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How to handle a dog in hot pursuit.(15 posts)

How to handle a dog in hot pursuit.rezjk
Aug 4, 2003 1:46 AM
Any good suggestion on how to handle being chased by dogs?
re: How to handle a dog in hot pursuit.witcomb
Aug 4, 2003 3:08 AM
Find a nice low gear and put the pedal or is that pedals down. I had this happen to me on my second ride with my new bike. I figured the dog would get bored fast. Well, apparently they are easily amused and I found this out with him about 3 feet off my rear tire. Once I increased the gap, he lost interest fast.
Water botle to the facepitt83
Aug 4, 2003 4:06 AM
That'll stop them kindly. Frame pump if you've got one and the bottle doesn't do the trick. First, accelerate away if you can.
2nd the water bottle.... nmnoveread
Aug 4, 2003 7:24 AM
3rd the water bottle spray right in the mushLive Steam
Aug 4, 2003 7:52 AM
I did this recently and it startled the little guy. He turned tail and ran home. I am not sure how well it will work with a large dog, and don't I care to find out, but I would imagine a similar response from a "reasonable dog". :O)
re: How to handle a dog in hot pursuit.Steve Bailey
Aug 4, 2003 5:06 AM
I recall being a bad boy one time and growing tired of getting chased had one of those little furry insects yapping at my heel, with the owner screaming for the dog "Come Back Fifi, Come Back Fifi". I simply pedaled fast enough for the dog to want to give chase, saying "come on boy, come on boy" as I led him round the corner and up the block. He tired after a bit and I went on my way with a grin.

For the big dogs I carry a frame pump (you do have a frame pump ?, don't you ?).


#1- switch into large chain ring and hammer...MXL02
Aug 4, 2003 5:42 AM
25-30 mph will usually drop the big ones. If that doesn't work, water bottle in the face. This sometimes works but isn't foolproof-the more intense alternative is clorox or ammonia in the waterbottle
i or
pepper spray. These methods are usually effective, but, again, I have been bit using these techniques.

Sometimes out in the country, these farm dogs are really fast and really mean. It may necessitate more drastic measures...I'll let figure out what they are.
ignore themmohair_chair
Aug 4, 2003 6:43 AM
They just want attention. Plus, the smell of your fear will only encourage them. Most just want to have a little fun chasing you and have no idea what to do if they actually catch you. So ignore them. I do, and they always seem to go away.

Alternately, you could get some of this:
Yeah, but then how do you get the dog off your leg. nmKristin
Aug 4, 2003 6:47 AM
hey, weren't you leaving? :) nmmohair_chair
Aug 4, 2003 7:03 AM
Another plus for shaving ;-)nmpitt83
Aug 4, 2003 10:33 AM
With relish and mustard?Kristin
Aug 4, 2003 6:45 AM
I'm gonna start carrying a tranquilizer gun on my rides. The kinder, gentler bullit. ;-)
Sprint faster than your buddy. Don't let Eddy get your shoe. nmDougSloan
Aug 4, 2003 6:49 AM
re: How to handle a dog in hot pursuit.Kvonnah
Aug 4, 2003 12:20 PM
Out run them for the challange or if you can't, water bottle works or if you are like me you slow down or stop without looking at them if they get more aggressive lift your bike over your head (this increasses the appearance of your size) and bark out the word NO. Do NOT try this if you are really scared howeve, it will not work. I grew up around dogs and wolf crosses and am used to dealing with them.
Depending on breed / aggressiveness: water or pepper sprayBergMann
Aug 4, 2003 2:44 PM
If you've got something mean on your tail like dobermans or a rottweiler, either never go back, or get yourself a can of pepper spray. I hit an attack dog that had been repeatedly nipping at my heels _once_ with a good blast of pepper spray full in the face, and I _never_ saw him again.

For dogs generally considered less aggressive, but still big enough to be worrisome (i.e. retrievers, etc.), I tend to let them get within 4-5 feet of me, and then give them a surprise nasal enema with the water bottle. Takes a bit of resolve, but is very effective. I seldom have repeat customers for this procedure.