Our animal repellents should help you keep away unwanted animal
Have you ever been chased by a dog? Say a pit bull, or even a little chihua
hua and just felt helpless? Or maybe you live in a neighborhood where every
other person seems to have a dangerous looking dog? If you say yes to either
question then you may need some form of protection "just incase".
We offer two dog repellents, the dog pepper spray or the electronic dog repellent.
Our electronic dog repellent keeps dogs away from a distance, easy to use and
it keeps dogs away within a radius. However when it stops then the dog will
be back. This is where the dog
pepper spray has an advantage. When sprayed at the dog, it stays there
giving you ample time to leave the area. Either way, you make the choice based
on your situation.
One to remember is that if you decide on the spray rather than the electronic
repellent, make sure that you do a little practice with it. Spraying requires
good aim and some confidence in you. if a charging pitbull comes your way, are
you courageous enough to stand your ground and aim the spray, aim and fire?
or will you buckle with fear? So again, get the one that you truly believe you
will be able to use in the heat of the moment!
Why is bear pepper spray so effective in deterring aggressive bears?
1) Bear pepper spray gives people a reason not to run. Its often said that
running from a bear may elicit a chase and attack. Is this true or are people
just assuming that bears are little more than “big dogs with little tails”
(to quote famous phylogeneticist George Gaylord Simpson) and hence, like dogs,
chase things that run from them? I analyzed thousands of stimulus-response type
data associated with bear attacks. The idea was to see what the historical record
could teach us, quantitatively, about how bears responded to people’s responses
to them. In this instance I had 42 times in my database when people confronted
with an aggressive bear chose as their response to run. It seems fairly safe
to assume that the desire of the person running was to put distance between
themself and the bear and end the confrontation. How often did the desired result
occur? About 5% of the time! In only 2 of these 42 instances did the bear leave
without further interaction. Importantly, however, in 83% of these instances
(35) desired results were not obtained.... bears chased after the fleeing persons,
and in some cases, attacked and mauled them. So, running from an aggressive
bear should not be high on your list of options for dealing with them in a close
encounter. Yet when confronting a bear, particularly one-on-one, with no deterrent
options available, people panic and run regardless of what they’ve been
told. We can do much better than that. Carry bear pepper spray and don’t
run but stand your ground. Not running and holding your ground conveys a message
that bears recognize, that of a co-dominant unwilling to yield. That gives them
pause and buys you time. If you have bear pepper spray with you, have it handy,
have it out and pointed in the bear’s direction, you will find that you
have a reason to not run and this says to the bear “I am not subordinate
nor am I going to be an easy target.” Without a deterrent you will have
a very hard time keeping your legs from taking off regardless of what your head
2) The sudden, loud hissing of the spray and billowing cloud startles bears.
This effect I have observed several times in person and on video-tape. You could
be spraying sugar water for all it matters initially because this sound and
sight is surprising. As a result, approaching bears are surprised, they halt,
and very often run away before the spray even reaches them. Again, this startle
effect has been shown time and again to give bears a reason to go somewhere
else and, as our records show, they most often do.
3) The active ingredient in bear pepper spray (our Guard Alaska Spray) is a
strong irritant, as observed with penned and wild bears that have been sprayed.
Steve Herrero, Chuck Jonkel, myself, and many others have seen bears sprayed
directly with this and many cough, wheeze, and wildly paw at their eyes and
nose. Pepper spray obviously turns the tables...the aggressor becomes the victim.
Sure, there have been a few failures of sprays to deter aggressive bears but
there have been far greater successes, something that you should keep in mind
next time you contemplate hiking in bear country.
article on bear spray courtesy of (http://www.absc.usgs.gov/research/brownbears/pepperspray)