Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Grid Reference, SK
Bikes: I never learned to ride a bike. It is my deepest shame.
I have squirted a few in the snoot with water and they stop. But depending on what bike I am on, I either try to outrun them, or stop and scold them and 'fight back' with words. My friend and I used to strategize about how to deal with the pack of mean-looking off-leash dogs on the Indian Reserve near my home town... on the way in to the reserve we had fresh legs and often slipped by so fast that sometimes some of the dogs didn't even bother to chase, but on the way home after climbing the mountain and exploring many kms of fire-roads and paths through the woods, we had to try something else... My friend trie to charge directly at the dogs once, and slipped on a patch of ice and fell right in front of the biggest, meanest looking one. Turns out the dog was perfectly friendly. Most dogs chase instinctively and wouldn't know what to do if they caught you... nip at your ankles or something... and the fact that most things that they chase - rabbits, cars, bikes - continue running away and this is very rewarding to them.
I don't recommend anyone else do this though - all the dogs that chase everyone else are vicious killers and will rip your throat out if you even slow down. But I am the Beastmaster of Ontario Canada so they don't F with me.
As for running away, on a road bike, most dogs will give up soon after you accelerate as it is obvious they aren't going to catch you, but the soft fat tires on a mountain bike make it harder and they will chase for longer.