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#1 of 7 Old 10-08-2009, 04:50 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi all, I am getting up earlier and earlier (and staying up later) to walk my dog before work (and after). Our favourite route now seems to be run by the neighborhood bully, a skunk. My dog spooks too easily and is too curious to try and cross this guy's path. So, we go another way now. But, it's gotten me thinking. Obviously we could encounter skunks or any other animal (or person) on dark back roads. I carry a flashlight, but something could jump out of the bushes anywhere. Would it be smart for me to carry mace or pepper spray to guard against something that may attack us (stray dog, coyote, etc). What do y'all think?
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I think that would be a good idea! Especially if its dark when you go on your walks. Chances are wild animals will see and hear you coming and run away, especially if they see your dog with you. I'd be more concerned about off leash aggressive dogs and the people attacking than a wild animal. Pepper spray or mace would be effective against anything coming at you.

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The problem with pepper spray and mace is that you have to make sure the wind is blowing the right way otherwise you may get your own pet, or yourself. So it may be a bit tough to use.

I tried various alternatives (after my own two dogs had been attacked by two loose dogs). I tried opening an umbrella, a water pistol with vinegar in it, a spray bottle, all were really cumbersome, and may be effective against an animal but not person.

I chose to carry an airhorn.

They come in tiny size, about the size of mace. You can find them in outdoor and boating departments. I have this one, it's slim and fits right in my pocket:
http://www.amazon.com/Air-Horn-1-2oz...5040377&sr=8-9
Practice at home with the airhorn though for your pet to hear it. I did so in my own basement.
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Excellent, thank you both for your advice. You both gave me some things to think about. Asiago, thank you for the link. That's a great idea.
Anyone else with advice or suggestions, I'd love to hear from you.
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I carry an airhorn too, thankfully my dog is deaf as a doorknob, so it wouldn't bother him if I had to scare off some wildlife. My husband rigged our leash so that the airhorn hangs off the handle along with poo bags.

Occasionally the coyotes get desperate and start to look at my schnauzer like he's a snack, so having the airhorn with me is a huge peace of mind. Cabella's usually has great deals on them at christmas time, under the pretense that you'd give it as a stocking stuffer.
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I carry mace ... but, it's more for the human predators.

Mace is tricky, as others have said, due to wind. However, in a pinch, I'd obviously attempt to use it if attacked by a wild animal. I'd rather accidentally mace my dog in the process than have my dog go after the wild animal (something he'd absolutely do if it attacked me).

I did, once, use mace on a dog. This dog was behind a fence and going crazy with aggression towards my dog. We crossed the street, and the dog jumped over the fence and ran full speed at us. Fortunately, I was right next to my car, and spraying mace at the dog gave us just enough time to get into the car. I'm not sure I even hit the dog all that much. I think I only barely grazed his nose with my bad aim. But, it was enough time. I had never been so scared in my life. Mainly for my dog!

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That had to be so scary to see a dog jump the fence and haul over to get you! I think I would pass out.

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I carry mace ... but, it's more for the human predators.

I did, once, use mace on a dog. This dog was behind a fence and going crazy with aggression towards my dog. We crossed the street, and the dog jumped over the fence and ran full speed at us. Fortunately, I was right next to my car, and spraying mace at the dog gave us just enough time to get into the car. I'm not sure I even hit the dog all that much. I think I only barely grazed his nose with my bad aim. But, it was enough time. I had never been so scared in my life. Mainly for my dog!
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