This is one killstreak reward I totally don't like (when I'm on the receiving end). I've tried knifing them (as the game suggests) but to no avail. The only effective strategy I have is to shoot down the dogs, but even this is not very effective since they run so fast.

Another strategy is to make it to high ground (on the top of containers, ladders, etc), but this usually leaves me exposed to enemy fire.

Does anyone have any good strategy for defending against attack dogs?

  • Just an FYI... the dogs in CoD:BO are super dogs... they can climb ladders :)
    – Torpesh
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 19:22
  • Are you sure? Ive seen a couple of forums and a youtube video saying they can't.... here's the video: youtube.com/watch?v=R5jJZWs2J4E
    – Sid
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 19:42
  • I think you're right. I remembered seeing posts about it, but I think that the person who posted about it was disproved.
    – Torpesh
    Commented Jun 3, 2011 at 16:49

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If you want to take the defensive way, keep in mind, that, dogs are attracted to noise.

So don't make any: Hide in some corner, don't shoot and don't move.

If you prefer to shoot them from the distance, like I do, use a gun with the silencer/suppressor attachment.

Praying they don't get to you is not always the best strategy, of course, so peek around and listen carefully to their barks, and shoot them if they get too close.

Oscar's comment made me curious about the mechanics behind an attack dog's chosen target. So I made a small test with a mate:

We stood almost side by side, I being two steps in front, in the wide area near the spawn point of the map "Launch", and let someone unleash the dogs from the other side of the tracks.
We made sure, in the ones that the dogs emerged from the middle corridor, in which they could see us at the same time, they always preferred me as the meat to bite. In this test suite, neither of us shot a single bullet.

In the second test, we kept the distance to the dogs equal, with him firing his weapon in their general direction. They always chose him.

The third set of tests brought an interesting result. Like in the first test group, I stood forward, with my mate much more distant to my right, a little behind me on the vertical.
He fired shots, I didn't.
The first dog to arrive headed in his direction, the second, as it appeared immediately behind the first one, headed for me. This was the repeatable behaviour, as we switched roles.

This showed us two things:

  1. They decide about their target dynamically and not as they hear a noise, but they head for the noise anyway until they see anything to bite.
  2. They prefer to eliminate targets that have a higher threat level (firing), then ease of access (distance).
  • Hmmm that's interesting and I didn't know that. Would they ignore you even if you're in their line of sight but are quiet?
    – Sid
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 19:08
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    No, line of sight has the top priority
    – DrFish
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 19:09
  • Great answer. It had most of what I was going to say, but I'd also add that you can knife them if you get the timing right. Try to practice the timing because it can be a life-saver when you're reloading or otherwise can't shoot them.
    – Torpesh
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 19:21
  • If you need reloading in the close proximity of a dog, you could just as well call 911 and wait for them to arrive.. In short, don't reload. Just switch to your pistol.
    – DrFish
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 21:04
  • And that said, get away from your teammates - if a doggy finds them, they'll get you as well, silent or not. Commented Jun 3, 2011 at 4:25

You've pretty much already listed the strategies against them. I find backing up and firing at them to be the simplest and most effective way to take them out. Knifing them works fine but only if you can get the timing right and it takes a lot of practice. Just remember, at full health it takes two bites from a dog to kill you but only one swipe with your knife to take one out. So if there's only one of them, be aggressive. Like you said, finding high ground can save you from the dogs but leave you open to enemy fire. Another practice that can be useful is to always try to kill the dogs, especially when they're attacking another teammate. Their AI isn't super intelligent so if they're chasing someone else they're probably going to ignore you even if you're shooting at them. So it's a lot safer to take out dogs that are attacking other people (and it's obviously a boon to your team as well).

  • Damn I was hoping there was some other way. If these are the only defenses available then attack dogs need to be nerfed down imho
    – Sid
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 19:09

2 Options.

1/ The most effective place to be is up a ladder on top of some elevated platform. Dogs can't climb ladders.

Failing that,

2/ Stand in an area where you can lay a mine and also shoot down a corridor. The field of vision you have on FPS is so limited, you only see about 30-45 degree angle of vision. Therefore staying in corners helps.

  • I agree. I usually find myself backing into corners to save myself from dogs but sadly that makes me a sitting duck for players from opposing teams :(
    – Sid
    Commented Jun 3, 2011 at 19:44
  • Yep that is the drawback. Using mines and positioning is everything. Partnering with someone during the "dogs" event increases your options in finding a suitable defensive location.
    – angryITguy
    Commented Jun 5, 2011 at 4:08

Outside of what's already been mentioned, I just wanted to add to the discussion that for me with Scout Pro/Ninja combo, I was able to run right by the dogs without them attacking me. I assume it's the scout pro doing this since choppers and sentry guns don't target you too.

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    I thought Ghost Pro was what made choppers not target you....
    – Sid
    Commented Jul 30, 2011 at 1:19

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