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What to do when your dogs gets attacked?

About a year ago my beloved dog was attacked by a loose Pitbull (gee, what a surprise huh). Luckily the owners got it off my dog before any real damage occurred to my dog or myself. Right after the attack, I was so upset that I started carrying a baseball bat with me on our walks, but stopped that when I bought a canister of pepper spray that my mailman suggested. I have even thought of carrying a stun gun when we go to our local park for our daily walks. I have never had another scary moment like what happened, and I am always watching for any other dogs that may appear aggressive, in which case I'll walk Kasey or Sammy in another direction. What are we to do if our dog gets attacked?
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Go buy a marine blow horn $10 at Canadian tire or Walmart.
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Go buy a marine blow horn $10 at Canadian tire or Walmart.
I'm not sure that would do it in all cases, but I realize you're kind of limited in Canada (no stun guns or pepper spray allowed) when it comes to defending yourself against aggressive animals and humans with bad intentions.

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I carry pepper spray, but there are situations when that may not be the best option. I'm currently looking in to stun guns that are small enough to carry in a pocket. I may end up carrying both.

I also have an air horn, which I got because of coyotes in my area, but I don't know how effective that would be at getting a pit bull to let go of my dog's throat.

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You guys from US all must look funny carrying full riot gear walking dog. lol
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Looks like you can carry dog or bear spray in Canada (a weaker form of pepper spray), but you better not use it on a human. What if you're being attacked? Would they seriously prosecute if you were carrying it for protection from dogs, and ended up protecting yourself from a criminal?

In Canada all products with a label containing the words pepper spray, mace, etc., or otherwise originally produced for use on humans are classified as a prohibited weapon.[40] Only law enforcement officers may legally carry or possess pepper spray. Any similar canister with the labels reading "dog spray" and/or "bear spray" is regulated under the Pest Control Products Act - while legal to be carried by anyone, it is against the law if its use causes 'a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person' or harming the environment and carries a penalty up to a fine of $500,000 and jail time of maximum 3 years.[41]

In April, 2011, the creator of a system to integrate pepper spray with a home security system was charged with trafficking in illegal weapons. It was also designed to be installed in cars.


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Well, we don't do dog parks nor walks in urban areas. When I do have the dogs out of the yard, we're in open training areas and that means I'm armed with a shotgun. If a dog made an effort to attack one of my dogs, it would be unsuccessful.

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You guys from US all must look funny carrying full riot gear walking dog. lol
Ha Ha. I could legally carry a handgun too, but I don't. If you ever use one to defend yourself, you better have a minimum of $100,000 for attorney fees - even if you shoot an intruder in your own home.

Right now, I just carry pepper spray on my walks. 90% of my walks are in the dark.

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Well, we don't do dog parks nor walks in urban areas. When I do have the dogs out of the yard, we're in open training areas and that means I'm armed with a shotgun. If a dog made an effort to attack one of my dogs, it would be unsuccessful.

Would you give a warning shot to scare off dog?



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Would you give a warning shot to scare off dog?

Uhhh Nope.

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