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What is your Most Common/Successful Method of Dealing with Hostile Dogs while Riding?

  • [b][color=navy]I stop, put my bike between me and the dog, and shout "NO!"[/color][/b]

    Votes: 12 11.5%
  • [b][color=red]I use my trusty Zefal frame pump an' club 'em like a baby harp seal. [/color][/b]

    Votes: 9 8.7%
  • [b]I just outsprint 'em... dogs r slow, unless it's a f***ing greyhound or saluki.[/b]

    Votes: 58 55.8%
  • [b][color=green]I mace or air-horn them... am looking into tasers.[/color] [/b]

    Votes: 9 8.7%
  • [b][color=purple]I stop and try to make friends, call me 'The Dog Whisperer.' [/color][/b]

    Votes: 11 10.6%
  • [b][color=blue]Screw the dogs, I'm worried 'bout the wolves & grizzlies where I ride![/color][/b]

    Votes: 5 4.8%
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Just curious. In my last dog encounter, I used the 'out-sprint 'em' method, but the bike I was on had poor weight distro and when I pulled on the bars to start the sprint, the front wheel came up off the ground a few inches.

Had I done an asphalt backflip, I'm sure ol' Fido would've been licking his chops. :eek:

I luv dogs btw, have owned several... but the ones that come after me on the road r not my buds. :(


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What about the "speed up and aim for them" option? I've noticed most chasing dogs are the tiny yip-yap dogs. The larger ones are usually afraid or leave me alone.
I like the Zefal option, they're prolly the only ones tough enough to do that with too! I still need a pump however.
 

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Peanya said:
What about the "speed up and aim for them" option? I've noticed most chasing dogs are the tiny yip-yap dogs. The larger ones are usually afraid or leave me alone.
I like the Zefal option, they're prolly the only ones tough enough to do that with too! I still need a pump however.
The dogs I usually encounter are pursuing me from behind... I haven't met any coming at me from the front yet. But if I did, the "aim for 'em" options sounds promising...


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Just took the poll and chose, "I use my trusty Zefal frame pump an' club 'em like a baby harp seal" only because my favorite choice was not listed, which is to use my Tai Kwon Do style snap-kick to the head. Another thing, I'd never use a frame pump to whack a dog because I might damage the pump and pumps cost money.
 

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Just curious. In my last dog encounter, I used the 'out-sprint 'em' method, but the bike I was on had poor weight distro and when I pulled on the bars to start the sprint, the front wheel came up off the ground a few inches.

Had I done an asphalt backflip, I'm sure ol' Fido would've been licking his chops. :eek:

I luv dogs btw, have owned several... but the ones that come after me on the road r not my buds. :(


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You're making this far too complicated. Almost all will stop if you just yell, "Stay". The rest (unless they are dogs that will attack anybody - bike or not) will stop if you do. - TF
 

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All dogs are capable of biting. I had this dog a few years ago that would bark and chase me for a certain range. If I shouted "No, bad dog!" It would stop. I did this for about 6 months. One day I did not shout at the dog and it bit me on my right calf.

Actaully the problem is with the dogs owner for letting it run loose. If you can find the owner and talk to them it might solve the problem. Otherwise contact animal control. Just about all counties have some type of ordinance regarding lease laws and/or charging people coming off their property.

One of the local roadies got bit late last summer. He ended up with a brand new bike and the dog was put down (history of biting)..

Whenever I hear a dog bark, I try to find out where he/she is. If I get chased I get off my bike and confront the dog. It usually works. Once I got corralled by a young pit bull for about 5 minutes. I ended up getting back on my bike and out sprinted him..

The hit with the frame pump sounds good in theory, but dogs are fast and can come out of nowhere with no barking. It takes about ten seconds.
 

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There are, generally speaking, three kinds of dogs: aggressive, territorial dogs whose intention it is to chase you or bite you and show you who's boss, playful, excitable dogs who think that because you are riding by them, you must want to play a "chase me" game, and dogs who are very laid back and couldn't care less about you.

The first kind of dogs worry me most. Most dogs are somewhat territorial and they will chase you until the edge of the driveway but not actually run after you down the road. They will stop when they see you are leaving. But some dogs are badly trained or just plain mean and they will chase you with malicious intent for quite a long ways. I have never had to deal with a dog like this and I hope I never have to, though on my very first bike ride an aggreessive dog came at me out of nowhere and I nearly wiped out on some gravel. If I ever do encounter such a dog that has chased me beyond what I feel is a reasonable distance (not more than a couple yards, probably) or has forced me off my bike, then I wouldn't hesitate to physically hurt the animal until it backed off, if that was what I deemed was necessary. Usually, yelling at the dog, squirting it with water, or kicking at it will get it to back off. Dogs are pack animals and when a new person comes around, they like to show they are higher in the pack hierarchy than you so you have to show them that you are dominant and won't put up with their BS.

The second kind of dogs can also be problematic because they can be unpredictable. You never know if they will just stand at the edge of their driveway and bark uncontrollably and wag their tail until it nearly falls off or if they will want to run along side you. When I come up on dogs like this, I'll usually just unclip in case I need to get off and just yell at them loudly as I go by. If you yell at a dog, they'll usually realise you don't want to play and they'll think they did something wrong, tuck their tail between their legs, and sulk away.

However, a couple days ago, my bf and I were out riding when we spied a very excited (I swear he might have even been drunk) Coonhound running in circles in the middle of the road. As he saw us approaching him, he started racing towards us, wagging his tail and barking with glee, wanting to be all friendly and playful. No amount of yelling deterred him. When my bf squirted him with juice, it excited the dog even more. Finally my bf told me to just take off and I sprinted away as fast as my tired legs would carry me. After about a quarter of a mile, I look back and this dog is STILL chasing me, albeit a far distance off and my bf is following the dog. So I continued pedaling like crazy because I knew if I slowed down, he would catch up to me quickly. And I looked back again and my bf had passed the dog, but the dog was still on his wheel. I just couldn't believe how fast that dog could run and how much stamina he had. When a pick-up truck passed from the opposite direction, it distracted the dog from us long enough to get far enough ahead of him that he gave up. In cases like that, I guess there's nothing to do but outrun the dog.

Really, though, how you handle a dog depends on circumstances and what the dog is doing or what you think he is going to do. I usually try yelling at the dog first and if that doesn't work, then I'll think of something else. So I voted for the first option, even though I rarely have to stop and get off my bike.
 

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Ken said:
Just took the poll and chose, "I use my trusty Zefal frame pump an' club 'em like a baby harp seal" only because my favorite choice was not listed, which is to use my Tai Kwon Do style snap-kick to the head. Another thing, I'd never use a frame pump to whack a dog because I might damage the pump and pumps cost money.
+1....I give them a yell first, but once I unclip, I am punting them as soon as they get close....
 

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Peanya said:
I like the Zefal option, they're prolly the only ones tough enough to do that with too!
LOL... I wonder how much of the Zefal's popularity over the years is due to it's profound anti-dog properties?

Ya can't club pit bulls with a mini! Maybe a Pomeranian... :lol:


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The dogs that scare me the most are the big loud barkers, it's the ones that don't make any noise at all until they're on your leg. I've had this happen to me twice, terrifying. That said, the most successful thing I've found to getting a dog to stop in its tracks is giving it a squirt with a water bottle.
 

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Dogs aren't really that bad....Here in Tampa, Florida a lot of us ride at Flatwoods which is a 7 mile paved loop in the country. Tremendous amount of snakes! Rattlers, Water Snakes, Moccasins. None of them really make too much noise and kicking is not advised....
 

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I've been using my wife's method for 20 years--it has only failed once in that time. Whenever a dog starts to chase, look at the dog and in your nicest voice call out, "Here, boy. Here, boy." They almost always walk away. The rest slow down. I gradually increase speed while doing this as a failsafe. Once in rural Kentucky the dog kept coming, I sprinted, and his teetch grazed by ankle.
 

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I'll second DavidsondDukes Method.. I love the confused look on a dogs face as you give it a friendly call to "come on.. come on boy" just enough dog indecision for you to get away. One ear up, one ear down, dog thinks.. "well, I was gonna bite your leg, but if I can come for a run that would probably be way more fun.." at least thats what I think the dog thinks.
I have a special interaction with a dog on every one of my rides, he is an old fella and tied up all the time. Im sure under different circumstances we would be good friends right away. Every time he sees me coming down the road he starts barking and chases like crazy, but is tied up so pulls up short. If he is dozing in the sun I'll make sure he knows Im coming and whistle out to him. Gives the poor old boy some excitment for a few seconds in his lonely day.
The water bottle trick usually works for dogs off the leash.
 
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"Hey, buddy"

I always talk to dogs, every dog I meet in the road. It shows you aren't afraid, aren't going to hurt them, etc. That usually solves the problem.

Always the exception ... like the German shepard that stopped me in the road (he was herding, and he was good at it), then started chewing on my tire! A big and serious dog.

It took some negotiation to get out of that one.
 

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There is a black lab on one of my routes that will never chase another bike. At the time the dog was probably 8 - 10 months old, almost fully grown but still real goofy and awkward. The dog comes running out of it's yard and I yell "SIT". The dog was so startled it turned around, ran back toward the house and ran into a concrete bird feeder. You could hear it's head hit the concrete. That dog just lays on the front porch and watches now.
 

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No options in your poll for:

A shot of water timed to the bark makes it hard for a dog to breathe...
(this is my option if the sprint is gonna be quick enough)
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A shot of pepper spray also well placed.
 
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