I just read this firsthand account of a dog attack over at CGOB,
It seems as though cyclotouring could include better, more effective, more foolproof techniques or tools for dog attack prevention. Many people are a bit lax about it, and many of the approaches seem to be less than watertight.
Words like "deterrent" and "dog deterrents" are often used. These words can or tend to carry a subtle implication of partial effectiveness -- as in deterring theft, rather than completely obviating it. This sort of partial effectiveness is opposed to, or quite different from, full, watertight effectiveness.
What are some of the more effective means you have tried or seen or can think of?
While I admire the way Emma handled her attack and its aftermath, I can't help wondering if there aren't some lessons to be learned here about more effective prevention.