So, we get asked quite often which model of stun gun or stun baton is best to use against dogs. While there is no definitive single best unit, there are two features which are really helpful in dealing with an attacking dog situation. These help both if the dog is attacking your dog and if the dog is potentially attacking you or a person.
First thing to consider is preventing the attack. If a dog is in pursuit of you or your dog, you want to be able to “shake” their attention, to startle them and to get them to rethink what they’re doing. You want to redirect their attention. Oftentimes, simply by doing a test fire into the air before they make contact is enough to rattle them and get them to redirect. However, what’s important here is that the test fire HAS TO BE by a strong stun gun. I wimpy little “poof” into the air is not going to get anyone’s attention. But, by using something that has high voltage AND high amperage, like the Barracuda BC37, a sound so loud will be generated that many times, the dog freaks and tucks tail.
Now, if the dog does happen to continue or if the dog is already in “mouth on” attack mode, you want something that can reach in to the fight, thus keeping your body parts as far away as possible. And, to accomplish this, a stun baton or even a stun cane is a good weapon to have. A stun baton is typically 15-18 inches in length and a stun cane is generally 30+ inches. So, either can be used to extend your reach giving you a little distance.
Now, with all this being said, please know that there is no weapon that can be claimed to be 100% effective in any and all situations. Body chemistry, adrenaline and what have you sometimes comes together to give a freakish situation that even a bullet won’t instantly stop. But, you’ll increase your odds by having something rather than nothing. Also, know that stun guns and batons will not permanently harm either the attacking dog, nor your dog should you accidentally touch them. And, the stun cannot pass from the attacking dog you touch into your dog.
Dog attacks can be quite stressful situations for sure. Be prepared and know that you’re increasing your chances of safety and that of your dog by carrying some form of stun gun.
– By E Harris