Dog Attack Advice for Process Servers

By January 24, 2013 3 Comments

In a follow up to the previous blog post, we wanted to share the feedback on our employees gave in response. A retired police officer who had over 25 years on the force, this server had some valuable insight on handling dog attacks and situations:

“Saw the mention about the Rottie and warning sign. I was a breeder a few years back of Rottweilers and became aware of this interesting bit about dog warning signs. A notice of a “Vicious Dog”, “Attack Dog”, or just plain old “Beware of Dog” sign use to serve as a warning, or if you will, a form of legal notice used to help minimize liability for property owners. Not anymore – it was brought to my attention that now-a-days it serves to increase the liability as you, the owner of the “nasty” animal, is/was aware of the potential hazard. Long before I stopped owning Rotties, I took down my “Beware of Dog” signs. Not exactly news you need to know as Cujo is about to leap upon you, but if you survive and there was a sign, you get paid bigger.

 Turning and running may have worked out this time, but your back and flight is the best way to trigger attacks.  A server may want to carry “over-the-counter” pepper mace with you (IN HAND) when entering areas that warn of potential dog issues. It does not always work though – I have seen law enforcement grade mace sprayed directly into dogs’ eyes from six inches away and it had no effect. One could also try the bear pepper spray dispensers. I have seen these on TV stop and turn bears in full charge. Or perhaps you may opt to try one of those foghorn type noise makers – it may confuse the dog long enough to get you safe. Sometimes you win the foot race with Fido and sometimes you lose, but go in prepared and increase your chances of going home in one piece. Also, if your spider senses are tingling don’t lock your car doors and you won’t have to fumble for keys. “

A few other of our servers also mentioned that they don’t lock their car doors just in case these types of situations arise. Do you lock your doors or leave them unlocked when going about a service?  Let us know and fill us in on any more dog defense tips you might have!

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  • I have encountered a few dog attacks but in mississippi its easy too legally arm yourself. With city laws stating your dog must be controlled. So we usually just taz or shoot the dog. Better the dog then the process server.

  • Don Cheatle says:

    If you shoot my dog I’ll shoot you

  • I agree with your suggestions. Not a fan of shooting or maiming a dog, but some high powered mace may work if you have no other choice. When pulling up to a unfamiliar property, especially in the country/rural settings, I will open my car door and slam it shut (windows down) which will usually set off a dog that is in within ear shot and send him running your way if he is untied. At the very least, you can hear dogs barking after that that may be tied out back or inside the house. If Cujo comes running out to your car, you know not to get out unprepared. I have had my car surrounded by dobermans before, had I not used this method, I would have been taken off guard and been in deep poo poo. So when your sitting there, thinking theres no way in heck I’m getting out of the car, I have honked my horn several times and the person I was looking to serve walks up to my car, all the while shooing the dogs away, long enough for me to serve them without even getting out of the car. Ticks the person with they are duped into coming to you, but…whatever gets the job done! If they walk out with a shotgun, well…were all in trouble then.

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