How do you handle aggresive chasing dogs?

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  1. toa

    toa New Member

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    Yeps works fine for me too, using a really deep voice shouting "Nu skrider du fanme, PISKØTER"....would translate to "go home, you F#¤ING MUTT" :D
     


  2. jmurray89

    jmurray89 New Member

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    if its a small dog.....get the dog around your front wheel and into where your chainring is.....you can imagine what happens there. if its a big dog i dont use water in the water bottle.....use gatorade or some other sports drink....it stings more and gives the owner a nice sticky dog to pet.:)
     
  3. James Bruce Gil

    James Bruce Gil New Member

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    JM,

    Sort of like my approach for the small dog, but on one occasion I came off second best riding a fixed wheel. I attempted to kick the the dog into the chain wheel with my right foot only to trap my own toes upside down. I ended up face down on the ground with the dog, my right knee bent fully, unfortunately with bike on top of my back.

    The dog left in a hurry yelping, but I then had to extract my foot as the chain wheel had punctured my big toe nail and my foot was firmly trapped.

    It was not much fun trying to roll a bike over with the tooth of the chain wheel through my toenail believe me. I also lost skin off my hands and arms & a small amount off my right knee. The chain wheel was also buckled beyond repair.

    Moral is for little dogs, run over them but dont try and feed them in. The big dog solution is bark back at them & try and run them into a tree or post.

    Kind regards,
     
  4. Conniebiker

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    On 2 occasions I ran a dog(same dog and car) into his owner's parked car. Ran from one end of the corner to the other with me beside and WAM! made the car sway both times. Almost made me fall off from laughter.
     
  5. James Bruce Gil

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    Connie,

    Great to hear! Did you bark at the dog as you did it? :D

    This a strategy which seems to work to keep the dogs looking upwards and not actually where they are headed. I wouldn't like to guess how many times I have run dogs into trees, poles and road signs using this technique. Never ever tried it with a parked car though.

    With my luck, when I got home, I would find out that it was one of my own family's cars! :eek:

    Kind regards,
     
  6. anderson

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    I normally shout/scream very loudly and have my zefal hpx pump to hand.

    M. Anderson
     
  7. hifi-hospital

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    it honestly felt like a brick wall, and it sent my over the bars, and onto the tarmac, along with about 20other riders! my bike didnt come off to great either :(

    Im pretty cautious around any dog on the road now![/QUOTE]

    I'm sorry to hear about your almost identical experiance to mine. :( It really does feel like hitting a brick wall!! I'm glad my frame is ok. My bike frame that is. :rolleyes: The Proton Ft. Wheel was tacoed. My collarbone is still healing but I'm back on the bike. I did my Saluda Bakery ride this past Saturday, 3-months and one week after the German Shep/Wolf encounter!
    I too am now very caucious about dogs!! :eek:
     
  8. artmichalek

    artmichalek New Member

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    Aggresive dogs aren't too bad. I usually just bark back. Dogs usually get the hint when they see teeth on something bigger than them. It's the playful ones that have always worry me because they keep jumping from side to side in front. I don't really blame the owners though. I used to live in an area with a lot of farms, and it would be silly for people to tie their dogs up because cyclists and pedestrians were rare. I do always hate it when a golden retriever (nice enough dogs, but pretty dumb) comes ripping out onto the road and the owner is standing in the yard yelling something to the effect of "Don't worry, he doesn't bite".
     
  9. musazzii

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    Just Whip Out The Frame Pump! It Also Provides Kicks!
     
  10. Catrike #116

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    I speed up and they eventually quit chasing me.

    I read a post where it stated dogs are territorial and will quit running once you are past their turf. That is probably why they quit chasing you, not that you out ran them.

    Catrike Road #116.
    "Cats just don't feel safe on a moving bicycle, no matter how much duct tape you use"--Author unknown
     
  11. Alida

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    I have a trained German Shepherd and take part in working dog trials with him - to get him trained he had to go to school and be socialised with a whole bunch of other dogs. This is where I learnt the most invaluable lesson about getting an aggressive dog to back down - BE LOUDER THAN HIM.

    On our usual route, there is a dog that is intent on eating at least one of the bunch - except me because I make such a noise when he comes barking and growling at us that it completely steals his thunder and he just gives up.

    Of course, failing the BE LOUDER theory a good sprint usually works!
     
  12. hifi-hospital

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    It's not the dogs that I see that caused my wreck. It's the one that pounced out into the road right in front of my wheel that really hurt! :(
     
  13. gills

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    How did the dog fare? after he got hit buy your front wheel?
     
  14. Olasnah

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    There are a lot of loose dogs in the county where I ride. Can't do much about it. Yes, they belong mostly to rednecks. I try not to ride in those areas much, because of that. I worry mostly about the people and cars in that area though. Most can't drive worth a damn, and most don't care much for cyclists or the law. The conventional thinking is that cyclists have lots of money, and are therefore the enemy. I've gotten some awful stares from people on their front porches, and I've always looked behind me to see if somebody might be about to do something to me while riding. There's always some punk in his mustang with tinted windows that thinks its cool to throw something at a cyclist.
     
  15. supergrill

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    I carry a few small kittens in my back shirt pockets. Tossing one to the chasing dog seems to distract them. :rolleyes:
     
  16. BIGBIKER

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    Some time ago, a friend and I were in my nieghbor hood and were riding when it became a sprint contest. We were going all out down a wide straight road when we began passing a group sitting on their porch with their dog. I will never forget, that dog came running after us and right in front of my buddies front tire. No along side ideas for this one. He ran the dog right over bump,bump. I could not believe it. Good thing we were on mountain bikes at the time. Then here comes this guy, "hey you ran over my dog" what an idiot. Like it was our fault he was not watching his dog or had him on a leash...

    I bet that dog did not chase anything for a while. I believe it was not hurt at all either.
     
  17. hifi-hospital

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    I think that it was ok. It was as big as a Mack Truck :) I was too busy laying on the road in agony to notice. My friends said that a couple of large women "On parole from Ryan's Steakhouse" quietly came up and grapped the dog!! I did talk with a friend who is a vet and he said that a dog like that is solid muscle in the shouder area. They have no collarbone! :rolleyes: Now thats the true irony of the wreck. I shatter my collarbone for $21,000 by hitting an animal that doesn't even have a collarbone.


    Ride safe!
     
  18. dodman

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    I can't believe nobody's mentioned the Dog Dazer. It's a small electronic device that emits an inaudible (to humans) sound that dogs loathe. They generally run away immediately it's activated with their tail dragging between their legs. I use it when jogging and my daughter carried it across South East Asia where dogs came at her from all angles. My son's a part time postman who uses a bike and part of his training involved using a Dog Dazer.
     
  19. Olasnah

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    Where do you get it?
     
  20. dodman

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    http://www.dogdazer.co.uk/

    Do a google search for other countries or to try and get it cheaper. Check the size and weight before you buy. It was bigger and more expensive than I expected; but that said, I wouldn't be without it.
     
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