I had an experience earlier which inspired another post and this one. Out shore fishing with one of the kids I had seen a dog go by with these two fellows on a boat. Looked like some kind of big boxer mix and was kinda cool on the bow of the boat. Later when we were on the rocks it came around the corner on us and put a little startle into us both. It wasn't moving too fast and its body language didn't seem aggressive to me but it took the high ground above the 3 foot rock shore we were down fishing on and wouldn't let us up. I did what I guess is the usual calling it "good puppy" a few times. Heck, it had a collar on and LOOKED trained before so I even tried telling it to sit lol. It wasn't barking but wasn't rolling on its belly wanting petted either and it prevented us from getting off the lack after we circling to the right as far as we could. I put myself between it and my kid, had my kid hand me the metal rod holder. I didn't even have a darned filet knife with me! The darned thing ended up RIGHT in front of me and barked. Man if I had my gun on me I would have shot it right then. Instead I took a step forward figuring it was time to feed my left arm to it while stabbing it with the metal rod holder my right. Lucky for all involved it backed up, barked and ran off situation solved. Man, I would have shot something tonight and it would not have been for the best. BUT, having to stand down some stupid dog which was honestly probably just startled by us was stupid. Guess I could have stood on the shore forever waiting for it to decide what to do. Shooting it would have sure created some paperwork with local law enforcement but would have meant a near 0% chance the dog and me ended up going at it in front of my kid or worse my kid getting attacked. Sticks near the kids make me nervous lol. Honestly it happened pretty slowly though, even if I had a locked gun on me though I had time. Wonder what to take away from this.