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What do YOU do about dogs?(20 posts)

What do YOU do about dogs?WadeO
Mar 28, 2002 4:44 PM
98 of 100 I ride by are good dogs (with bad owners), just guarding the yard and/or wanting to play. Having become a dog owner I treat them differently than I used to. I whistle for them and sweet talk 'em and "Puppy-puppy" them. I laugh pretty hard at the big fat ones that couldn't catch my sister.

Anywho, I've found that just talking to them like you want to play defuses most situations. As well as doesn't rile the owners-who may be watching and over-defensive (yes, they are in the legal wrong-but this is very rural country).

Today I had about 60 encounters and only one was nasty. The bitch was going for my front tire and the dog was going for my bars, while the inbred mutt was behind me somewhere. I was able to ye'll the bitch off, had to resort to spitting water on the dog several times, and he wasn't impressed, but it did get me some room.

I suppose I'll have to resort to bottle cages and a bottle of ammonia.

Some folks I ride with freak out any time a dog approaches the road.

Oh, and yes I do pack heat, but that's only for extreme circumstances.
re: What do YOU do about dogs?merckx56
Mar 28, 2002 5:12 PM
i've found a good squirt of water to the face of the dog will change it's mind. ammonia can blind a dog if mixed too strongly and will make you yawn in technicolor if you drink from the wrong bottle.
there is a positive, getting chased will help you with your sprint though!
Yep. Tom Steels calls them "excellent sprint training." nmElefantino
Mar 28, 2002 8:22 PM
re: What do YOU do about dogs?Wannabe
Mar 29, 2002 7:08 AM
Yes, I do the waterbottle thing too. But you got to let them get close enough so you can "see the whites of their eyes" before you give 'em the squirt! I love the ones that jump sideways at full speed when you spray them! Often a faceplant (by pooch) results!

As I said in a previous post, this is the ONLY thing I have ever been able to teach my local club! :)

Yell something to confuse them like "Get off the couch!"Barnyard
Mar 28, 2002 6:05 PM
I was doing a tour a couple years ago and I yelled "Get off the couch!" at every dog that might have looked threatening. On one occasion an owner (young kid) was trying to quell his dog at about the same time I was yelling "get off the couch". As I was riding away I could hear the young kid saying "What? What did you say?". I might not have confused the dog, but I definately confused it's owner.
Big dog rulesKerry Irons
Mar 28, 2002 6:55 PM
Research has shown that dogs (and most other animals) associate the pitch and volume of the voice with the size of the animal. If you can yell "Go Home!" or "Bad Dog!" loud and low, you can usually distract them long enough to enable your getaway.
growl and go alpha on their axxesmwood
Mar 28, 2002 7:07 PM
We've just completed a dog obedience class for our 7 month old border collie/lab mix. Much of the training is to establish superiority or "alpha" status, relative to the dog. One way is to speak in a low, growly, don't-even-think-of-messing-with-me voice. Your advice makes quite a bit of sense.
My solution...Ahimsa
Mar 28, 2002 7:13 PM
I tend to carry a stray cat or two in my messenger bag. When the doggie approaches, I just toss poor Whiskers out onto the road and continue on my merry way.


know the breed, too.husker
Mar 28, 2002 7:43 PM
This may be way too simplistic but, know your breeds of dogs. Labradors Retrievers and dogs like that, although dangerous under wheels, are fairly harmless, but a German Sheppard, Rottweiler et al, SPRINT LIKE HELL, and YELL.

The only problem that I have with dogs is that I see them at the top of a hill while I'm going very slow, or they are waiting at the bottom of a hill while I'm going fast.
Best one yet; nothing goes to waste (nm)Crankist
Mar 29, 2002 7:26 AM
I'm rollin' on the floor :-) nm.Krypton
Mar 29, 2002 10:39 AM
they just wanna be like us....Spirito di Finocchio
Mar 28, 2002 8:52 PM
Think Blood ...SingleThreaded
Mar 28, 2002 9:23 PM
Probably bad advice for some, but a wise man once told me that dogs sense the aura given off by humans as they approach. How they interpret this aura will effect their response. So now whenever I approach a dog, whether walking or riding, I don't hesitate with the approach but rather try to project that I welcome the encounter and am enjoying the first mouthful of flesh and blood that I have bitten from the animals throat and that I'm going back for the second. It seems to work. The only problem is when you visit a friend that has a dog and the dog approaches and then suddenly wets the floor.
Oh, I forgot to mention...SingleThreaded
Mar 28, 2002 9:30 PM
In case the dog does not have a keen ability to read auras, I always keep the dog to my right side so I can deliver a quick forceful kick to his jaw.
????????????????Woof the dog
Mar 28, 2002 10:56 PM
What you needmickey-mac
Mar 28, 2002 10:58 PM
is a big spray of mace right in the snout and swift kick to the hindquarters, you mongrel!

(just kidding.)
good one!!!Woof the dog
Mar 28, 2002 11:16 PM
but mongrel my dogass


Woof, the pure cycling dog.
I prefer Woof's idea betterSlipstream
Mar 29, 2002 5:45 AM
Of course we need to modify it for cyclists:

You know, Woof, where you outfit every dog with that special collar but we modify it so that a cyclist can push a button on his/her bike and it gives the pooch a big shock!

And, as an added option (for extra cost) you can adjust the amount of shock based upon your mood that day. If you're having a particularly bad day, you can smell the hair burning. What do you think?
Yeah, you heard right! (nm)Crankist
Mar 29, 2002 7:22 AM
Did you see the Korean cookbook, "101 Ways to Wok Your Dog"Slipstream
Mar 29, 2002 3:03 PM
I guess they figured out what to do about dogs a long time ago. Just look hungry and flash a copy of the book when they come near you. That should take care of the problem. And if it doesn't, give a copy to the owner. They'll get the message.