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Old 07-29-12, 02:18 AM   #1
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Every morning during my ride i pass several houses that have large dogs living in their yards, and every morning they come out to bark at me. Normally that's all they do is bark but recently there is this house that has a large dag who comes out and actually tries to bite me. Now i love dogs, they are great animals and i would hate to hurt one so don't misunderstand me when i say i wouldn't hesitate to kick, hit, run over, or otherwise protect myself from one who meant me bodily harm, but there has to be a better way. I would really hate to injure any animal and i was wondering if there is a humane way to scare it off without having to hurt it.
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Old 07-29-12, 02:45 AM   #2
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if on a regular basis the dog comes out to bite you,,you need to report it i would think or find another route. Dogs are not supposed to be able to run lose. I guess you could carry pepper spray.

Years ago Zefal made a pump that was metal, my freind would make sure he had a metal one,,to hit the dogs with, not too humane. I ride 5 times a week,,I find it very seldom that I come across a dog chasing me and if it happens the dog doesnt usually come very far and only barks at me.

If you take your helmet off and put it between you and the dog , the dog would probably bite the helmet and not you till his owner showed up. If nobody showed up to get the dog, I dont know how long you could fight him off like that.

I would find another route if I were you.
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Old 07-29-12, 05:04 AM   #3
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Do some research on this. Specifically the rates which US-postal workers get bitten versus UPS drivers. Then compare the different ways they deal with dogs.

NLP is the solution. Bring some bacon with you. Toss it at the dog and he'll stop dead in his tracks to eat it. Eventually, he'll have you linked in his brain with pleasure and treats and will come running with glee when you appear.
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Good suggestions so far. Rather than trying to strike the dog in defense or spray it with something that could easily end up on you, try a small air horn (140dB). The dog might get the hint. I've used one successfully. However, trying to fumble for anything, air horn or otherwise, is always a tricky thing when in panic mode. Depending on the dog and the situation, stopping (removing the chase) and keeping the bike between you and the dog may be a better option.
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Old 07-29-12, 07:08 AM   #5
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If it happens again and again, call Animal Control, period. End of story.

What do you think is going to be the result when someone else rides by and gets bitten, swerves into a passing car, etc?

It's not the dog's fault that it acts that way. But it's the owner's responsibility to make sure that their animal isn't a danger to people.
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I don't agree with any of this.

Big dogs trying to bite you are a GIFT from the cycling gods. They are THE best sprint training aid available.
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Not sure where you are posting from but in most places letting your dog run out in the road is against the law. Period. I live in a very rural part of Illinois and actually got in a pissing match with the local deputy over this. The dog is going into a roadway and impeeding the flow of traffic, you are traffic. The dog owner keeps the dog out of the road or gets a ticket. It may be a very rural area but I'm pretty sure there is no place in the U.S. where letting ones dog attack you on public property is legal. Pepper spray is tried and true. However, angering some redneck is not always the smartest thing to do. He gets a ticket, you pepper spray his dog, he kills you with his F-250.
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I don't agree with any of this.

Big dogs trying to bite you are a GIFT from the cycling gods. They are THE best sprint training aid available.
This post wins the thread! Well played!
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Let the dog make you crash. Sic a lawyer on their insurance company. Get a bunch of money. Works for me. We're house hunting right now.
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squirt gun with vinegar...in his furry face.... or stale pepperoni rolls (works for my UPS guy, even tho my dogs don't really want to bite him; they just want to pee on his truck)
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lol all very good suggestions thanks a ton for the replies
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I don't agree with any of this.

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Yep, simply call the cops and say, "I ride by [address] every day at [exact time] and there is a loose dog that runs out off-leash." They will send a cop by at that time and see for themselves, then they will take care of it.

I have done that a few times myself. I apologized to the cops for being a nuisance, but they reminded me that they have animal control just for that reason, and if I didn't have such specific information, they would never know. And a neighbor thanked me as well.
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