Dog Charging: Real and non Pitbull
Just had a situation. Writeup got a little long for the pitbull thread so I started a new one. I offer this thread as food for thought about how I approached a real situation tactically that worked.
I run my pointer/heeler. I well exercised dog is a happy dog (same with owner).
My glock is at home. Sometimes I run with it, sometimes not. When without it, I carry two knifes - one each hip: benchmade LDK weakside and Spyderco Civilian strong side. Thats all besides wallet and dog poo cleanup bags. I respect my neighborgood.
While running through the neighborhood, middle of the street, relaxed and thinking about whatever, I hear a growl and noise. By the time I look left to the noise, I see a roughly 40lb husky like dog charging, growling, full sprint, straight line directly at me and my dog. Its already nearly at the sidewalk 10yards est from me and my dog.
My first instinct in these situations is to pick my dog up. Thats worked well up to this point and with very small dogs. This dog closed too fast.
I noticed that I made immediate instinctual response: SCREAMING Gutteral Command Voice: NOOOOOO NOOOOO NOOOOOO while pointing at it. It was pretty cool....just came out immediately and naturally...zero effort.
As I did this, I squared up with the dog, got my dog behind me, and began thinking and preparing for my right hand to grab the dog as my right pointing hand tracked the dog closer to me (leash in left hand to pull my dog back) and use my body to shield.
With my square up, voice and point, the charging dog stopped on the street/sidewalk off the family's property dead in its tracks.
It moved back into its yard as I stared it down and continued my gutteral NO's we egressed backwards and away as dog stayed in yard.
Command voice was the least invasive answer to the problem.
The next immediate transition if voice/posture failed: me between both dogs with my pointing hand tracking and coming down on the scruff preferably or anything else...then transitioning to weight of my body putting it down on its side for subdue as I let go of leash to isolate head and bite away.
None of that transition needed. Lots of seriously loud command voice, square up, pointing and the "I will F- You up" vibe stopped the threat.
I was really happy this worked. I love animals, especially dogs.
Gun would have been very high risk with my dog moving and in the mix. Such high risk I avoid it. Much prefer the control of blade along with the ability to use progressive levels of force with the blade. There was no time for pepper spray before the dog was on us. What I had time for was tracking with my pointing hand to "attack" and capture the scruff. I used what little time I had to really concentrate on this action. Once I get scuff, I am good to go.
If this was a pit bull, I would have done the same thing, but risk of my injury through a bite goes up greatly. There was such little time. Right hand to stop/slow/deflect dog, left hand goes for Benchmade on weak side and cuts dog until it stops being a threat.