The only people around here I see carrying sticks are elderly. I was told that holding up something of a little weight helps with their cardio.
I wouldn't trust a stick against some dogs - just a couple of weeks ago we had a pitbull across the street latch onto another neighbor's dog. When I came out they were beating it with a chain trying to get it loose. Finally had to put a screwdriver in it's mouth and pry a little. I don't think it was the prying, but the metal in it's mouth that made it let go. I'd hate to try it while it was holding onto one of my extremities.