Which outfit was this with, out of curiosity? That's good stuff...I really love realistic scenarios!
My wife and I had planned to visit some relatives in western Indiana last weekend. One of those relatives said he wouldn't be home part of the day, because he was putting on a force on force exercise for members of his gun club. It was supposed to be just members of the club. I asked him if I could observe it, even though I wasn't a member. He said he could do better than that, I could participate as his guest. He did ask me to volunteer to play the part of a victim however. Not all the shooters could physically be a convincing victim in this scenario. It involved a lot of moving around, some of it on the ground. For victims it ended up being mostly me and two other people, one of them the range master's grandson. I didn't have to pay anything. I don't think the gun club members did either, other than whatever their dues might've been.
One of the rules for participating was that you had to state you were not armed with a real gun (your CC gun) when it was your turn to shoot the non lethal gun, and be patted down and checked for guns by him (range master) or his female assistant. He didn't want anyone to unintentionally use their CC piece in the heat of the moment. That's not unusual for any previous force on force exercises I've done in other places in the past.
In addition to being a victim, I got to be an unarmed bystander, sometimes getting in the way. In one case the "shooter" successfully hit the dog, but it was at a direction that if it had been real gunshot it might've passed through the dogs head and hit me.
If someone didn't shoot at all, I was supposed to say things like "That dog is killing that kid. You've got a gun. Do something!"
One of the people I yelled at yelled back at me, "Why don't you
do something?" I didn't have anything prepared to say to that, so I just ad libbed, "I can't. I don't have a gun. I'm an anti gunner. I think guns are icky.
The problem was the ranger master laughed a little, and the shooter started laughing, and the kid quit moving around. It cut the exercise short for that guy, but he didn't want to take the shot anyway, and he never tried to move in close before I said that.
Did your participation in the thread referenced help your thinking/performance?
Kind of. I've never had to shoot a dog ever, much less one attacking another person in real life. The last time I had to defend myself against an aggressive dog was decades ago, it was only after me, not attacking someone else, and that was handled with mace. Lately when I go for exercise walks, (by myself) the large dogs in my neighborhood that run out to me, end up walking with
me, not attacking me. Still trying to figure that out why that is.