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Old 10-22-06, 05:17 PM
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Had a Dog Chase Me for the First Time

Near the end of my ride today I had a dog chase me. While I was going past a farm I heard kids yelling out in the yard, next thing I notice this small dog running along side me and barking his head off. I didn't want to kick him, or get the frame pump off and start swinging. The kids where chasing now and I didn't want to make a scene. I was going 15 mph and dog was keeeping pace pretty good. I just kept pedaling and watching him, he was medium size, some kind of terrier. I was just about to either turn around and hope he would follow me back to his place where the kids could catch him, or I was going lay 400 watts on him and drop him like a first time climber, when a car caught up to us and he turned his attention to the car and I pedaled off.
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I've been in that situation before. People who don't discipline their animals deserve to run after them as far as I'm concerned.

The only time I've felt bad about harming and animal was when I ran over this cat that darted under my front wheel. Felt like a speedbump. Anyway, it got up and ran away so I hope it is fine. It happens with groundhogs every so often too.
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Old 10-22-06, 06:36 PM
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I was concerned about running over the dog, he was darting from side to side. Once I thought he might try and go between my wheels. Haven't run over any other critters out there and I'm glad today wasn't my first.
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Originally Posted by deanp
or I was going lay 400 watts on him and drop him like a first time climber
I am quickly learning, dialing it up to 400W is never a wrong answer.
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Old 10-22-06, 07:13 PM
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Agreed, it would really help if I was even capable of doing it!!!!
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Originally Posted by deanp
I was going lay 400 watts on him and drop him like a first time climber
Not a chance if it was any kind of a healthy animal. Not trying to downgrade your ability either. Dogs are amazingly fast in sprints and can change direction instantly. I'm sure you could beat a dog in an endurance contest but that aint what he was trying to do to you.

Several years ago a Shephard came after me on the right side of the road. I kept an eye on him and then he disappeared. Actually, he switched sides an clamped on my left calf. I had black and blue marks the shape of the dogs mouth on my calf plus some nice puncture wounds. I was blown away how fast that dog changed directions and out flanked me. He was fast and smart. Good luck

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Old 10-24-06, 11:08 AM
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did you check for rabies?
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If it is a dog of any size and good condition, the odds are strongly in favor of the dog. Dog's are very fast over short distances. I've outran many dogs on my road bike but that is usually because you start with the advantage. You usually have some form of distance and/or angle on them before they give chase.

But if you were to be running side by side, most dogs will smoke you. There is a HUGE sheep dog out in the country where i ride my mountain bikes almost every morning. His is penned up with several hundred sheep which he watches over. (probably a good thing cuz I am a bit of a romantic. )

Anyway, since he is penned he always runs directly parallel to me. I've never ONCE outrun him when we started evenly. And this dog appears to be huge and slow until he starts to run. He can easily top 20 mph and keep it there for the length of his pen which is probably around 400 yards or so.

I get chased by dogs all the time. I used to be more uptight until we got our own dog this past summer. Getting a dog, helped me to realize how playful most dogs are. So generally i just squirt them with water or yell at them to go home. I know a few of the dogs i see by name because i have heard their owner's screaming at them.

I still carry a can of HALTS in my trunk bag for the critter that won't be deterred.
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Old 10-24-06, 11:45 AM
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I doubt I could have dropped the dog, I'm not that capable. I was a making a joking reference to a guy who posts in the road section, and that is one of his favorite phrases. I rarely get a chance to use it.
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Old 10-24-06, 11:54 AM
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But if you were to be running side by side, most dogs will smoke you.
Absolutely! They can literally run circles around you if they want. The only thing that has saved me is the fact that they have no endurance.
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If the dog is barking, he's usually not going to bite. It's those quiet, determined ones you've got to be wary of. If I see them coming towards me, I'll swing towards them real quick, it usually stops them and then you're off ahead of them. I've paced Labradors at 18mph and a weimaraner at 20mph for a good ways; many of the dogs that have chased me were just out for a fun run.
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I heard a dog come after me on my commute in this morning. I could hear his paw strikes and dog tags clinking. I started dialing it up to 400W and listened but didn't hear him getting any closer. About that same time he framed up behind me in my mirror. He was a dog that was about the size of a donut, more on an escape from his owner than on an assault of me. He followed me to the end of the block.
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I paced a squirrel at 14 mph.
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For most dogs, chasing a cyclist is just a game for them, but there are some that are out for blood.

I have found that a well aimed shot of water from my water bottle will stop any dog. I can usually hit them in the eyes at around 20 feet and never even have to break my stride.
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These days we have very few dogs running loose around here, which is a good thing. Loose dogs are not tolerated like they once were.

When I was younger and faster there were dogs loose on most of my rides, some of them known to be mean but most were harmless. I was able to smoke some of them on a good downhill, but never on the flat and certainly never uphill.

I got to know some of them and it was fun to race with the ones I wasn't afraid of. There was one that I avoided like the plague. Both the owner and the dog were mean as a rattlesnake. He would turn the dog loose to chase bicyclists. The dog would hide and ambush if he was out and heard a bike coming. The dog died years ago and if there is any justice in the world the owner is dead too.

I kind of miss racing with dogs except when I think about that one mean SOB.
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When confronted, most dogs are fake, that's why they call them dogs. I stop, get off the bike and attack the dog. I once chased the neighgorhood loudmouth mutt for about 2 miles. He was yelping all the way. He never did find his way home. Problem solved! bk

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