Relation of stray dogs with my bike- much advice needed

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Tauseef, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. Tauseef

    Tauseef Member

    So it not a good one.

    Though after a long time, a dog dont know if it was stray or a PET dog, it saw me coming towards, and as i passed by him ( I had prepared my mind that if it follows me i'll race up the bike ) , so as i passed by it turned toward me , barked and followed me slowly, and there i was racing my bike and in less than 5 yards , i hit a bush beside the road, fortunately there was a bump in there and the bike got a lift off ground about 2 feet and i was cleared back to road. and racing forward , away from dog :p

    I do not understadn the psychology of dogs really. I never had one.
    So how do i keep away , or let the dogs remain away. PET dogs and the STREET dogs. ???

  2. bakaneko

    bakaneko Active Member

    Umm, call Cesar Milan. I don't have a dog but I watched a lot of his shows. One point is you don't know if the dog was excited or aggressive. Did it bark? Look like it wanted to kill you? Some dogs are just excited and will bark and run up to you but mean no harm. The way Cesar handles true aggressive cases is with a tennis racket to get space and move into its space and then get a collar on it. Would a loud horn work?
  3. zippinaround

    zippinaround Active Member

    i had a dog before he used to ran after cars and try to bite the tyres , nothing i tried worked to stop him he got knocked down 7 times that i was there anyway and would still chase them eventually it got him killed .

    but i think some dogs just chase wheels because they are spinning so fast they think its an enemy?
  4. Steve Best

    Steve Best Well-Known Member

    I gotta be more PC. Sorry about that.
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  5. FurryOnTheInside

    FurryOnTheInside Well-Known Member

    I seriously can't believe people are suggesting kicking an aggressive dog.
    Just tap the rear brake once. The short sharp skid sound is like a very big cat hissing and it will take the dog by surprise. Timed correctly it will come from slightly behind the dogs head and really make it flinch and stop chasing or at least lose some ground. This is 90% effective even on a slower pedal bike (we have some pretty determined sheep dogs here).
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  6. gary55

    gary55 Well-Known Member

    I love dogs, and think for the most part they are more likable than people. Still every once in a while there is that one just plain mean son of a bitch. If that is your case, and the dog keeps up the aggression a little shot of pepper spray should take the fun out of the chase for him.
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  7. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    dogs will try to intercept you, so my trick is to make it to and past the interception point before they can. just go WFO. one of two things will happen, you'll either beat the dog to the interception, or you'll hit the dog, but since you're accelerating you're stable and you won't go down. trying to stop is guaranteed to cause a collision that injures both you and the dog

    a boot to the nose will stop dogs that are a consistent problem from doing it again.
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  8. Yoni

    Yoni Guest

    Ignore dogs. And I mean completely ignore them. I have been chased by thousands of them. Even while going under pedal power, I completely ignore them. It takes some self confidence. But the will get right up to your heel, growling like they are about to bite-- and they don't. If you kick at them, they will bite back. If you show any fear, or act like prey in any way, it brings out the worst in them. COMPLETELY ignoring them works for me every single time, and I have been chased more than most because of my many cross country trips. Don't look at them; don't make eye contact with them, don't yell out, don't try to flee from them. Just as they seem to be about to bite, they don't. They might lunge and seem to be about to bit several times, but they don't bite.

    The one time I make an exception is on a dark night where there are no street lights. I ride with a light on my helmet. When they give that growl while they are right at my heel, I suddenly turn my head toward them, and they get my helmet light directly in the eyes. It stops them cold, immediately. No further pursuit, ever.

    Completely ignoring them takes nerve. You will be absolutely certain that they are about to bite. But a dog knows that someone who absolutely ignores them, is absolutely unafraid of them. That is a fight that they do not want.

    By the way, I have always told myself that if one ever does bite, I am simply going to stop, calmly get off of my bike, and kill it with my bare hands. The bite won't kill me, but biting me will most certainly kill it. Dogs have a good sense for that sort of thing.
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  9. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    the meaner the dog is the more likely I will stop the bike and give him the meanest face I can while yelling at him.
    I've done it many times and they always back off.
    Other than that I would recommend using a squirt gun that puts out a generous amount of water.
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  10. FurryOnTheInside

    FurryOnTheInside Well-Known Member

    I wasn't objecting to the PCness, btw Steve. If you are in a situation where you have to do things that aren't PC then that's just a situation! I've been in a few myself.
    But I don't recommend getting into a fight you might well lose if you can avoid it by an easy psychological trick.
    The dog's natural predators it evolved with are Leopard, Lynx, Jaguar, Tiger, etc. And an unseen leopard suddenly ambushing the dog would scare the crap out of it.
    I believe the single quick pulse of rear brake, to skid the tyre for a fraction of a second, makes use of the dog's oldest and greatest fear. It works well even if it is nothing to do with that. :)
    Of course if you have one of those silly tricycle brakes then you're f¥¢£€d! :p
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  11. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    A water gun with windex or ammonia.... A dog around here will hate the smell of it and will run away

    Be sure to spray it right in their face, get some practice in if you have too;)
  12. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    Never chased by a dog let alone bit, if I was however that mofo would be finding his face hard up against a smoking hot engine head!

    Come to think of it that might work for a few non-k9 ass holes I know of... Hmm.
  13. Steve Best

    Steve Best Well-Known Member

    Been bit several times and had a course on avoiding it. I really recommend avoiding it.
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  14. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    Oh he'll no that dog would've been a goner
  15. zippinaround

    zippinaround Active Member

    Dogs are strange animals , they can sense things far better than us , if you have any fear the dog will pick it up.

    any time a dog has barked at me (apart from attack dogs) I simply stop call the dog over give him a scratch behind the ear and a pat on the head they will then remember you as the nice guy who gave a scratch , this is good to try if you pass the same dog daily (unless you're a postman)

    if you kick the dog chances are it will try to attack you more viciously next time it sees you .
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  16. KTOKTO

    KTOKTO Active Member

    99% of any dog you encounter is just acting tough and is just trying to get your attention and will like you or will run away if you make a move towards it. Just mount a loud electric or air horn on your handlebars if you're afraid.

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  17. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    A couple years back there was a couple of dogs in my neighborhood at the end of my street (only way out) they would let run free and they would bit at me.

    One day I just stopped, yelled at them, and seen what house they ran to.
    I knocked on the door and asked if the dogs were theirs.

    I informed them of what was going on to me and their dogs, the law regarding roaming dogs, and not so subtly suggested they keep their dogs off the streets or they may not live through another attack.

    Not seen them since ;-}
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  18. KTOKTO

    KTOKTO Active Member

    Passive aggressively threatening your neighbors. Always a good plan of attack.
  19. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    I did always wonder what my neighbors tasted like... I mean dogs! I mean uhhh um the neighbor's dog's treats! Yeah that! Haha?
  20. Nate888

    Nate888 Member

    I'm really good at handling dogs, & I can tell you the first step is, convince yourself that you are too. Seriously, if you act confident & decisive, the dog will see that you're in charge & go w/ it, so first of all, gin up some confidence & get psyched: if you're confident enough, any way you handle it will work

    easiest & most likely will work, same strategy as walking thru a crowded subway & not having everybody get in your way: purposeful stare at where you're going; brisk, fluid movement towards destination. people & dogs, subconsciously get out of your way. will work on a bike too

    if the dog is barking & running up to you, you might need to acknowledge it, so you can then give it instructions. keep it terse. stern but not unfriendly unless the dog gets too close. give verbal commands that are simple & back them up w/ body language. even though dogs presumably don't understand our words, they'll figure it out if you're clear & emphatic. ie. loudly, 'hey dog. stay there. that's fine.' & ride off

    depending on your personal comfort level & how often you plan to pass by the dog, you may want to slow down & establish that you're the alpha & whatnot, or you may want to speed up - maybe just shout HEY! & point at the dogs feet wherever you want it to stop, & speed past

    also keep in mind how dogs play at a dog park: they run & chase each other back & forth. so if you're running away, acting like you're trying to avoid them, they'll chase you on account of that. but if you're going towards them, or even towards some other tangent w/out paying them any attention, it won't trigger that typical chase behaviour. same principle will help you if you're ever trying to catch a dog, but it runs away when you get close. when you make eye contact, look startled & run off. the dog will follow & you can lead it into a cul de sac
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2016
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