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Dogs and you

Old 06-24-10, 02:59 AM
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Dogs and you

Yesterday evening I was riding down a low traffic country road near me. All of the sudden two dogs jump outta the woods (where I assume a house is hidden in) and start chasing me. These dogs were medium sized and I really didn't feel too threatened. However I'm just wondering what I should do (besides ride faster) if I encounter faster and bigger, threatening mutts.

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Old 06-24-10, 03:25 AM
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on the fixie i give them a swift kick or growl at they... on the roadie it's a mission because of the clipless pedals... but i hear a bell works... i dunno...

i watch and read a lot of cesar milan... so i'll beat up a dog if i have to...
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I've used up the water in my bottles on dogs, with widely varying degrees of success.
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Old 06-24-10, 04:08 AM
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^with bleach and fire.
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Saying "stop" loudly and sternly seems to work for me.
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Old 06-24-10, 04:44 AM
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post
Saying "stop" loudly and sternly seems to work for me.
what if it is a foreign dog and english isn't its first language?


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what if it is a foreign dog and english isn't its first language?
If its french it will understand this...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velo-dog

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I just came down a 1600ft mountain decent last Sunday, was still booking it at 30ish+ mph, out in the country and two dogs came charging at me.

One seemed to be on collision course with my rear tire, I was scared near ****less. Nothing happened though, he must have missed or thought better of it. And then I was gone....
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Originally Posted by znomit View Post
If its french it will understand this...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velo-dog


uh oh!

worms everywhere, empty can.
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Generations of domestication have given every dog a solid understanding of a firm, authoritative "NO!" with eye contact.

There are paranoid types in here who insist they need to carry pepper spray and chemicals, but by the time you get that stuff out, you're probably already laying on the asphalt and the dogs are trotting back to their domain, congratulating each other for making the brightly colored human crash his wheel-machine.
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I just use it as sprint work. I have encountered dogs on a downhill like someone said before, and it seems they are smart enough to figure out where you will be when you get to them, so take this wicked short route cutting you off. In that case, I just unclip ready to kick need be, but usually can just shout and ride around them.
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Originally Posted by analog_kid86 View Post
Yesterday evening I was riding down a low traffic country road near me. All of the sudden two dogs jump outta the woods (where I assume a house is hidden in) and start chasing me. These dogs were medium sized and I really didn't feel too threatened. However I'm just wondering what I should do (besides ride faster) if I encounter faster and bigger, threatening mutts.
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Old 06-24-10, 10:12 AM
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I always try the friendly approach first. I act like they're my old buddy. That seems to confuse most dogs, and usually does the trick. I have many dogs on my regular route that I've tried to cultivate friendly relationships with--just in case they get out some day when I'm riding by. "Who's a good dog?" Stuff like that.

Failing that, I use the old "No" trick. That's always worked for me.

The worst dogs, IME, are the little mutts that start nipping at your ankle and won't STFU. I don't bother trying to be friendly with them. I just put the hammer down and drop the little bastids (because I can).
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I always try the friendly approach first. I act like they're my old buddy. That seems to confuse most dogs, and usually does the trick. I have many dogs on my regular route that I've tried to cultivate friendly relationships with--just in case they get out some day when I'm riding by. "Who's a good dog?" Stuff like that.

Failing that, I use the old "No" trick. That's always worked for me.

The worst dogs, IME, are the little mutts that start nipping at your ankle and won't STFU. I don't bother trying to be friendly with them. I just put the hammer down and drop the little bastids (because I can).

Being friendly? cultivating relationships?

Good god, man! I thought smelling the flowers was enough of a distraction. Enjoy your 5 hour 20 mile ride.
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I was chased by two mangy pit bull mixes last Friday and could not hear any tags as they tried to eat my rear wheel. This was not a friendly chase, and my calves felt like juicy chicken drumsticks as they put on the chase. These were not well domesticated dogs - when I first saw them, they were 'loping' like foxes across the street. They were essentially wild animals.

I shopped bear spray and pepper spray, and finally settled on hornet spray. Foamy, no blowback, shoots a long distance. As the title of the thread states, You and Dogs. I always win if it is a choice. I like animals, but when it comes down to it, I'll sleep well at night if I had to temporarily disable a stupid dog. I'd like to disable the owners as well.
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Stop, yell NO, confront them, and put the bike in between you and them.
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I like to bite them back if they bite me. Then whack them with a frame pump for good measure.
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A lot of Census workers carry dog biscuits in case they run into dogs.

Anyone tried this?
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A lot of Census workers carry dog biscuits in case they run into dogs.

Anyone tried this?
My dog is pretty much the friendliest dog I've ever known and loves food to death, and I know she wouldn't stop running/barking after the UPS man if he tossed a bisquit out, therefore I can't imagine trying that on a mean old non domesticated dog in the country.
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I've never had a vicious chase. I've lived with dogs all my life and can read their intent and it is nearly always playful. Dogs love to chase. My poodle actually liked to be chased and run circles around me. A stern yell with eye contact usually works. If not, water bottle. Show them no fear.
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I was tired of the regular encounter with one aggressive dog on one of my climbs (it is tough to outrun them uphill), so I broke down and bought one of these pepper sprays.

https://www.amazon.com/Sabre-Cyclist-...7&sr=8-1-fkmr1

It is small, fits easily into my jersey pocket, is easy to operate, shoots a spray about 15 feet and you will never have to spray a dog more than once. I also have a bigger bear spray cannister for hiking out west. I wish my bike sprayer was a fogger like that but it would then be too big to carry regularly.

I only use it as a last resort if I can't outrun them or if they don't stop with loud yelling. I carry it on every ride though now.
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I usually yell "NO!" very loudly at them. If I have my airhorn, it works pretty well. I've seen people squirt water at them. However I've seen that dogs that aren't bothered by any of these. If you really want a something that works 100% of time get some mace. Or some other kind of chemical.

If it looks like the dog may be able to run into me, I slow down. I don't want a collision. However, they usually just want to chase and not actually bite you.

If you're in a group, try to take the front if you know a dogs coming up, and sprint past everyone. Or get someone between you and the dog.
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I just bring my own dog, a German Shepherd, who helps me take care of the other dogs on the street. Good boy.
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
Being friendly? cultivating relationships?

Good god, man! I thought smelling the flowers was enough of a distraction. Enjoy your 5 hour 20 mile ride.
Well, closer to four if you must know, coasting.

You limeys are all the same--shoot first and ask questions later--unlike us Yanks, who only use violence as the absolute last resort.

Seriously, I think BikingGrad80 pretty much nailed it. The dogs I meet are mostly farm dogs. They want to play, race, act tough, etc.
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Kimber : link : is your friend for Dogs and unwanted road rages....
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I bought it for my wife and have one I just played with / test it works really well so I carry one with me when i ride...
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