Dog Repellant Experience?
I had a close call today when a pair of large German Shepherd-mix dogs showed up when I was about 150' from my truck. I was on their property so they were understandably protective, but there were no people around to call them off. While not super aggressive, they were barking and circling closer to me, one in front of me and one behind. It occurred to me that if they attacked I'd be toast. Fortunately there was a downed branch about 6 feet long nearby, and I was able to use it to keep them at bay as I slowly made my way back to my truck.
The job I'm working on requires my to visit a couple of hundred wells on private property, so I can expect more of this. I'm thinking that I ought to have some spray repellent with me. Any recommendations?
Ammonia in a spray bottle. (Not diluted.)
I haven't tried any dog repellent in years. Some time back I tried several over a period of time and none really 'repelled' a dog for any length of time. I remember one that had ammonia and it stated on the bottle to "not get in your face or eyes"....so a crew member had to spray the poor rodman to see if it worked. It did repel rodmen...but the only dog that got sprayed with it just sneezed, slobbered and shook his head...while still maintaining his ground and attitude.
The only one I remember that worked at all was a pepper spray that contained capsaicin. While it was touted on the label for use on dogs and aggressive animals I think it was mainly distributed for human-repellent. I did spray some on a stake and was going to touch it and test it on my person. But the mist immediately wafted to my eyes and face....test over. If I remember that one you would have had to been within about 5 feet to be effective...not a good proximity to a riled-up dog. Never got to field test it on a dog.
My truck generally has a good supply (not too awfully old) of chicken bones wrapped up in paper sacks from the truck-stop fried chicken I'm so fond of. I keep a bucket in the back for trash and there's always some in there. Tossing chicken bones to protective dogs seems to settle them down quite a bit. I haven't found a dog yet that doesn't appreciate a bone now and then...and most of them don't seem to mind the Louisiana hot sauce either. 😉