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Dog chasing question(11 posts)

Dog chasing questiongirodebirdman
Aug 26, 2001 9:52 PM
How fast do you think a dog can chase you at (excluding the Greyhound and Whippet types, very fast but are probably the nicest dogs on the planet and are not likely to attack)? Reason being is that I was spinning in my 39X15 today, when I saw a large Rottweiler (sp?) standing at the edge of a driveway next to me. It came after me right as I passed, as was about 2 bike lengths behind me for a good ways. Anyway, I just kept spinning my 39X15 (albeit faster) as I noticed it wasn't gaining on me. Basically led it out for 200 meters before it gave up. I have no idea how fast I was traveling, but I would think that a large dog could travel faster than this: if a human (Maurice Greene) can go this fast, I would think a dog could really smoke.
re: Dog chasing questionLLSmith
Aug 27, 2001 1:58 AM
Don't know how fast this dog can go, but I would say that you got real lucky. You might want to call your local animal control. If this dog chased you it might chase someone else or a kid playing. It needs to be contained. I think their jaw pressure is around 3000 psi.
re: Dog chasing questiondavidl
Aug 27, 2001 3:53 AM
The fastest dog on my routes is an Australian Shepherd outside of town that I clocked at 25 mph. He just likes to run and gives up at his property line. That's about the best way to get me going that fast on a level stretch of road, so I guess I owe him a debt for any fitness reward.
Carry doggie treats...dirtbag
Aug 27, 2001 4:32 AM Milkbones or Snausages in an easy to access outside pocket when you ride and toss one to the pooch as you ride by, stops em dead in their tracks every time!
I would not do that...PsyDoc
Aug 27, 2001 6:06 AM
...if I were you. By throwing a treat to the dog as you ride may stop them in their tracks, but the treat reinforces cycling-chasing behavior. Additionally, suppose the other cyclists the dog comes into contact with shoot a stream of water from their water bottle at the dog. The dog will learn to avoid the other cyclists, but to still chase you, because the dog has learned to associate chasing you with food.
re: Dog chasing questionJohn Evans
Aug 27, 2001 4:46 AM
I ask this question a while back and got some good advice. The thing that has worked best for me I initially thought was BS, the water bottle. A pack of three started chasing me a one point of one of my favorite rides so I ask what I should do. To try the bottle I slowed way down and squirted the lead dog and it scared him bad. A few days later I came upon them standing in the middle of the road and I ended up chasing them till they ran into a yard to get away. Later on a new route two labs started after me and I just stopped and I hit the lead one right in the face with some water, I haven?t seen them since. But for the big mean dog you?re dealing with I?d call the cops for sure. Like LLSmith said it?s not just you. If someone is being the irresponsible with a dog that mean it?s going to get somebody hurt.
re: Dog chasing questionJL
Aug 27, 2001 5:37 AM
I'm pretty familiar with these dogs. If he/she really wanted you, he probably could have. Easily these dogs can reach 35 MPH depending on how big. My friends 125lb Rotty is a BIG "baby" most of the time, but I wouldn't piss it off. They like to chase and can easily bring down a deer. So a guy on a bike isn't out of the question. I've seen them on both sides. Two unknown Rotty's attacked my mother's neighbor's child, as the mother held it. Not 5 minutes earlier I had been petting them in my parents yard. One bit the child to the bone. They were put down.

I've only had one dog chase me, an ankle-biter terrier, and I was able to out run it. It may have gotten closer if it didn't have the lead out from the garage to get to me. I think it moved since though, as I haven't seen it again.

Don't take chances with the Rottweiler. The above posters are correct. Contact someone and report the incident. The family should have that dog under some kind of restraint. They can go from nice to nasty very easily. Maybe it's the German in them :)

Happy riding.

Be careful with what you say..."Maybe it's the German in them :)Trollman
Aug 27, 2001 8:16 AM
you were chased by a lawyer? :-)ET
Aug 27, 2001 9:03 AM
Or, as your post title implies, maybe it was a lawyer being chased by you. :-) Either way, I hear he's fast in descents. :-)
who to contact?girodebirdman
Aug 27, 2001 9:13 AM
This was out in the country, so I don't know if animal control laws apply. Who should I contact, the local county sheriff? I ride this route probably once a week, it is the first time I have seen this dog. Who takes care of rural animal control problems?
who to contact?JL
Aug 27, 2001 9:25 AM
Maybe the county animal control. Check the blue section of the phone book. It usually contains all the government agencies. The sheriff may be able to help you contact the right agency too.

Good luck.