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Old 07-30-09, 06:12 PM
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Dog vs Man?

I'd appreciate any tips that you have for dogs that chase you? I enjoy riding the rural country roads but the junk yard dogs get tiring after a while (although they help with the mph!)
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Old 07-30-09, 06:17 PM
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I've read several posts on the topic. Yelling, spraying pepper spray, spraying water, stopping.

I notice when I walk my dogs, they'll meet a walking person, and pay them no mind. But somebody jogs past, and they just instinctively want to go after them. I don't know that riding faster helps, riding slower may be better. If I see them headed for me, I'll holler at them in a friendly-like way, and then tell them to go home. Basically, I'm trying to help them figure out I'm just a person, not some alien borg-thing with wheels. Seems to work, at least on the dogs I've ridden by.
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Old 07-31-09, 01:55 AM
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Depends on what they do exactly; many just run along and bark for a bit.
If they start snapping at me, I carry a 3-foot long whip to bust them over the head with.

I don't normally offer to teach strangers' dogs manners, but occasionally I'm willing to make an exception.

I've come to the conclusion that I see no reason to get bit just to prove to someone that their dog shouldn't be left running loose.
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Old 07-31-09, 04:54 AM
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I once read the suggestion here on BF that you give them a forceful or commanding "No!".
I practiced it a bit on two dogs who I pass daily who are enclosed in a fence, but always acted as though they wanted to come after me. The results seemed promising.

Then the other night I finally got my chance with a loose dog who's been gunning for me for some time. It did the trick; he went from attack mode to skulking away in a split second.

It might not work for all dogs, but it clearly can reduce dog danger a lot.
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Old 07-31-09, 07:32 AM
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While out in the country last Sunday I had a dog chase me. I was cruising at 20 mph and he pulled along side me and was barking. I kicked it up to 25 and he followed suit. I then sprinted up to 30 and he was still hanging with me so I leaned my front tire towards him and yelled "GET" and that halted the chase. I think to be fully prepared for a dog that is attacking you would have to have pepper spray or a weapon in hand because dogs seem to come out of nowhere when they start chasing you. Yelling at the dog or motioning towards them has worked for me.
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Old 07-31-09, 08:07 AM
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I bark, show teeth and growl the nastiest growl that you've ever heard. Seriously. I did it so loud and so nasty once that I was hoarse for better than 20 minutes. So far, so good though. My guess is that it confuses the dogs. They don't know what to make of something so tall on 2 legs that looks like their owner (or other people in the case of strays), but sounds sort of like themselves.
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Old 08-01-09, 08:30 AM
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My friend who rides in the country a lot bought a SERIOUS crowd control pepper spray canister from some web site that sells law enforcement supplies. It fits his second water bottle holder. He says the next time he goes past the same house they just look at him from the yard.

Only problem he reported is if the wind carries mist towards his face.

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Old 08-01-09, 08:46 AM
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Just make sure you can ride faster than the dog can run and you won't have a problem.
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I carried a sling shot and pepper spray when I lived in my old neighbourhood, I was nearly attacked by these boxer dogs that were loose, twice. Scared the crap out of me. I called the SPCA on them, too.
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Old 08-01-09, 11:03 AM
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Two people in my group this morning were carrying very loud whistles. We were chased by two different dogs and they both stopped in their tracks at the sound of the piercing whistles. Very effective.
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Old 08-03-09, 02:34 PM
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I too am worried about this as I see many stray dogs around my neighborhood and surrounding areas. I like the stop and give a commanding no idea if it is just one or two dogs.

Not sure what to do with a pack of wild dogs though. I was going down a two lane street with bike lanes on each side and a median. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a wild pack of family dogs on the other side of the street. Thankfully they didn't notice me, because there was at least 10 of them all rots, pit bulls and what not. I don't think any manner of yelling would have stopped them if they saw me. So I'm not sure what I'm going to do if I encounter them again.
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Old 08-03-09, 03:07 PM
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If they are ahead of me, I turn directly toward them and yell "NO! BACK OFF!" (in a gutteral, growly, threatening voice). I've never had one keep coming.

If they are coming from the side, I stop and yell the same thing. Only once did this not immediately stop the oncoming threat. That one time, it was two dogs and I dismounted, (keeping the bike between me and the pooches) and ran toward them while yell/growling at them. They did turn around and go back into their yard.
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Old 08-03-09, 03:48 PM
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I had a dream my BF and I were crossing a grassy field near a dumpy house, there was a large dog loose, I said "Hi Dog" and he came running at us, I said "that was a good idea..." and then I was yelling at the dog NO! Go Home! etc. It seemed to work, lol.
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Old 08-03-09, 04:02 PM
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I plan on getting a tandem and teaching my beta dog to be my stoker. Then get a kiddie trailer for the alpha dog. Once over a course that way and I don't expect problems.
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