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Evading crazy mutts...(23 posts)

Evading crazy mutts...willride4ever
Jan 14, 2003 1:20 PM
Bicycling mag recommends outsprinting the mangy mutts but if you're too out of shape or just too tired to outrun the mutt, put lemon juice in your bottle & spray it in the muts' eyes. I'm thinking either strong vinegar or ammonia will do nicely, what do you guys think? You could also carry one of those plastic toy guns that squirt water and put the concoction within.

:-)
sprint and yellDougSloan
Jan 14, 2003 1:24 PM
I just sprint and/or yell (sometimes obscenities loud enough to be heard a half mile).

While various methods might be useful, I fear that bubba sees me blind his dog/friend and comes to run me down in the old 4x4. Not good.

Doug
Happiness is a warm gun. (nm)onespeed
Jan 14, 2003 1:29 PM
Squirt sports drink in their eyes. It works & dogs HATE it! -nmTig
Jan 14, 2003 1:33 PM
Also works on irate SUV drivers [nm]speedisgood
Jan 14, 2003 9:35 PM
The dogs that chased me were too fastKristin
Jan 15, 2003 8:29 AM
I missed every time and wasted 32 ounces of water in the process. The only thing that the water did for me was to keep the dog from t-boning me so I could sprint.
It doesn't work on steep climbs either (I can't even grab the bottle when working so hard) -nmTig
Jan 15, 2003 12:11 PM
Ride with a sandwichMR_GRUMPY
Jan 14, 2003 1:42 PM
Always ride with someone slower than you. That way they are the sandwich. When you see the dog charging, jump to the opposite side of the road. After your friend catches up to you, you can always say, "Oh, I thought you saw him coming"
re: If Fifi wants a piece of me..jrm
Jan 14, 2003 2:05 PM
Better expect some pepper spray.
I carry pepper spray for the pit bull that chases me(nm)abicirider
Jan 14, 2003 2:18 PM
If you're using the 1.7% spray.....coonass
Jan 14, 2003 4:54 PM
10%, 15% and 17% versions are available....Fido won't chase your bike a second time...
http://www.autoknife.com/pepper.htmcoonass
Jan 14, 2003 4:56 PM
duhhhh.
H2Obsdc
Jan 14, 2003 4:03 PM
I found just spraying plain water works. It freaks the dogs out and they quit chasing you. No need to blind them, and I'd hate to accidentally take a swig of ammonia water. Yuck!
re: Evading crazy mutts...the Phantom
Jan 14, 2003 4:07 PM
Two methods: #1 Shout as load as possible "Get off the couch!" This works well, seen a dog skid to a stop in confusion remembering the last newspaper hit. #2 Silca pump method, play puppy polo! The chuck end makes a great nostral-ectomy tool...
CHARGE!!!!offcamber
Jan 14, 2003 6:27 PM
I've had limited success with water/sport drink method and the puppy polo method. Two years ago I was on a big group ride and watched a guy charge toward a big sheperd that was on its way out to greet us. The dog froze in its tracks. I've been doing it ever since and it works great. The dog is only the aggressor until you show him otherwise. Scare the sh_t out of fido. The bigger the dog, the harder you charge. The only time this dosen't work is if the dog is already behind you, and then you should be ok anyway. Oh yea, it dosen't work if you do a half ass job of acting scary either. Try it.
CHARGE!!!!the other Tim
Jan 15, 2003 12:56 PM
I also use the charge method. I learned it when I was a kid, and it hasn't let me down yet. If the dog is too close behind, I stop and yell at it. They either turn around, or they stop in their tracks and watch as you ride over the horizon.
WHY?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Woof the dog
Jan 15, 2003 12:34 AM
WHY DO YOU WANT TO SPRAY LEMON JUICE, VINEGAR OR AMMONIA?
ARE YOU CRAZY?

YOU DON'T WANT TO MEET ME, BECAUSE I CANNOT BE OUTSPRINTED!

AND I CARRY A BIG BOTTLE OF BUG REPELLANT TO USE AGAINST UGLY WORTHLESS HUMAN TRASH LIKE YOURSELF. I WILL SPRAY IT IN YOUR EYES AND SEE HOW YOU LIKE IT, A-HOLE!

UGH!!!!!!!!

WTF?
WHY?DougSloan
Jan 15, 2003 7:09 AM
WHY?Woof the dog
Jan 16, 2003 1:18 AM
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHH

pure evil!
Ich bin dein hund!Beis in dein bein!+BRING BISCUTS in your pouch128
Jan 15, 2003 5:18 AM
remember also that if you do have to dismount, you might hold the bike between you and the animal.

(Another benefit of the retro frame pump over the co2 crowd, eh?)

Be kind to animals, never spray poison, but do ride faster and yell in a commanding tone, as previously suggested. The dog's just doing his job, and his human might need more correction in this regard than the pup.

Wau Wau!
re: Evading crazy mutts...LLSmith
Jan 15, 2003 8:13 AM
Just ordered some new pepper spray last week. This time I got the 4oz. cannister that shoots up to 12'.I will be adding a small squirt gun if I can find one with longer range.A single dog is generally not going to be a big problem. Dogs in packs are what has caused me problems.In our area animal control says do whatever you think is necessary to protect yourself.It's not much fun in a rural area with only your bike between 2 or 3 hostile dogs.As far as the "dogs just doing what comes naturally" crap.Come back and comment when you have been taken down by a pack of dogs.
Gatorade, Cytomax ... it all works finepmf1
Jan 15, 2003 8:24 AM
As usual ... dumb advice from Bicycling ... do these guys really ride bikes? No need to fill one of your bottles with some undrinkable concoction. Especially in hot weather when you really need two bottles. I have never seen a dog who did not stop dead in his tracks when sprayed with a water bottle. They usually have a hurt and confused look when you do it. I don't think it matters what is in the bottle as long as its wet.

Besides, these types of dogs have a hard life being owned by people who don't care about them and let them wander around in the road. Why add to the abuse -- vinegar or ammonia would really hurt their eyes.
Carry a T-Bone steak with youKristin
Jan 15, 2003 8:32 AM
Works everytime.