Your dog looks bored sitting on the couch. A fun day at the park is just what you both need. As you prepare to leave, you pack your gun because you just can't be too cautious today. Unfortunately, we see stories of people who are attacked while at the local park.
Once you get to the park, you take the time to notice your surroundings. It's always important to use situational awareness wherever you go. There aren't many people around. Your dog excitedly pulls you up the trailhead. It's a nice day and you're enjoying the walk. Your dog barks at the deer in the field and goes crazy when a rabbit crosses the path. However, as you come to a bend in the trail, your dog stops, the hair raising on his back. He gives a low, deep throated, warning growl, as two men with bad intentions come walking towards you.
One of two men has a large knife in his hand, and the other tells you to give up your wallet and the dog or his friend will gut you like fish. Just as you start to draw your concealed handgun, your dog lunges, deciding to join the fight. You get your handgun out of the holster, the leash goes tight, as your dog jerks you off balance causing you to fall. When you fall, the handgun goes flying out of your hand and one of the two men pick it up. They shoot and kill your dog and then they point it at you demanding the wallet or you will end up just like your dog. You comply and give them what they want. Sadly, too many times they shoot the victim and dump their body off the beaten path.
Scenarios like the one described above happen far too often. It's important to be prepared for any scenario. How can you deal with a scenario like the one above? First, begin with your equipment, not just for you, but for your dog as well. You will need a good carry rig, and belt and holster combination. Fit your dog with a strong, well-fitted harness that is designed for his weight and size, an anti-pull harness would be the best. Also, you need a good strong leash, not the retractable kind, but a strong short walking leash.
My two dogs are both mixed breeds. One is a 120 lb Rottweiler mix, and the other is a 40 lbs Lab mix. Both have a harness that is a full body style and has wide straps for maximum strength and durability. I got them at local pet groomer's. They are for both walking and a seat belt, so I know they can hold up. The leash I use came from the local Tractor Supply Co. or TSC and was designed for hunting dogs. The leashes are no longer than three feet in length and have a robust clasp.
Now, how can you safely draw a concealed handgun one handed while the other is holding onto your dog? It's important that you start by training your dog and getting them used to the sound of gunfire. Many dogs will panic at loud noises at first, so make sure you tie your dog up to a post or tree where they can not escape or get into the line of fire. After your dog is used to the gunfire, it’s onto the next step. Be careful, and first use airsoft guns instead of live guns and ammo. Take your dog up to the firing line with your weak hand holding the leash and strong hand gripping the firearm. Fire a couple of slow, well-aimed shots, praising and giving your dog a tasty treat after each shot.
It's important to teach your dog basic obedience- walking on the leash without pulling and lunging, sit, stay, come, etc.-- basic commands. Look for a local class if you're unsure how to do this. This will help you keep control of your dog while drawing your handgun. Another thing that you might want to consider if you have a large dog, is working with a professional trainer to teach your dog to attack on command just like police dogs. If you are attacked, you can give the command and your dog will defend you. All you have to do is let the leash go, and that will free you up and give you more time to assess and draw your handgun for defense if needed.
Here is a video of mine that helps explain more in detail.
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