As an Animal Control Officer, the household porch can be one of the most dangerous places that we face. You must arm yourself in preparation to protect yourself.
If you are approaching a porch and there is a dog on the porch, using an ultrasonic device will aid your in determining the dog’s behavior as you approach. I most cases, the dog will move away from the front door and allow you to approach. You need to keep in mind that an ultrasonic device is your least effective tool to keep you safe.
A metal clipboard is the best defense in protecting yourself if you are attacked. You might be attacked by a dog at the door when you approach or when the dog owner opens the door and the dog escapes through the open door. It is important to use the clipboard as a shield and offer the board to the dog as it attempts to bite you.
It is not uncommon that you might be attacked by more than one dog. Pepper spray is your best approach in dealing with multiple dogs or if you are finding your clipboard ineffective. It is important to shake up your can of pepper spray once a week to make sure the pepper is evenly suspended in the container. Pepper spray comes in various concentrations from .003% concentration to 20% concentration. The 20% solution is sold to hikers to use on bears; but it appears to be a big hit with protesters; it produces a nice wide spray and comes in a larger container…. thus it will protect you longer.
If the dog pursues you to your vehicle and continues the attack, you should have a CO2 fire extinguisher available to keep the dog at bay until you can call for backup or until you can reach for your catch-pole.
As with the clipboard, the catch-pole is an effective shield to keep the dog at bay, but it is an ineffective tool if do don’t open the noose. If you cannot get the open noose over the dog’s head, you might consider letting the dog bite the noose and chinch the noose closed on the dog’s muzzle. You can then feed a second catch-pole noose over the first catch-pole and work the noose down the catch-pole and over the dog’s head.
Using a catch-pole usually causes a scene and in today’s society, capturing the dog will likely be videotaped and put on social media. You have the way your capture method decision against being injured by the dog.