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post #16 of 29

Re: How to keep dogs from attacking/chasing after you.

as posted above my "mace" is pepper spray with CS/tear gas it'll work fine.
post #17 of 29

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well in most cases attack is the best defence... since in general we are (in combo with a bike) a lot bigger than a dog... and they are not attacking because of food, so they won't be too persistant... howewer the problem is when there is a pack, then roaring as a beast, kicking some noses with biking shose and waving around with a bike works as charm... the only problem is humans see you doing that... they will also be terrified
post #18 of 29

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Yesterday I went for a long ride along the Danube and got to test a couple of theories. Upon being chased by a nasty yappy dog near a farmhouse I tried:

1) Filling my mouth with water from the bottle and spraying it: the dog was a bit taken aback at first and slowed slightly and then continued chasing me. When I tried it again it ignored my tactic!

2) When I got sick of the dog I tried simply stopping and turning threateningly at the dog and making agressive noises (in Serbia people normally make a sound like "MRSSHHH!" - animals seem to universally recognise it!) - that did the trick, the dog turned tail and ran!

May not work every time, but did not require the use of firearms! By the way, I had several other brushes with dogs, but outran them in each case, he he!
post #19 of 29

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I got chased by two German shepards once, I usualy just stare dogs down but these dogs came at me and one nipped my leg so I stopped and swung my bike at them to scare them and off when that didnt work, I kicked them. several cars stopped and were honking at the dogs and saw what happened, when the owner of the dogs became Irate with me, I told him to keep his dogs in his yard, or I'd skin them. several cars had stopped top watch as I started to cross the four lane road after his dogs, who were barking at me from the median island all the while this man cussing at me for kicking his dogs. A motorcycle cop pulled up and several of the car drivers told him what happened, and he (the cop) told me to go on my way and he gave the man a ticket/fine for the loose dogs.

I also am an animal lover but, will protect myself with violence, if the need to arrises. I own seven cats, an American Pitbull Terrier, a Chow chow/German shepard mix, and a south american ball python.
post #20 of 29

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I've been fortunate, with only a few encounters with dogs. I most cases, I've simply stopped pedalling and said in a firm, deep voice "No!" The dogs have always retreated after that. However, I'm sure, each dog most be treated individually with measures fitted to its temperment and nurture.
post #21 of 29

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- I try to see the dog-owner to make sure he knows what his dog is up to.

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post #22 of 29

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Outrunning ain't the best way. That way you only keep them more curious. Try to shout at them! And that's how I've scared away even some stubby bulldogs. Or if you see a smaller one, yeah- ram it! And sometimes the best way is just gettin off your bike and keeping it between you and the wow-wow. And have a talk with it he'll lose his bloody interest.

nonetheless I hate the dogs
post #23 of 29

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keep a golf club (preferebly old heavy iron) attatched to your frame, swing it at the dogs, hit dogs, and they will not bother you again...unless they are trained fighting dogs, then ya gotta pull out the .45

i normally kick at them, once they notice your willing to attack to, they may keep running after you but they wont be too close to your path riding along at 20 mph on my roadie, most dogs can only keep up for maybe 30 feet on pavement, and their paws probably start to hurt more than its worth for them!
post #24 of 29

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Originally Posted by lil bunnyFooFoo
Other than either Halt or just outrunning them, what is a good method to keep dogs away?
I've not been cycling very long but came up with a beauty way of getting my own back on 1 particular dog that always chases me. Personally I'm a little bit nervous around dogs that I don't know. This particular brute sits waiting for me I swear every saturday morning but the route I do is too good to let a dog spoil it for me. So there I was saturday morning and the chase began. Rather than the usual sprint for dear life, I drew the thing out for about a mile and a half, slowing down and speeding up. As it became tired and panted like mad I turned the tables, armed with a referee whistle I turned round and started chasing the dog. The sound of the whistle was filled with my laughter of seeing this poor dog petrified by a madman on a bike with it's tail between its legs. It did the trick, who knows what this saturday will be like. Watch this space...
post #25 of 29

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I realize that I'm a little behind but I started carrying a bear spray cannister in my second water bottle holder . This was prompted by a couple of cougar attacks locally and after staring one down clad in lycra with a large rock in my hand I was cured. Several mtn bikers in the area carry handguns which isn't a very good option IMO. I average two bear encounters per year.
I've never needed the spray except for riding out down a canyon road a homeowner's large growley pet took exception to our presence and began a sprinted angle towards interception. I used the spray to fog the area behind us and watched him run full bore into the cloud and turn tail.
post #26 of 29

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Originally Posted by johngroves
I've not been cycling very long but came up with a beauty way of getting my own back on 1 particular dog that always chases me. Personally I'm a little bit nervous around dogs that I don't know. This particular brute sits waiting for me I swear every saturday morning but the route I do is too good to let a dog spoil it for me. So there I was saturday morning and the chase began. Rather than the usual sprint for dear life, I drew the thing out for about a mile and a half, slowing down and speeding up. As it became tired and panted like mad I turned the tables, armed with a referee whistle I turned round and started chasing the dog. The sound of the whistle was filled with my laughter of seeing this poor dog petrified by a madman on a bike with it's tail between its legs. It did the trick, who knows what this saturday will be like. Watch this space...
I love this solution. I get chased by dogs quite regularly on small country roads up in the north east of Scotland. These are usually Collies, working sheep dogs that probably think they are chasing some strange animal from their land. I usually try to outrun them and when that doesn't work have just turned and bellowed F*** OFF! That always stops them in their tracks, I guess becuase they suddenly realise I am a human.

But I love your method John, turning the dog menace into sport! Gonna get me a whistle!
post #27 of 29

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Pyeo is right ("beyond Halt," per the original question) Bear Spray is it. This site ( http://www.udap.com/sprayholsters.htm ) not only provides Bear Spray (10% OC = 3.3 million Scoville Heat Units), it:
1. Is designed to go 30 feet in a fog which addresses the need of dealing with more than one critter at a time* (also, this way I do not have to aim + I can just ride while firing the fog behind me and it lays down a 'screen' that the doggies with have to really want to eat me in order to get thru);
2. Fits into a Water Bottles cage (go down the page 1/2 way).... I don't use that cage - I use an elastic Walmart $10 belt and I wear the 7.9 oz (Unit # 12) canister .... you will see that it can come with a 'holster.'
BUT, in the early stages of the pursuit of me (and as I am pulling out my Bear Spray), I am starting to scream "BAD DOG - BAD DOG," and then I am pulling out a baggie of small Milk Bone Dog Biscuits.... which I am now scattering behind me like grass seed while fixing my finger on the Bear Spray trigger.
Finally, if all the aforementioneds fail I let the lone wolf pouch or the *whole pack have it, and then I still have enough to protect me from 2 or more feral owners (and, again, because it is a fog it is good against more than one opponent per blast). The spray fires out so hard that you will actually feel a slight kick/btw.
THE DOWN SIDE IS BEING DOWNWIND OF COURSE.
post #28 of 29

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It's happened to me a few times. The most creative way I dealt with one once was when a dog started yapping at me so I stopped. The dog stopped and ran away. Then I started riding again and the dog started to chase me again! I figured he only wanted to chase me. I then rode at a pace where the dog could just about keep up with me and I led the dog off far away from the owner. It was funny, you could hear the owner going "Harry, stop... my dog!". I guess this tought the owner to always keep the dog on a lead. hehe
post #29 of 29

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If you ride you will encounter dogs. I used to just try to outrun them, but that's a damn good way to get hurt. One time I was riding along a country road. It was very quiet. All of a sudden a dog that was running across the yard jumped up and barked and it scared me. I turned the wheel and went into a pothole and the bike crashed. I tore up the rim and couldn't walk for three days. Another time this big dog came running after me. I tried to take off fast and tore up the back derailer. I would suggest you take pepper spray, because you're on the road and minding your own business and a dog comes running, then the dog needs a good shot of pepper spray and he'll know not to do that. In fact it will do him good.
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