Strobe on angry dog

So most agree strobe not that good for defense against people. How about dogs? Or just a bright light. I don’t have any angry dogs where I live to test on.

I don’t know about dogs —- I can shine a TN42 in my old cats eyes at 15 yds —she doesn’t even turn her head away

Most animals have that bunnies-in-the-headlights mechanism. They are frozen.

According to a PO I know, he relates the following. On drunks, a strobe, of just the bright light, often makes them flinch away from the light.
BUT sometimes there is no effect or makes them more belligerent. This is dependent on their mood at the time. The term mean drunk is not to be taken lightly.

Cranky pooches have moods too. Often if it’s just a bluff, the strobe, of just the bright light may (note the word may) have a deterrent effect.
BUT he’s never seen an aggressive pooch even slow down by anything if they are determined.
He also said a good loud police whistle will often throw them off their game.

And I’ve never seen any wildlife care much about light other than ones that get hunted at night - Wild Pigs for example.
All the Best,

Also meant to mention that I’ve taken studio shots of dogs and a few cats.
The pop of 1500w/s of strobes doesn’t seem to bother them as much as the POP sound.
That’s several million Lumens…

When my neighbor's pit bull attacked my mom's dog, I used a flashlight to keep the pit bull from injuring my mother or further injuring my mom's dog.

The pit bull was in our front yard and I was at the entrance of our side yard stopping the pit bull from getting to our back yard.

Sadly, my mom's dog died from his injuries, but at least my mom didn't get injured.

Raccoon City, that’s such a sad story, sorry about the dog dying from his injuries.
Not to defend a person/dog attacking dog-that’s inexcusable,offending dog should be euthanized, but not all pits are killers. We have a half pit/half lab and he’s the sweetest dog, never hurt an an animal other than rodents he ate (see my avatar).
Re: strobe, zero effect on either one of our 2 dogs, just looked at with stupid looks on their faces.

I’ve never had an aggressive/scared dog flee the strobe. The ones I’ve encountered usually back down or fled if I stand tall, talk to them and advance on them in a determined walk. Dog being a hunter is deciding do I hunt it or is it hunting me. Most aggressive dogs are fear aggression and back down quickly. You’ll find them keeping their distance and putting on a good show. The tail and ears almost always give away if he’s protector or scared. Pepper spray is very effective.

Pepper spray works much better than strobe.

October, 2018: When my neighbor’s loose Belgian Shepherd ambush sicced itself me, I used a hand-held powder actuated tool to keep the dog from injuring me.

October, 2019: When my neighbor's loose Queensland Heeler ambush sicced itself me, I used a hand-held powder actuated tool to keep the dog from injuring me.

12,500 pedestrian miles in five years, seven miles per day, 70 pounds off of my body and I never got bit once by seventy loose dogs that I encountered alone on the street. I wear a GoPro camera, and criminal loose dog offenders are getting tickets.

I forcibly refuse to make a perfect victim sacrificial offering of my flesh and blood to the Almighty Dog that this evil society worships and serves.

Any flashlight would not have saved this child: (scroll up to view the main content)

Flashlights are not for stopping things. Force is not for seeing things.

Pepper spray is mostly utterly useless. "Police were forced to discharge their firearms when pepper spray proved to be ineffective." This happens many, many, many times per day. Police in the USA shoot about 100 dogs per day. The dog is charging at 30 feet per second. The pepper spray has a few feet range and takes two seconds to have any effect, which is utterly useless if it is a determined attack.

Six million times per year in the USA, new singers of the same old song: "He was always so friendly. I don't know what could have gotten into him."

Any flashlight is utterly useless to prevent dog attack. Utterly. Useless.

Except maybe the 6D MagClub.

Strobe vs male pitbull. Pitbull wins.

My prediction is strobe angers pitbull and dog ends up taking revenge on strobe owner.

Don’t do it man. Bear pepper spray maybe, not a flashlight.

My dog (border collie/heeler mix) sees a strobe, and he WANTS IT! Or a ramp. I was under my computer desk the other day fiddling with something, and ramped up my D4, and all of sudden, it was gone. The dog was half way downstairs before I caught him and pulled it out of his mouth.

Yep, I know.

But ever since the attack, I don't trust pit bulls or their owners.

Pit bulls have a history of being bred and trained to kill other dogs.

They have the highest rate of attacking and killing dogs, and humans.

They also turn on their owners at a high rate.

It's not the dog's fault, but their owner's (and their history.)

I live in rural Malaysia - in my area in particular there are many, many stray mutts. Due to lack of infrastructure there’s nothing that the local government does about them. I can speak from personal experience that turbo modes actually work very well against an aggressive dog. The dogs actually stop in their tracks, even charging ones. I’ve had most success with lights with turbo modes 1500 lumens and above. Again, this is personal experience, against street dogs without owners or training. Your results may vary, but as for me it’s something I rely on if I have to pass an area with a high concentration of street dogs.

Dogs are AS different from each other…. as people are from one another.

Some run toward a firing weapon, some flee from a dropped pan. Some do what they’re told. All of that can be influenced by training, but probably doesn’t change much on flashlight OUTPUT.

You could have the reverse of the effect of what you desire from some dogs, by shining them with a light - they might escalate. Those dogs are a vast minority - if you aren’t breaking the law.

I would take the risk every time.

Not my first choice for protection, but from racoon city comment we know that can be heroically effective.

Carry a bright flashlight!

The flashlight I used, the Lumapower MRV SE isn't that bright in 2021, but at the time it was my best flashlight.

The pit bull ran in circles in the front yard, and every time it approached me, I shined the flashlight in its face.

I got lucky because I don't think that'll work with all dogs.

How many pitbull attacks do we need to have before we are convinced that pitbulls are dangerous? Did you ever see a vicious springer spaniel attack or from a Labrador? Never. Come on guys. The pitbull owners need to be held accountable. This is not a joke.

Some communities actually ban pit bulls, but not around where I live.

I have seen many types of dogs attack. There are tendencies among breeds, but I was told my Anita (sp, Akita) would be viscious, and he would try to he your friend so hard before he would bite, if ever. The owner matters.

The question is flashlight effectiveness on the species, not which shade of nasty dog you have met?