I agree, this game does get tedious when you walk in a room with 2 people and lo and behold its like that film turner and hooch except hooch doesnt fricking die, i knifed into a dog just now getting blademaster it didnt die.
When people say , listen for the growl, play as a team walk in 2s etc, dont listen , its unpractible so many reasons why this cannot happen, you have to remember alot of players here dishing out advice are bad themselves
I think the dogs are perfect.
True when I call them in they often get insta-killed, but I kill them far more than I go down from them.
People need to get out of the sprinting round a corner attitude, and walk and look. The dogs AI is really bad, you have to walk infront of them to see you. Sprint less- kill more dogs.
A way to keep them alive longer though, is to stay in a building. Mine lasts for ages if I hang round inside.