Just a Minor Test... and Good News, I Passed

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    Just a Minor test... and Good News, I Passed

    I was in the rural South this evening and was helping a family member by taking out the trash. It was inky black and I used what I considered a powerful flashlight to see down the driveway. Suddenly, I had a mid-sized Alaskan dog running toward me, barking aggressively. I shined the flashlight in its eyes but it did not stop. Every time it saw a "crack" in my watch of it, it moved closer. It finally got about eight yards away and I started feeling for my firearm. Eventually, its owner made enough half-hearted attempts to call it back that it listened, but I learned alot in that 90seconds:

    a) my flashlight is part of my arsenal...I need to get a more powerful one

    b) I was calm and thinking in "code yellow" 24-7 is helping me stay cool under scenarios that are challenging

    c) all your senses are tools in self-defense...for example, when I could not see the dog, I listened for it.

    This was a good experience for me in the end and I am glad I was somewhat prepared when it happened.

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    I'm glad everything worked out ok, it's no fun getting chewed.

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    I wouldn't have waited til an agressive dog got within 8 yards before I started reaching for my gun,as soon as the dog started charging agressively my 45 would have been slipped out of my holster and hid behind my leg
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    Try yelling "NO!" in a firm, loud voice. I've actually gotten several dogs to stop charging me by yelling "Get off the sofa!".

    It doesn't always work, but it's worth a try before you go shooting a dog that may or may not be dangerous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzB View Post
    Try yelling "NO!" in a firm, loud voice. I've actually gotten several dogs to stop charging me by yelling "Get off the sofa!".
    does it work for mother in laws as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    I wouldn't have waited til an agressive dog got within 8 yards before I started reaching for my gun,as soon as the dog started charging agressively my 45 would have been slipped out of my holster and hid behind my leg
    behind your leg isnt where it belongs...it belongs raised and sighted on the charging animal...my neighbor doesnt let his dog out off the leash since it charged my lanai cage while i was cleaning my guns...a 1911 drawn and leveled changed his mind about allowing his dog to intimidate mine...there was no exchange of pleasantries...just "leash your dog cause i dont want to have to patch holes in my screen"...he is still friendly but guarded...

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    i can't really imagine getting that worked up over a neighbors dog. It would have to be frothing at the mouth and snarling very agressively for me to even think about drawing on a dog. Dogs bark at strangers everyday. Hell my own dog barks at me when i come in the door from work until he knows it is me.

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    I have heard that hitting a charging dog is quite difficult. For training, I've heard the following recommended:

    1. Fill a plastic milk jug with water;
    2. Tie a rope to it;
    3. Put it a good distance away from you;
    4. Run the rope past you right next to your feet;
    5. Have someone pull on the rope to cause the milk bottle to charge you;
    6. Shoot the milk bottle.

    I like dogs - lots - but I also don't want to get torn up.

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    When I'd go out to lock up the chicken coop, my neighbor's dog would scare the living crap out of me. That dog was every bit of 100 pounds. It's pretty un-nerving when all you can see is his eyes glowing in the pitch darkness. I'd turn the corner of the barn and he'd be waiting, crouched, and growling.

    We set him up one night and blasted him with paint ball guns. That dog yelped all the way home because we shot him close range.

    The neighbor called the next morning, wondering why his dog was covered in orange, blue, and yellow spots.

    I said that the next time, I won't use a paint ball gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    When I'd go out to lock up the chicken coop, my neighbor's dog would scare the living crap out of me. That dog was every bit of 100 pounds. It's pretty un-nerving when all you can see is his eyes glowing in the pitch darkness. I'd turn the corner of the barn and he'd be waiting, crouched, and growling.

    We set him up one night and blasted him with paint ball guns. That dog yelped all the way home because we shot him close range.

    The neighbor called the next morning, wondering why his dog was covered in orange, blue, and yellow spots.

    I said that the next time, I won't use a paint ball gun.
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    Curious Question.

    I wonder if a STROBE flashlight would disorient a dog as it does to a human?

    A question that I've not seen asked before.

    Anybody have an answer?

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    I've had to shoot a charging dog. Difficult to do. Didn't train for low, fast moving threats, but they do exist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Curious Question.

    I wonder if a STROBE flashlight would disorient a dog as it does to a human?

    A question that I've not seen asked before.

    Anybody have an answer?
    I tried using a very bright LED flashlight on my boxer wondering the same thing...will it mess up his vision like mine? I dont think it did....He dodged my hands (play slapping) just as good as always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looney View Post
    does it work for mother in laws as well?
    I doubt it would work for mine...she's apparently the one that taught her daughter to yell "No" in a firm, loud voice at me. It's pretty convincing.

    About a week before I got married (17 years ago) I was attacked by a neighbor's 2 pit bulls in my own yard. It happens in a flash. My gun was inside the house and they had me trapped in a stairwell with nothing but a broom. Someone called them off. I was in the house getting my six-shooter when my doorbell rang. I answered the door with hands bleeding everywhere and a big revolver in my hand. At that point I think he was as scared as I was.
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