Self-defense against dogs

I have two of the “most dangerous and aggressive” dog breeds in my home - Pitbull and German Shepherd. According to the SmartCanine, they’re #1 and #3 respectively on the list!

Mine are very well trained and are far from scary dogs (unless you’re afraid of being licked). :slight_smile:

Others of the same breeds might be very well trained to attack or fight. All dogs can attack if they’re hurt or provoked.

What would it take for you to shoot a dog - yours or someone else’s?

These are my two “scary” dogs.

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I’m wondering how “warning” shot works on dogs? Perhaps this would be enough to scary a dog?
Otherwise, in my opinion, if I see attacker’s teeth on my or someone’s skin - that the moment to take a shot. [I consider this “imminent danger”].

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Warning shots are illegal in most states- there are a lot of downsides to them (you’re responsible for any damage done by your shot - and with a warning shot you don’t know where the round will end up).

If you had a different way to make a loud, startling noise, it might be worth an attempt.

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This is an easy one. When my 10 month old granddaughter was sitting on one of side me on the floor and her dog jumped over my lap and attacked her. It grabbed her by the head and bit her on the forehead and eye lid. She ended up in Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh where the doctors did a tremendous job repairing the injuries. Today at the age of 10, nobody notices the scars unless they really look close.

Since the dog had to be watched for illness, my son would not let me put the dog down, However he did permit me to pay for the vet to put it down.

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@Dawn, you are right about loud noise, in this case, as soon as I screamed, the dog let go and ran for the corner.

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@Dawn
What about “responsible” warning shot? I don’t get it… so it would be a legal action to shot somebody (I’m still talking about imminent threat) instead of scary someone with warning shot (fe into soft ground, lawn, etc) ?

Warning shots are a bad idea. It is legal to defend yourself with lethal force when you’re in imminent, unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm - in most states.

A warning shot can ricochet and if you’re using one you’re basically saying you’re not in imminent, unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm because you didn’t have to shoot the attacker and you had time for a warning shot.

Who else is around you that would take your shot as aggression? Or throw themselves in front of your gun to protect their dog - even if it’s not aimed directly at the dog?

Not to mention, what if you need that extra round for your self-defense?

They’re just not a good idea.

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Once I, or a family member has been bitten. Then I’m burying a knife in that dogs throat. Still less hassle than explaining why I discharged a gun in town. If it’s woods walking, I’m putting the muzzle point blank at the dogs chest, and bang.

@Dawn
Thx for explanation.

if you’re using one you’re basically saying you’re not in imminent, unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm because you didn’t have to shoot the attacker and you had time for a warning shot.

this make sense…
It also explains why Mozambique drill prepares you for surviving but doesn’t prepare you for murder charges…:face_with_raised_eyebrow:

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Only would I (as civilian) dispatch a dog if, it appears that extreme bodily harm has ensued. Flesh is ripping or jaws of death grip to vital areas (throat). I may attempt less lethal options, if situation allowed for it. On assignment,(LEO) charging dogs, will be put down, quickly.
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I love dogs, have been a dog owner all my life.
It’s a shame that they’ve been mistreated and breed for ill intent oftentimes.

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my wife got involved with this last year. We live in a desert community and she walks her dogs every day. Two unleashed dogs charged out of a yard barking, growling with teeth bared. Wife fired a round into the ground and stopped the attach. Owner of dogs called sheriff and reported my wife shot at her dogs. Deputy said dogs must be on leash but wife was wrong to fire weapon. You need to wait till you are actually engaged and try to get pictures or witnesses (TOTALLY BIZARRE).

That is unfortunate, @Kenneth11. Was there any sort of legal consequences for your wife?

A lot of states do not allow you to shoot a dog if it’s attacking your dog. Pets are considered property in some states and family in others. Another good reason to research laws in your state. :confused:

There were no consequences other than verbal warning to both parties. The laws are clear but I will protect myself and my animals. Many small dogs have the Big Dog syndrome and can cause great damage to our pet and ourselves when we try to separate them.