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Well i had my hand on my XD40 today and was almost to where i was going to have to shoot. i live in a small town and was walking to my home 3 miles outside of town. I was in the development i live in and was enjoying a nice fall day when i heard noise behind me and right behind me was 2 ST. BERNARDS! one was growling and came up to me and snarled. the one behind barked and snarled a bit but stayed back a few feet. The one closest to me snapped at me and i started to pull my XD40 out of the fanny pack i use to carry. i had the grip in my hand and it was coming out when the owner hollered at his dogs. they stopped and so did i. he hollered again and they went to him and he put them in thier kennel. he then came up to talk to me. He asked me if i had a gun in my fanny pack and i told him yes and he came close to loosing a dog. ST. BERNARDS are to big to take a chance with much less two of them. he told me he would not have blamed me if i shot them.. he is not going to let them out from now on unless he has them on a leash. he was washing windows and not watching his dogs when this happened. we had a nice talk and shook hands and parted friends. I was SURE GLAD I WAS CARRYING TODAY!! Its not always people we need to watch out for.
 

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that is the exact reason i open carry everytime I take my 7 year old and 4 month old for a walk. Rather have it and not need it then need it and not have it.
 

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The same thing happened to me a few years ago whe I was mountian biking execpt they where German Shephards, and they only understood German. This was before we could get carry permits, so all I could do was yell and try to keep my bike between me and the dogs, witch worked untill they split up so they could come at me from both sides. The owner yelled at them in German and they stopped dead in their tracks, and went back to their owner and sat down. I don't know they might have seen me as a threat, because I was riding up behind their owner and his wife. I was a little pissed at the time, but man they were nice dogs. My next dog will be a German Shephard just knowing the fear they can inflict I may never have to draw my gun when it's around.
 

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How about this:

1. Yell at the dogs to go home. I've had dogs turn around by yelling at them.
2. Pepper Spray.
3. Firearm.

Something wild like a coyote, is another story.
 

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I almost had to shoot a chow in my yard. I had let my male (uneutered) Black Lab out to pee and play some tennis ball or frisby fetch. When this chow that roams freely a lot flies into my yard.

He ran up on my lab and started sniffing and then backed up bared his teeth and was ready to pounce. I yelled got his attention and shot the ground about 6 feet in front of me. That was enough to send him running. I am unsure if a male lab would attack another dog without provocation. Though from what I know any male with his package still instact will defend his territory if invaded by another male dog.

Anyway good job on handeling it, that woulda scared the poo outta me, Bernards are gigantic, though usually friendly.
 

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Wife and I were walking our dogs one night and a Pitbull came out from between 2 houses and squared off with the dog my wife was walking. I backed up with my dog and slid to the side to get a profile shot as my wife drew pepper spray from her pocket. I drew about halfway from the holster and we began to back up. We crossed to the other side of the street and walked backwards for a block as the dog followed us from about 50 feet away. I am glad I didnt have to shoot it but I was a hairs breath from doing so.
 

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hobocircus said:
Something wild like a coyote, is another story.
I'm pretty good with dogs, and know if I stand my ground they'll usually back off. A coyote would scare the crap out of me though, because if it's coming right up to you, it's probably sick. I'd be much more likely to shoot a confrontational coyote - not because it's a coyote, but because it's got a better chance of being rabid.
 

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I'm pretty good with dogs now especially after what I learned in rural South Carolina. I worked for a telecommunications company doing an audit for the power company in the Beaufort area of SC. This involved me and others driving all over the county, and I do mean all over the county. We covered every square mile that had any electric service.

I grew up around dogs, albeit a nice and friendly collie. But I have always felt comfortable with about 80% of all dogs anyway, except for the yappers. :x Can't stand them.

Anyway, I am working my way back into some of these parts that make you very nervous. The kind that you could disappear into and noone would be able to find you and the locals wouldn't say anything to the cops. I pull up to this trailer and immediatly seven pit bulls and several other dogs are all growling and barking at my truck window. Pit Bulls are the number one dogs that scare me the most. I don't want to go back and have to get some officer to escort me because it will take so long. There is not a sould around to call off the dogs, so I crack my window and start talking to them. I sit there and talk to them for 20 minutes and gradually they start calming down. Eventually, I get up my nerve to get out of the truck and take care of my business.

I didn't have a gun on me but I had my folder knife, so I took it out of the sheath and opened it and put it back in the sheath just in case. If they were going to attack me like animals, then I was prepared to attack them like an animal. Thankfully, I didn't need it. They were all around me when I got out, but none threatened me. That isn't to say I wasn't close to having to change my britches, but it did work out okay.

We may have had a puppy dog-friendly collie, but one of the things my dad taught me was we were not going to take any BS from her. That is just the way I feel about my pets, I'm the superior one and provide the food, shelter and affection. Bite me and I'll be opening a big ol' can of whoop a$$.

Since then I have had to go through several situations like the ones mentioned above and have always had much more confidence in handling them. It seems to me you have exert your authority over the dog(s) to win the situation. And it seems to be easier to do that if the dog is taken care of by someone. Dogs that run wild are probably a bit harder to assume that place of superiority.

Just my $0.02 or 0.0518 gallon of gas @ $2.59/gallon
 

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Gadget said:
Just my $0.02 or 0.0518 gallon of gas @ $2.59/gallon
Damn, your .02 goes a long way! Wish I got it that cheap!
 

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Gadget said:
Just my $0.02 or 0.0518 gallon of gas @ $2.59/gallon
Damn, your .02 goes a long way! Wish I got it that cheap!
Yeah, gas here dropped over 30 cents in the last week here. We were at 2.89 just last Friday. I actually yelled in excitement on the way home when I saw it was 2.59. I couldn't believe it.
 

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hobocircus said:
How about this:

1. Yell at the dogs to go home. I've had dogs turn around by yelling at them.
2. Pepper Spray.
3. Firearm.

Something wild like a coyote, is another story.
+1
 

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40SWXDSHOOTER said:
My next dog will be a German Shephard just knowing the fear they can inflict I may never have to draw my gun when it's around.
But you don't speak german. :wink:

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hobocircus said:
How about this:

1. Yell at the dogs to go home. I've had dogs turn around by yelling at them.
2. Pepper Spray.
3. Firearm.

Something wild like a coyote, is another story.

Good post. +1
 

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vega said:
40SWXDSHOOTER said:
My next dog will be a German Shephard just knowing the fear they can inflict I may never have to draw my gun when it's around.
But you don't speak german. :wink:

vega
LOL

I can see his new German Shepherd cocking his head to one side as 40SWXDSHOOTER yells at him, "Sit! Bubba, sit!"
 

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In the Southeastern part of Missouri (where I hunt) the coyotes are mixing with wild dogs and breeding. Man they are Bastids, don't seem to have much fear of man. They sound really cool at night or near dark when they howl, that is until you realize, they are grouped up and circling you. Make you wish you had brought a change of clothes.

We pop anything we see that goes into the dog/coyote range now. :lol:
 

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I actually had a similar situation on friday. I was getting ready to walk out the door to pick up a lady friend when a guy came up to my window. He hollered at me and asked if i could help him. Always willing to help I said yeah Ill be right out. I live in one of the worst parts of town (probably the state) and going out of your house unarmed to help some random guy that came up to your window is not a good idea. I went in my room and put my XD 40 in my pants (with mikes holster of course) and went outside. Turns out it was just a kid about 17 or 18 so I asked what was wrong and he said some dogs were chasing him. I have seen these dogs roaming free on my street so I know they were around. I went out to my street to see if i could see em but they were long gone. The dogs ive seen are fairly large and I wouldve shot both if them if they tried to attack me or the kid. Not wanting the kid to keep walking and get chased again I offered him a ride which he gladly accepted. A good ending I must say!
 
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