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    Why ask me? I'm not a vet.

    Oh, wait...you said "sprayed."

    Never mind.
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    I've only ever had one threatening dog encounter, and it happened so quickly there wasn't any time to pull out some sort of spray, waterbottle, or hand pump. I was riding out in the flat, flat farmland north of Delaware, OH, passed a driveway, and the dog ran out from behind a car parked in the driveway--didn't see it coming at all. I yelled at it, but it collided with my foot, got up, and retreated back to its driveway. Dumb dog.

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    Just this past week I had a person explaining to me that they think it's funny when their dog (jack russell) chases cyclists. I told them that most road riders have a carbon reinforced shoe that is easily capable of breaking their dog's bones. I then told her that I ride past her house on occasion and if she turns the little ankle biter loose on me I'll do my best to crush it although some others would just pepper spray it.

    She didn't seem to think it was quite as funny after that...

    Strangely, a few minutes after that I met one of the big truck drivers that I know I've seen harassing cyclists. This one that tends to hover 3' behind you.. then pass and while still only about 4' in front of you rev his big deisel engine so he lays out a thick cloud of deisel smoke. He was like, "You look really familiar." and I was like "You drive a big truck don't you?" he confirmed it. I told him I ride all the time, he was like "You need to stay on the sidewalk where you belong" and I then explained that it's both illegal in MD and dangerous to ride on the sidewalk because of the chance of killing kids/pedestrians. He said he didn't know that. We then relaxed having a good time watching our kids play together...

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    When It is Raining a lot, the problem never arises, here..

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    at least 10--although a couple of dogs more than once!!!!
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    once or twice with a water bottle, more to get them off the road than to stop them getting in my way .


    I did have a close encounter with a Maltese on the way home last night, Ran out in to the bike path yapping at me. Which of course happened while there was parked cars on the left and heavy traffic on the right . The owner was about 3 steps behind the dog and very apologetic no harm done.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbadwullf View Post
    Just 2 here. I find an odd satisfaction of seeing Rover get a snootful.
    Train harder and outsprint them instead.

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    I live in Australia. Our laws prevent us from protecting ourselves in any way. The legally correct action is to give in and become a victim, accepting whatever serious injuries occur, then battle it out in the courts. The offender will typically get off with a slap on the wrist and the victim very likely affected for life. Oh it's a great system we have here!!!

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 009jim View Post
    I live in Australia. Our laws prevent us from protecting ourselves in any way. The legally correct action is to give in and become a victim, accepting whatever serious injuries occur, then battle it out in the courts. The offender will typically get off with a slap on the wrist and the victim very likely affected for life. Oh it's a great system we have here!!!

    Bitter much ?
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    Dogs only chase me once.....If I think it's big enough to do me bodily harm,I'll make a jacket out of it.
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    Several. But I get no thrill when I do it. I spray them to hopefully break them from chasing bikes. Had a dog on one of my regular routes that would chase me, but didn't seem to threatening. Then one day he crossed traffic to chase me, and was hit and killed by a car. So now I make it my mission to stop their bad habit.
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