit with. Yes I do condone hitting with it. For those of you, not able to bring yourself to hit another animal, please don’t use it on your own dog, unless it is your dog
being the aggressor, and you can’t break them up.
Make sure the stick is made of hard-wood or resilient wood. Oak for firmness, Willow for resilience. There are others, but you can find the one you like. Sometimes, just brandishing a stick to an aggressor, will be enough to back him down, especially if he’s been on the receiving end of one before. Personally, this item, would be my second choice.
Carry a spray bottle with a chemical that will hurt, but not harm
This item will work as good as the Pepper spray, if you find a chemical that will work without burning the eyes out of the attacker. Please do not introduce a chemical that will injure or cause irreparable harm. Be concerned for the other animal, but remember, with all of these sprays, they are not designed to pin point a specific spot. they are designed, with the premise you are under great stress, and have no ability to take aim and hit the broad side of a barn.
This means they so exactly as they state, “spray”. This lends great possibility, that your dog will also be on the receiving end of the spray. This is however, not a bad thing in some instances, since, you may feel it will stop your dog also, who is now on the attack to defend. If it does not do irreparable harm, it will not be such a problem.
Chemicals such as bleach, lye, bug killer, pesticides, and the like, are a definite, NO. Read labels and ask questions of them, before using them.
Carry a piece of rubber hose
A 24 to 30 inch piece of vinyl or rubber garden hose is a wonderful tool for these instances. They are easy to conceal, carry, and use. You can take aim, and hit the mark as well, for the most part. To be most effective, use it across the snout, or on a male, where the sun don’t shine. Be aware, I am not purporting violence, but if you have ever been in a situation such as this, and your dog has been attacked with locked jaws on his neck or elsewhere, you know what it is like to try to dislodge the aggressor. Next to impossible sometimes. Believe me, some dogs won’t be phased in the least by even this
rubber hose. It is however, another tool.
Carry a loud policeman-type whistle
Least effective of the list, it may only work prior to the actual attack. This loud shrill, may fend the aggressor off, before contact. If so, it then becomes the most effective tool on the list. In reality, the Pepper spray is the best tool.
If used before an attacker makes contact, but situations occur so fast, this may not be possible. In any case, a whistle will surely attract attention, if someone is within ear-shot, and outside aid may be produced from this.
Carry a plastic bag with baby powder or some other non-lethal powder
This suggestion is a bit hard to implement. If attacked, it does not afford you much time, to be opening up a sip-lock bag to apply powder to the attacker. Did not hear any results of actual usage, when the suggestion came in, but
thought it might be a viable solution in some applications, and printed it here. I would stress once again, to be careful, what product you use, and it’s