Many people carry firearms outside the home as a means of personal protection. However, a highly trained canine can offer advantages over a handgun. First, people using a gun have to be proficient at using it. In a high-stress situation, being ineffective with a firearm is a real possibility for people who are untrained. Also, using deadly force with a firearm can create unwanted and time-consuming legal issues. Conversely, a protection dog can provide non-lethal force. Finally, in some cases, a firearm can be taken and used against you by a perpetrator. A trained canine cannot be taken from you and used against you.