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Would You Carry Pepper Spray?

It's important to protect yourself and your pets from threats while on walks. You never know what you'll encounter strolling through an area with off-leash dogs or wild animals, and it's important to think about protection.

The idea of pepper spray was recommended in the comments of a past dealing with aggressive dogs post, and in Dean Koontz's A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog, he mentions the same thing. After his dog Trixie was bitten by a loose dog, he kept a bottle saying it "discourages any dog mid-charge but does no permanent damage." What's your take on packing a bottle and using it?

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HappyKate HappyKate 7 years
Bear Spray is great but only use on a bear if ABSOLUTELY necessary, as in have already done all the rest of the things you should do. Also never run from a grizzly. Not to be mistaken with a brown black bear or cinnamon bear which is common.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 7 years
Maybe but only for the most neccesary time!
dleighl dleighl 7 years
I already carry it. For the two-legged animals as well as the four-legged kind.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Before you carry ANY kind of defensive spray make sure that it is legal in your city and state for civilians to do so. You could be in a world of trouble with law enforcement if you carry or use these products and it is not allowed by law in your area.
Pampire Pampire 7 years
I don't see a problem with it, it doesn't do any permanent damage so as I see it no harm done. I would do anything to protect my pooches, they're my babies!
HappyKate HappyKate 7 years
Bear Spray
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I'd carry it. One bad incident with another dog can set your dog up for some emotional issues that are hard to overcome. I'd rather pepper spray a dog than risk my dog developing behavioral issues.
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