I had a bad experience in Southwestern Ontario last year. It seems the locals don't tie up their dogs in rural areas. I was attacked a number of times.
At first I tried to outrun them...not a good idea, then I tried putting my feet up on the crossbar...oops they catch up to you. On one attack three dogs came at me, it was a stand off until they finally left.
I was reading this article:
It seems to advocate carrying pepper spray.
Anyone have any comments?