Sometimes a bark is more effective than a bite. But keep your teeth sharp.
The saying goes, “His bark is worse than his bite.”
Monaco’s spymaster believed in the bite, not the bark. Most people perceive barking as a bluff. It sends them a warning signal, which defeats the essential element of surprise.
If an enemy can be frightened into submission, go for it. But be creative. Be scary. Be mental. People are frightened of mental.
And keep your teeth sharp; carry a weapon in case you need it.
G. Gordon Liddy recommended that ladies always carry a hatpin or a finely sharpened lead pencil.
I recommend a stun gun, preferably one with over a million volts.