First let me say – I like dogs. We have 2 dogs. I can usually handle them without resorting to Halt! But lately I've had to use it.
People down the road have 2 black labs that are periodically running loose. At first the labs would just run along side of me. The only problem was that sometimes they would dart ahead, then stop in front of me. This is a problem on dark mornings. They are FAST. I have to do over 26 mph to out run them.
The young lab start snapping first. One afternoon, after everything else failed I gave him a shot of Halt! It stopped him in his tracks and started snorting and sneezing. I was glad to see that he was not really in pain – just distracted.
Yesterday morning the young one was keeping away from me and the older one was running behind me in the dark when I heard a snarl and then felt the bike move as she bit down on my pannier and pulled with all her might. I stopped the bike and started yelling like crazy. I grabbed for the halt but could not aim in the dark because the mutt was not in my headlight. The Arkel was fine – glad it was not my leg.
Next time they are on the road I'm going to stop and verbally chase them away. If they don't go then they are getting a shot of Halt so I can get going without them running after me.
I bought two more cans of Halt! I am very impressed. It does not seam to hurt the dog, just annoy and distract it. I'm also impressed with the Arkel it really took some abuse.
Halt! works great for tame animals. I will keep some on my commuter at all times.