Dog Shot

What does Dog Shot mean?

Striking someone from behind is what ‘Dog Shot’ means

Down Under, if someone says you’ve been ‘Dog Shot’, it means you’ve been hit from the back or caught off guard. It’s similar to what Americans call a ‘sucker punch’. Dog shotting isn’t a well-liked action, being seen as a cowardly move.

There were a couple of high-profile killings in 2013 and 2014 where dog shots, or as they’re known when fatal, king shots, were involved. Because of these events, Australia decided to call out this act for what it truly is – a coward punch.

Following these events, New South Wales took an even stronger stance on this issue. They introduced a law specifically focused on these one-punch attacks. This law sets a minimum sentence of eight years for anyone who throws a deadly dog shot while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

So remember, when in Australia, a dog shot isn’t something you want to be part of, either as the giver or receiver. It’s seen as an act of cowardice and the law takes it very seriously, especially when substances are involved.

Example for using ‘Dog Shot’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see what happened at the party last night?

No, what happened?

Well, this guy came out of nowhere and dog shot someone!

What?! That’s so cowardly! Did they get caught?