Relative newbie here.
I have some routes I can usefully bike a lot, on which the only dogs are behind fences, at least so far, or, so old that they probably can't catch their own tails. Nonetheless dogs represent a difficulty for the cyclist. As I become more adventuresome, I daresay I will encounter some.
What percentage of the time does a friendly cheerful "Hi doggy" kind of thing work?
What percentage of the time do you find it necessary to dismount, put the bike between you and doggy, say "GO HOME", etc.?
Have you ever tried contacting animal control? Leash laws are pretty straightforward. Once out walking I was surrounded by two or three of some family's beloved pets. A quick call to animal control, and I never saw dogs there again. Heard them, for a while, but never saw.
Thanks for any feedback. I hope this topic hasn't been discussed 1x10 ^ 500 times already.