Dog Repellant Experience?
Dogs like me too. Never owned one but like kids, they are more fun when they belong to someone else. Something I learned long ago is if you offer something to a dog, especially one that might be trained to guard, is to use your left hand. It is common to train them to not take something from your right hand as that might be bad for them and they will not trust you.
I am a dog lover, but I've met some pit bulls that scared me crapless:
that stuff looks like it does work. I know not all pits are bad, but SOME ARE. Same goes for Australian shepherds, chows, on and on...
I once knew a guy that worked for a big box firm and he said they armed them with bear spray when they worked in Baltimore...
Check your local laws before carrying bear spray in an area where bears are very unlikely to visit. Some states that allow it do restrict the capacity of the container or the percentage capsicum.
Keep a jar of doggy bones handy. A couple of those and they'll be your best buddy.
I've decided to go with the belt-and-suspenders approach. First, I plan to be a little more careful about assessing my surroundings and not stray far from the truck if I think there might be unfamiliar dogs around. (If I have to tell my client that I was unable to get the work done at a particular site because of dog trouble, so be it.) Second, I have a wooden hoe handle that I adapted for use as a Jacob's staff, but it seems long enough and stout enough to keep a dog at a safe remove. Third, I ordered a couple of cans of Halt! dog repellent, which is reportedly what the U.S. Mail carriers use. Fourth -- and sort of a last resort -- I have a Buck Folding Hunter that I'll put on my belt. Between all of the above I ought to be reasonably safe.