Product Review: Spray Shield, Animal Deterrent Spray

Direct Stop, Non-Harmful Animal Spray Deterrent

Unfortunately, not everyone whom walks their dog in public places takes the time and commitment to participate in dog training.  Case in point, one day I was walking a small little dog at the local park when two young girls, barely old enough to drive a car and weighing less than 100 pounds each, were being dragged by their large muscled dog right toward me and my little companion.  It was a scene from a cartoon if you envision the girls being dragged on their heels with smoke coming out from under their feet.  They were physically unable to retain the leash and therefore, had to let it go.  I adverted an unfortunate incident by picking up the little dog and holding him in my arms.  Fortunately, their dog wasn’t aggressive toward humans.

In another situation, I was walking a large size dog at a local park when I saw an athletic and therefore, strong-looking woman being dragged by her aggressive large size dog around a bush toward us.  I quickly walked my dog further away to create distance while observing the woman almost falling to the ground.  She was finally able to control her dog after having been dragged 30 yards.  If her dog had escaped from her, I would not have had a good way to keep her dog away from us other than trying to kick and yell at it to go away which could result in personal injury to myself.

Therefore, I now carry Spray Shield (sold by PetSmart as Direct Stop), an animal deterrent spray, with me on walks.  The cylinder canister fits nicely in a pocket or in the palm of your hand.  The spray quickly disperses from the can by the push of a button, much like Cap-Stun or Mace.  However, because the ingredient is citronella, it is not painful nor harmful to animals or humans.  Premier, the distributor of Spray Shield, states the potent smell of the releasing citronella causes the mild to medium aggressive animal to become confused as to what was just sprayed at them.  I don’t know if this is true but because it is sprayed from the bottle very quickly it will scare most on-coming animals and discourages them from continuing their pursuit.

I have had to use it on one occasion and can attest that it worked very successfully.  The attacking dog stopped immediately in its tracks and ceased any further forward movement toward me and my dog.  PetSmart sells it for only $10.99 and it reportedly contains 12 short bursts which should be  sufficient to keep a mild to medium aggressive dog at bay.

If the unfortunate incident happens and you need to use the spray on an aggressive loose dog, you will be able to explain to its owner that you simply used a non harmful spray to keep their dog at bay.  And, you might also suggest that they contact a professional dog trainer for help in training their dog.  Don’t wait till a situation happens, carry Spray Shield/Direct Stop with you on your next dog walk.  You’ll feel more prepared to take action in case the unfortunate situation happens to you.

About Michael Burkey

Michael Burkey is a professional dog trainer, behaviorist and owner of, a highly successful dog training company whose aim is to promote peaceful relationships between pets and families. Additionally, he is an expert trial witness, certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC), former Police K9 Handler, Search and Rescue (SAR) K9 Training Director and SAR K9 Handler, obedience and rally competitor and social worker. Dog training is a complex science and art requiring knowledge of behavioral science and learning. You can rely on Michael's experience, teaching methods, and integrity. He can be contacted at or 734-634-4152.
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6 Responses to Product Review: Spray Shield, Animal Deterrent Spray

  1. Barb says:

    I’ve carried this for a few years now after a Rottweiller and Mastiff jumped through screens in their owners living room and in two bounds were on me and my cocker. Fortunately I was able to keep my cocker and myself from being harmed as I kept him inbetween my legs and we did very fast circles while calling for help (although I was guite dizzy after that fact). Thank goodness for the community service workers that happened to be about 100 feet away as they ran to assist the owner in trying to pull the dogs away from us. Gordie escaped with only slobbers on his hind quarters and on his jugular vein area. I’ve used it once while walking Maggie when a loose dog came out of nowhere and can attest that the burst of spray stopped the dog and it turned away and proceeded to give chase to a couple of joggers that were passing. I carry it with me at all times now.

  2. I also used it just today when introducing two male German Shepherds (GSD) together. They were a little unsure of each other at first off leash greeting. When they got too aroused in their play behavior, a quick squirt toward the offending GSD stopped the misbehaving. They then settled back down and were appropriate with each other again. Ten minutes later, they were doing big play bows with each other and chasing each other around the yard with no unsureness.

  3. As is noted in all advertising, this stuff does NOT work on highly aggressive dogs (you know, the one’s you REALLY need it to work on!) My dog was attacked by a dog known for attacking other dogs (it broke through its fence as we walked by) I sprayed my Spray Shield directly in its nose for quite a while. It stopped for just an instant, then continued to attack my dog. (she was able to out run him until someone caught the other dog!) Whew.
    It DID slow him down a bit, which is something, I guess, but was not the protection my dog & I needed.

    • Hi Christi,

      I’m glad you and your dog were ok. It’s a very scary thing to be approached by and attacked by an aggressive off leash dog. As noted, in my blog post, the spray shield is only effective on mild to medium aggressive dogs.

  4. Debbie says:

    I’ve unfortunately used this SEVERAL times thanks to the large number of idiots in my neighborhood who let their dogs run loose. I have a 65# lab/hound mix who is well adjusted and a 65# Shepard who is terrified of other dogs and goes nuts whenever another dog gets near. He’s been physically attacked twice and I’ve lost track of the close calls since rescuing him from animal control November 2011. I live in a townhome without a yard so I do my best to walk them several miles a day. I used to put my lab in the car every morning & walk him in the forest preserve to avoid this problem. I’d love to start taking them there again but every time the shepard starts getting better some dog comes after him & we are back to square one! It happens about once a week.

  5. Debbie says:

    Oops, I hit send before I finished my review.
    Spray Shield works great I absolutely do not leave the house with my dogs without it! I just wish I could find it with the clip as shown in all the ads.

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