This is a discussion on Dog as weapon? within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by aus71383 If the dog is the "weapon", are you going to shoot the owner? If the dog is attacking you, and you ...
Anyway, back to the OP's question, I'm still of the opinion that using a dog as a less than lethal solution is a bad idea for average joe. I believe that the bg being attacked would be justified (legally speaking) in defending himself against a dog attack. He could pull a knife and start hacking away, and then where are you? You either watch your buddy get hacked up or you draw your piece and defend your property (I believe a dog would legally be held to be property, and as such, using deadly force to protect it is a crime in most states). Not to mention the lasting effects of dogbite, compared to OC or taser. Too little benefit for too great an investment and risk.
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I'm not sure what the story behind the OP's question, but while I feel my dogs contribute to my family's security, I strongly feel that you cannot delegate the responsibility to your dog(s). Basically -- Don't send a dog to do a man's (or woman's) job.
Last edited by bzdog; November 25th, 2007 at 04:09 PM.
I read in one of Masada Ayoob's books his take on dogs.
You should never train your family dog in attack training. They only training you should give your family pet is obediance training. It is a dog's natural reaction to protect his family and usually will do so.
If you have a large dog who maybe called upon to protect home and family...you should never give it names like "Killer" or "Demon" or "Burgler Biter". Use names like "Baby" or "Pups".
Consider what breed you get too. German Shepards, Rotts, or Pit Bulls are hard to defend in court. Great Danes bring to mind the friendly cartoon dog Marmaduke, but are just as protective as any other large breed. St. Bernards wear a barrel and save people...at least that is what most think of, but I have seen the damage one can do.
To sum it up:
1. The only training your family dog needs is obediance. Let his natural instint to protect his family and home be his guide.
2. Don't work against yourself and your dog by giving him a violent or scary name.
3. Be aware of your choice of breed. Some come with negitive baggage.
Which would be better?
Going into court with a dog that has a history of attack training, breed history of violent agression, and a name that scares children....OR....
A big happy dog named "Jason Puppy Boy" who sits and stays on command and reminds everyone of a friendly cartoon dog.
Keeping this in mind may be the difference between you paying huge amounts of money to the BG who came into YOUR home and not. The difference between your pet being judged a rogue animal and being put down or going home to the family to stand guard another day.
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