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Old 10-03-07, 04:36 AM   #1
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Dogs?

Whats the best way to keep them at bay?
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Old 10-03-07, 08:16 AM   #2
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In the winter, or in general?
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Old 10-03-07, 04:41 PM   #4
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Old 10-05-07, 02:33 PM   #5
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I think im gonna do a paintball gun for a while and see how that works out!!Might start a whole new sport!
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I think a can of Bear pepper spray would work nicely. It shoots further than the standard pepper spray as it is meant to hit Bears at twenty to thirty feet distance.

Paint ball gun sounds very fun though. How about a paintballs filled with pepper spray stuff? Wonder if these are available.

Found a link so these things do exist.

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/I...radeId=4654201
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I use to pull off my pump on my road bike and the dogs would always stop before I ever got a much needed strike.

Funny timming had one try and get me today on my mtn bike. Seen he had caught up to my left ankle so I stopped quick and jumped off (no free bites). He jumped back a few yards and took a stance so I without thinking chucked the bike at him (no damage, soft trail). He retreated to his owner who was standing there with his leash then turned and had another go at me. Before he got 3 ft I was coming at him full speed arms raised and yelling. If he kept coming he was mine. I was willing to take a few bites to get my hands and elbows on him. He knew better and ran to leash which was heading the other way as well. She agreed spot was going to meet his match today. Passed them two more times on the trail he didn't even bark.
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cary a raw cut of meat with you and toss it in their general direction when they start to give chase.
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cary a raw cut of meat with you and toss it in their general direction when they start to give chase.
If there is gonna be any raw meet out there its gonna be the damn dog when i get done with him!
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I think a can of Bear pepper spray would work nicely. It shoots further than the standard pepper spray as it is meant to hit Bears at twenty to thirty feet distance.

Paint ball gun sounds very fun though. How about a paintballs filled with pepper spray stuff? Wonder if these are available.

Found a link so these things do exist.

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/I...radeId=4654201
Iwas told this week that they are not legal here in the states except for police etc,there feet per sec, is 400 which is very high and could hurt you very bad.
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Old 10-13-07, 10:44 PM   #11
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180 grains of jacketed hollow point traveling in excess of 800 fps. Mangy friggin curs....
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Taged one yesturday, he came running out in the road showing nothing but teeth! One shot from the bottle of amonia&water sent him running for the house!I dont like to use it, but i dont like to break my bones either!
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Most dogs don't like water... I usually give them a spray from the water bottle.... and then sprint like hell....
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In the winter? Gather up the neighrborhood strays with treats, then harness them to your bike and mush home.
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Old 10-31-07, 06:29 PM   #15
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Ride right at it!Try and run it over(it will get out of the way).The dog is expecting a chase(they love to chase things)so when you chase it,it totally changes the game.9 times out of 10 the dog will screw off.For that 1 out of 10 that's where your bike is your friend.Keep the bike between you and the dog,pick it up to make it look more menacing.The dog can't even get close enough to bite you.So far so good,anyway.

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Old 10-31-07, 09:21 PM   #16
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Man paintball guns sound fun! There are these 2 dogs toward the end of my commute that I love to mess with. They are old fat and slow ao I cruise by making direct eye contact and its so funny how they react
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285 spake. . .

>>> the bottle of amonia&water

Ahh, the Ultimate Non-Lethal Canid Intimidator!! A dog that gets a face full of ammonia has a choice to make. . .he can either continue the chase or breathe. . .doing both simultaneously is not gonna' happen. See, it gets then right upside their Maslow's Heirarchy stack. It's a life-long lesson for them, too. The downside as with all 'liquid-based' deterrents is that it takes some manual manipulation so an ambush is a problem. . .but repeat offenders can be cured for good and all 'cause you can lock-and-load on the roll-up and get them in the gunsights at leisure.

Oh, and watch for owners. . .there's a reason that d@mn dog is chasing.
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In the old days a "dogwhip" was standard equipment. Also I red that bikes was used in the "boer war" (south Africa). The British did this instead of bringing horses becouse of the Tze Tze flie. The Boers responded by getting hold of dogs and released them to attac the bikeriders. The response to this was dogwhips.. Also in those days they eksperimented with putting brackets on the bike for fastening guns to shoot while riding. Did not last long..
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Hit him in the face with a snowball.
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When a dog is chasing you take a water bottle and squirt him. Ive never seen this fail
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I have seen a fair number of mean dogs in my life but my neighbour who is generally a nice guy has a couple of mean ones. These boys love to chase me especially going up the hill to my house, being on five acre lots the pair makes my last 200-300 yards home fast and furious one especially unwelcomed in the dark. It seems like every time I have the spray out they stay away but one of these times I hope to connect in a peppery kind of way. These dogs seem smarter than me as they attack from the rear which makes spraying a tough thing to do, going up hill, on the ice with a can of spray but I have a long time to practice I hope, and these dogs will die before me god willing.....
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Have offered my hard won solutions to dog problems over in the commute forum more than once, but I'll offer them here again. I use a 4 tier approach and try to guage each dog as to the level of seriousness and danger. I've been surrounded more than once, but once while w/my wife which promted a 'victim no more' attitude. So, after contacting all the county animal control offices in the 5 counties in which I ride most of the time I was told that once the dog reaches the pavement you can do ANYTHING to render ANY perceived threat impotent.

1) Air horn-medium size in a cell phone holder zip tied to the steering tube.
2) Direct Stop-clipped to the cell phone holder where the airhorn is kept.
3) Crosman C11 CO2 bb pistol-tucked in the band of my cycling shorts/tights/pants,etc. I've had 3 occasions to use it and will say at 420 ft per sec it's VERY, VERY effective. It stings. I've never had a repeat chase by any of the 3 dogs hit and I ride by them almost every day. They start to chase, recognize me and think the better of it. These pistols are very accurate from 0-25 ft and will fire a round every second. Highly recommend getting one if you've got problem dogs w/irresponsible owners. Only 15 ounces.
4)Small Buck knife-looks like a Bowie knife only smaller.

Don't know what your particular situation is, but dogs are a serious cycling hazzard and need to be dealt with from a position of strength and not of being a victim.

Don't mean for this to sound like vigilantism, but the suggestions of tossing meat or biscuits, etc. is rewarding a misbehaving animal. It's a stupid practice that does nothing to stop the behavior. We're entitled to ride the rural roads unmolested and while contacting animal control and reporting an offending dog does work only a good non-lethal weapon will dissuade aggressive behavior 'in the moment'.

BTW, I've got 3 dogs all safely contained inside an invisible fence.
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>>> dogs are a serious cycling hazzard


Amen that!! We all know folks who will swerve to miss the d@mn dog and bag a cyclist instead. As with a lot of things of late, we've gone collectively insane about the pet thing.
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