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Another Approach to Dog Protection

Old 03-17-09, 04:40 PM
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Another Approach to Dog Protection

A close call with a large pit bull recently -- along with discovering that pepper sprays seem to have more limitations than sometimes thought -- has led to a re-examination of the options for protection and deterrence.

Pit Bulls are often not affected by capsaicin-based dog-repellent sprays. Many other dog breeds also display this resistance to pepper spray when they are attacking. Documented cases include Bull Mastiffs, Rottweilers and many German Shepherds (including Police K-9s).[41] In the words of two police officers, it is "not unusual for pepper spray not to work on dogs"[42] and "just as OC spray doesn't work on all humans, it won't work on all canines."[43]



Electric fences seem to be effective against a wide variety of animals. They are used for bear protection, including black bears and grizzlies,



as well as for goats, cattle, llamas, hogs, cats, wild boar, deer, sheep, horses and mules, foxes, coyotes, wolves, dogs, and other animals, wild and domestic:



So how would this work on tour?, or could this possibly work on tour?

Here is step one:


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If there were appropriately positioned side posts and they were connected with strong netting (made of lightweight, thin steel cable for example), the occupant would be safe. If electric netting or wiring were used, the occupant would also be safe.

However, few people would tour on exactly this sort of vehicle.

On the other hand, there are people who enjoy using and even prefer using touring trikes (Greenspeeds and others); and a few of them use some sort of overhead sun protection supported by side posts. Others could add such a system, and keep it light. It would be reasonably easy to add netting or wiring to such setups.


At first it seemed improbable, and then it seemed more and more reasonable, to be able to do something similar with a standard diamond-framed (or two-wheeled recumbent) touring setup.

The netting or wiring need not be permanently deployed. It could be deployable (or retractable) on the fly.

It need not be in the way.

It need not involve horizontal wiring.

Vertical wiring may be more practical for this application -- something like a fringe, or a bead curtain, but electrified.

The wires could be spaced six inches apart or so (perhaps a bit closer or farther could also be tried).

A minimum of moving parts could be used -- something like the pop-open sunscreens used for car dashboards and windshields would be one possibility, mounted on front and rear racks, with the electric wires hanging from the perimeter. There are other possibilities as well, and the whole system could be kept light.

It could also serve as protection (including protection of tents, bikes, panniers, food, gear, etc.) against bears, raccoons, dogs, and other animals in camp.


If anyone is interested in trying something like this, or has any design contributions, please feel free to post pictures or ideas; and if anyone knows of anything like this, or comes across anything like this that has already been done, or is being done, please feel free to post -- it would be interesting to see what others are doing along these lines.

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