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How best to handle a dog atack.....(11 posts)

How best to handle a dog atack.....african
Jul 2, 2002 12:45 PM
Had a small dog come at a bunch of us the other day and as I was about to take a drink he got a squirt of water right in the face. I have heard some horror stories though. Care to share your thoughts.
If he went away, you solved your problemjagiger
Jul 2, 2002 3:35 PM
If he keeps coming back then give him a shot of gatorade or something that has a longer lasting effect. You could also talk to the owner & describe the situation. You might explain that it's in his best interest to control his pooch, as he could possible get hit by a car.
Two methodsKerry Irons
Jul 2, 2002 5:49 PM
1. Squirt the dog with the water bottle, just as you did

2. Yell loudly and as low pitch as you can, something like "BAD DOG" or "GO HOME"

Item 2 works because dogs instinctively respond to the volume and pitch of another animal's "voice". The louder and lower pitch the voice is, the bigger the animal must be and so the dog is likely to defer/run away. It usually buys you the time required to ride out of the dog's territory, and it doesn't require any time to "draw, aim, and shoot (squirt)."
I might addrengaracchi
Jul 2, 2002 6:40 PM
that you could totally stop and do the "loud and low voice" trick. I did this several times and worked well every time.

I have a dog, and I noticed that something about bicycles IN MOTION make them all alart and exited. I guess it's how bicycles move and what we ware. If you stop, you become less interesting to them. If someone here is a dog specialist, I would like to hear your opinion about this.

Of course, I trained my dog not to chase bicycles, and it wasn't that difficult ;-).
re: How best to handle a dog atack.....varmit
Jul 3, 2002 4:00 AM
I live in a rural area where there are lots of problem dogs. I have been bitten or knocked down so many times, I now carry a pellet pistol on training rides. If a dog comes into the road 1 or 2 shots usually convince the dog not to bother me again. This is legal and it is not lethal to the dog, but it is another pound of weight to haul around. A side benefit is bike handeling skills drill - riding 20+ mph, draw gun, dodge dog and get off 2 or 3 accurate shots.
great question!!!ohmk1
Jul 3, 2002 5:27 AM
To stop a dog attack isn't that hard as long as:
1.The dog isn't trained to attack (only a bullet will stop it-not pellets).
2. The animal isn't rabid

The water squirt is very effective for most situations, and it could be done while on the bike while riding. Don't panic, just a good squirt will do.
great question!!!varmit
Jul 3, 2002 6:30 AM
The water bottle defense doesn't work well against multiple dogs at the same time. Also I have had to repel four different dogs during the same ride - I can't waste that much water. If a dog is running at me full speed, as to tackle me, a pellet gun gives me a little more effective range. The only reason that I don't carry a real handgun, which is legal in this state, is my concern about a ricochet hitting a person.
so you value your water supply over your life? (nm)ET
Jul 3, 2002 6:59 AM
so you value your water supply over your life? (nm)varmit
Jul 3, 2002 7:29 AM
NO,I am saying that water is not an effective weapon against a dog running directly at you. Water may work if the dog is running next to you. I am talking about a direct attack.
Jul 3, 2002 9:12 AM
re: How best to handle a dog atack.....BryanJL
Jul 3, 2002 7:38 AM
I've had similar experiences.

From my Paperboy days, though, I learned that:

Dogs chase. Therefore, if you run (or bike, etc) away from them, they will tend to chase (obviously only applies to the chasing kinds of dogs).

From this, I learned that I had two choices:

Beat'em in the sprint...but you have to make sure you know your surroundings, though, because if you sprint onto/into a road that dead-ends, or if the dogs knows a shortcut....which leads to...

a. Don't necessarily sprint--think of it as a leadout, where you can control the speed.

b. Be prepared to dismount if possible, and place your bike between you and the dog, or at least by your side. Keep your bike with you, and then turn into a big, bad, growling,bike monster. Say things like "Sit," "Bad dog" "Go home", etc. And seriously mean it!

The last confrontation I had with a dog, I was giving it my best shot, making the mean face, and trying to send it the message that it would not be worth it to mess with me. It must have worked, because the dog chilled out, even though it didn't move away, and I rode away without any further chase.

And finally, pepper spray (and water bottles, and also frame pumps) can be effective. Unless you have mtn bike style shoes, don't risk kicking or moving around too much if your cleats will slip ya.