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How to scare off dogs?

Old 07-21-12, 02:46 PM
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How to scare off dogs?

I am so sick of dogs, is it possible to scare one off without harming it? It is the barking that really gets to me.
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Old 07-21-12, 02:49 PM
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Squirt your water bottle at them and growl at them. If that does not work, ride as fast as you can. If you cannot outrun them, get ready to unclip and kick them. If that does not work, well, good luck to you....
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Squirt your water bottle at them. Or throw a Milkbone at them.

Or start telling them your political philosophy.
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Old 07-21-12, 02:59 PM
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Bust a cap in their ass
That should scare them good...
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Booting them in the face is the only answer
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Depends on the dog, some if they are really like an atack dog nothing you do will help.
Most are in it for the sport LOL you are a moving object apearing to be on the run, those just stopping will do the trick if you plan on doing this stop and dismount get your bike between you and the dog and wait till it decides to leave say nothing do nothing just stand your ground.
Others you can just out run, others yes maybe shouting, spraying water may stop them but don't count on it.
If your taking the time to get out your bottle you mostlikely could of started your sprint and out run them.
Determaning what kind of dog is chasing you well thats the hard part.
I've been chased plenty of times so far I haven't found one that I could not out sprint, the ones that I know will not catch up I let get several feet away and talk to them while they are chasing me at some point they just get tired and stop they can only run for so long which isn't that far if they are really running LOL.
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Show them some of your threads.
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Show them some of your threads.
HAYOOO

I like the milk bone idea. It's a dog. They are just wanting to play. Throw them a bone and be on your way.
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Unless its Cujo. Then sprint like your life depends on it!
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I saw some Dog Spray at the bike shop the other day. Guessing its like pepper spray for dogs.
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator View Post
Show them some of your threads.
Spot on, spot on.
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Clap your hands. Also works for squirrels, deer and rabbits.
You think Nick can ride no hands?
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+1 on the water bottle idea. I don't have too much trouble with dogs, but when I do, squirting the water bottle does the trick. You don't even have to aim, just squirt in their general direction. When they hear it hitting the pavement it confuses them and puts them off the chase.
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I, personally, can't find enough dogs to run against any more.

Dogs are THE BEST training partner.
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if you don't carry milk bones, cliff bars work pretty well. .
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Just pedal faster
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I yell. Not high pitched, but almost a bark or a roar. I don't deviate my line and I don't change pace, but I keep eye contact. Loud is key. Humans are big and a cyclist is moving fast. The dog is barking and chasing because he is scared and threatened by you, not because he is hunting or making you its prey. Either that or he wants to play. Act like a predator who isn't threatened and isn't interested in the dog's territory. Just keep moving along at a steady pace. If the dog chases, a big noise will usually make it wheel off.

If the dog is barking behind a fence or on a rope, then I talk to it so it hears my voice.
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Originally Posted by Jfitalia View Post
Just pedal faster
I don't recommend it. https://www.arcane.org/science/the-re...ay-from-stuff/

14.2m/s for a German Shepherd is over 30mph. Unless you are a really good sprinter and on level ground or a downhill, the dog will probably catch you if you give it reason to continue chasing. Especially if the dog has an angle on you.
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There is the hurt-their-ears option: https://www.amazon.com/StreetWise-Ult.../dp/B000KKV7XE

I've never tried it but I read an account here of someone seeing a tandem stoker use one to ward off a dog.
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Throw some milk bones in a back pocket. If no dogs bother you, they make excellent energy bars. Full of nutrients. How do you think that damned dog is able to keep up with your bike in the first place?

So it's a "win win" situation.
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Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff View Post
I yell. Not high pitched, but almost a bark or a roar. I don't deviate my line and I don't change pace, but I keep eye contact. Loud is key. Humans are big and a cyclist is moving fast. The dog is barking and chasing because he is scared and threatened by you, not because he is hunting or making you its prey. Either that or he wants to play. Act like a predator who isn't threatened and isn't interested in the dog's territory. Just keep moving along at a steady pace. If the dog chases, a big noise will usually make it wheel off.

If the dog is barking behind a fence or on a rope, then I talk to it so it hears my voice.
+1

A loud and mean yell should do it. I've never tried the water bottle thing but it sounds like a good idea.
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