Non-Lethal Self Defense - Prepared - Not Scared


Defense From Animal Attack

Recently there was a heart-wrenching news broadcast concerning a dog attack on a small local zoo. The report I heard was that two dogs, a Pitbull and a mixed breed (part Pitbull and part German Shepherd) had killed around 20 of the animals in the zoo. The survivors were badly traumatized.

The incident reminded me of a conversation I had with a client at last weekend's Gun Show in San Angelo, TX. 

The woman came by to thank me for selling her a stun gun at a previous show.

She had been walking her small dog (it looked like a Yorkie), and a Rottweiler had attacked. Fortunately, she had a stun gun that we had sold her at a previous show. She pulled the stunner of her purse; it was a one of our 20 Million Volt Runt models.

She had remembered what I had told her about using the stun gun to deter animal attack. She told me that when she discharged the Runt into the air, the Rottweiler suddenly stopped. It had just frozen where it was.

She popped the stunner again, and the dog retreated with its ears down and its “tail between its legs”

There is some literature on the web about using stun guns and Tasers against dogs, and I’ve even heard some anecdotes about stunners being effective deterrents to wolf, coyote, bear, and even javalena attacks.

Some of these articles suggest the best solution for the average person is a Taser to shoot the animal or a baton to shock it. In both cases, the choice of the defensive weapon (e.g., Taser or Baton) is intended to allow the user to have some sort of standoff distance when they make contact and shock the aggressive animal.

At the same time, there are growing numbers of articles (and, to my mind, a growing body of evidence) that suggests that just the sound of the stun gun’s discharge in the air is enough to stop the attack.


One theory is that the frequency and intensity of the stun gun’s electronic discharge combine to frighten the attacking animal. After all, all animals have an instinctive respect and fear of mother nature.

My experience with German Shepherds, Sheepdogs, and Pitbulls suggest that the larger the dog, the more they react to the sound of a stunner. The larger canines become very docile when confronted with a stun gun’s output; most of them will run away. Smaller dogs will stop their intimidation and leave you alone as well.

  • Perhaps they all associate the sound of the electronic discharge with lightning?
  • Perhaps the jagged sound of a high voltage discharge generates enough high-frequency noise that it hurts the animals?
  • Perhaps the animals are responding like a large percentage of humans do whenever they hear a stun gun for the first time? They jump, they cringe, and they shake a lot…and that’s just from hearing the sound of the stunner.

Whether it’s fear or pain, the outcome is the same – the stun gun discharge stops the attack and mitigates the threat.  

Something for all of us to remember.

The look on the woman’s face when she was talking about the animal attack was priceless. You could tell the little dog in her arms was far more than a pet.

And our Runt helped her protect him.

It’s another reason we do what we do

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