While I'm aware that penumbra is not a game where you are encouraged to be aggressive, quite the contrary, I find it very tedious to sit quietly and hide from the various dog-creatures, especially since they aren't too difficult to kill.
What I usually do is toss something heavy at them to knock them off their feet and then repeatedly whack them with the pick-axe until they are dead.
Since I have apparently gone completely insane/impatient and at times try to take on two simultaneously, I was wondering if there is a more efficient way to kill the dogs, preferably instantaneously. Perhaps some sort of elaborate physics based trap? Keep in mind that I have not gone much farther after using the drilling machine to access a new area of the mines and making it through the door which opens remotely from a room guarded by spiders (the one you have to race back to after opening before it closes again automatically). I would really appreciate answers which are spoiler free considering how far I've gotten, or a fair warning if the answer does contain spoilers.