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What to do about dogs?

Old 08-20-07, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by AbsoluteZ3RO View Post
Uh, I was talking about big dogs. I can't believe anyone is scared of a minature Schnauzer
A Squirrel will take down a cyclist do you think that the mini Schnauzer won't? I don't care how friendly the dog is-they get in your spokes and you're going down (plus it's a mess).
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In a previous thread, The Cypress mentioned that he waits until the dog is right next to his bike, then he shouts "NO! at the top of his lungs. Says it works every time.

Keep in mind that The Cypress is usually, how the French say, plein de merde.
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Old 08-20-07, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Trevor98 View Post
A Squirrel will take down a cyclist do you think that the mini Schnauzer won't? I don't care how friendly the dog is-they get in your spokes and you're going down (plus it's a mess).
I actually ran over a squirrel the other day. Didn't scare me much but did distrub me quite a bit. Stupid thing crossed back in front of me after it had already dodged left. I never thought about animals getting caught up in spokes. I guess the smaller animals are pretty scary when thought of that way.
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Old 08-20-07, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by drmarthacastro View Post
I think this is the best advice. I do exactly the same thing. Where I live I have to deal with lots of dogs and experience has taught me the exactly same thing: getting OFF the bike and putting it between me and the dog gets rid of them almost instantly.
+1. Different things work with different dogs and I have tried lots (and bitten three times as a result of ineffective strategies). I have found that getting off the bike is the most effective, overall. Also, it is most likely to bring the owner out for a friendly chat. But it is best to do it before the dog reaches your position. A cyclist under braking is an easy target.

Luring them in front of a passing car can be quite effective.
If you can outrun them, staying just ahead to see how far they will follow is entertaining.
Squirting or throwing almost anything (or even just pretending to throw) usually works, as most dogs will instinctively dodge. Not for the super aggressive mutts though.
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Has anyone tried a dog whistle? I've considered buying one but I'm not sure how shocking of a sound it is when the mutt is in chase mode. May be worth a trip to the pet store.
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Small dogs are just as bad as big ones. I have one on my street that is just let out to run loose and he's chased me before on my bike and in my car. A few days ago he came out from behind a bush and ran right in front of me. Needless to say I hit him, and down I went. Luckily I was just barely getting moving and was doing 10-15 mph. I went and talked to the owner who stared blankly at me and only after about 3-5 minutes he asked if I was hurt.

The next day the dog is loose again and chasing a kid down the street on a scooter. So I called animal control and let them know about it. Doesn't seem to of done anything as the dog is still just let loose. Maybe a $50-75 dog at large ticket is in order for the owner.
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Old 09-21-07, 02:24 AM
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Originally Posted by permanentjaun View Post
I found that dogs will chase, but even big dogs are only playing. They may chase and bark up a storm, but they never put the last effort in to attack. The dogs I've encountered that did get close enough to bite I just lean over and bark as low and as loud as I can. I think dog hierarchy depends on your bark a bit. When I bark back they are usually stunned for a couple seconds. It's like they're asking themselves, "woah, what am I dealing with here?" Even the big ones take a step back.

I probably look like a nut barking at dogs at the top of my lungs, but it sure gets me energized.
I do this every time and it works. I give out a couple of loud barks and it makes the dog pause long enough that I am now gone. The look on their faces is pretty funny.
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Old 09-21-07, 03:14 AM
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Can't we all just get along?

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Originally Posted by AbsoluteZ3RO View Post
How many of you have to deal with dogs on your daily rides. I have one that bothers me every morning. It's not to the point where I'm in danger, but I fear that some day I may be attacked. I love dogs, and trust most, but I've seen a few dogs come after me and I've seen other stories of dogs messing with people here.

My father in law suggested pepper spray, or dog treats (obviously different ends of the spectrum), but I thought I'd see what others do. I'd rather not spray a dog with pepper spray, unless the thing is about to take my leg off, then I'd still rather spray the owner for letting it out of their control.
Get an air horn from walmart. Stick it in your back jersey pocket your next ride and blast that thing while its chasing you. BTW can you video tape it for me?
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Squirt them with a watter bottle. Only once did it not work for me.
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Originally Posted by MHR224 View Post
Get an air horn from walmart. Stick it in your back jersey pocket your next ride and blast that thing while its chasing you. BTW can you video tape it for me?
+1 on the air horn. I went to Wally World, bought the smallest air horn they had in the boating section, removed the trumpet looking piece (it pulls out), and carry it in my jersey pocket. Removing the trumpet part raises the pitch a bunch, and EVERY dog I've used it on stops and goes the other direction. It also fits better in your pocket.

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Old 09-21-07, 12:16 PM
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My ex-GF's mom used to spray the dogs with watered down vinegar in a spray bottle when they'd come into the dining room during dinner when they weren't supposed to.
I'd bet that some straight vinegar in a spray bottle would really mess 'em up, and not be as damaging as pepper spray. I've never been messed with by a dog, and if I was, i'd prolly just use my water bottle to squirt them in the face. but if I thought there was a risk of dog's messing with me, i'd bring vinegar.

I also happen to carry a pistol when I cycle, but of course, that's an absolute 100% last resort, and only to be used if the dog is actually attacking me rather than just playing (because let's face it, that's really what dogs are doing most of the time. they like to chase. It's just what they do. They don't mean any harm most of the time.)
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Originally Posted by rugerben View Post
I also happen to carry a pistol when I cycle, but of course, that's an absolute 100% last resort, and only to be used if the dog is actually attacking me rather than just playing (because let's face it, that's really what dogs are doing most of the time. they like to chase. It's just what they do. They don't mean any harm most of the time.)
You carry a gun with you on your bike? Seriously?

Where do you keep it?
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Old 09-21-07, 12:26 PM
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I also happen to carry a pistol when I cycle, but of course, that's an absolute 100% last resort, and only to be used if the dog is actually attacking me rather than just playing (because let's face it, that's really what dogs are doing most of the time. they like to chase. It's just what they do. They don't mean any harm most of the time.)
YOU scare me more than any dog. Thanks for sharing Fred.
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Originally Posted by AbsoluteZ3RO View Post
How many of you have to deal with dogs on your daily rides. I have one that bothers me every morning. It's not to the point where I'm in danger, but I fear that some day I may be attacked. I love dogs, and trust most, but I've seen a few dogs come after me and I've seen other stories of dogs messing with people here.

My father in law suggested pepper spray, or dog treats (obviously different ends of the spectrum), but I thought I'd see what others do. I'd rather not spray a dog with pepper spray, unless the thing is about to take my leg off, then I'd still rather spray the owner for letting it out of their control.
Call this postman. He'll take care of the mutt for you...
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Originally Posted by dcbikeguy View Post
YOU scare me more than any dog. Thanks for sharing Fred.
Ya, remote area and a 100 lb dog, well expert you can be a victim if you want, this is the USA after all. I've been attacked and torn up pretty good, never again.



If you see that dog a lot call animal control. People don't care if it bites you or a small child so do the next guy a favor and call the City or County.
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I'm thinking an Air Zound would scare the crap out of a dog. Have one but have never tried it.
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Ya, remote area and a 100 lb dog, well expert you can be a victim if you want, this is the USA after all. I've been attacked and torn up pretty good, never again.
Not sure WTF you're talking about (am I a victim AND an expert?) , but it must be terrible to carry around all that fear. You have my sympathies.

Here, this will probably be to your liking...

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I carry a gun sometimes while riding too, when riding in an area where I've had dog problems before. I carry it right in the jersey pocket, only because I've been victimized by a dog before. I haven't had to blast one yet, but I'll be laughing if I do.
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Again, pepper spray or oven cleaner.
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1) Talk to the dog's owner
2) Squirt the dog with your water bottle if it gets too close
3) Threaten to sue dog's owner or call animal control
4) Carry pepper spray or a frame pump
5) Sue dog's owner or call animal control

The only reason I don't advocate dog treats is that it may train the dog that it's good behavior to chase you (and other cyclists) and it will keep doing it hoping for another treat.
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'Sue the dog's owner'?

Another real world, practical, useable, common sense piece of BF advice. Hire a top attorney like this one (but get a living lawyer, this one's dead):

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Well yeah, you only sue the owner if you get mauled. If it's still just a threat or a danger, call animal control.
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Just pepper spray the mutt in the face. Is there any problem with that? I don't understand the apprehension to cause the dog a little temporary pain in order to teach it the very valuable lesson not to chase bicyclists.
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Just pepper spray the mutt in the face. Is there any problem with that? I don't understand the apprehension to cause the dog a little temporary pain in order to teach it the very valuable lesson not to chase bicyclists.
One reason could be that pepper spraying a dog that just wanted to play can later cause it to have a vengeance and actually attack cyclists instead of just chase them. Dogs have personalities, so there is no single universal solution.
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