What do you do when dogs chase you when you ride?
August 13, 2009 9:07pm CST
Usually I ride in town and dogs chasing me is not a big issue. However, recently I rode out through the country and a dog chased me. Normally, they will chase you, but I can get over and then they retreat when they see you are not a threat. This time he didn't back off. He jumped up and grabbed at my shoe! I swerved and almost wrecked. When I got off the bike he ran away. I would like to know the safest way to deal with dogs chasing you when you are riding. Anything work real good without harming the dog? I can't afford a law suit right now!!!
14 Aug 09
Well, what you just did was right. Dogs act on instinct. The more you run, the more it will chase because he thinks you're a bad person (though we know you're not), so when you stopped and got down, he would stop too as he thinks that you're no more a threat. But not all dogs are like that. I think if you ever come across this same situation some day, just stop, and pray it doesn't harm you. You might wanna wear some protective gear on the most vulnerable part (not the private one, I mean) like the legs and hands, the two places which are prone to dog bites. Since you can't harm dogs, you've to protect yourself. Take care and happy biking.
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15 Aug 09
I know some people used to carry cayenne pepper and throw it at the dogs, but I would think that would make them more angry! I usually either just stop if it looks like that will work (some dog breeds have a chasing instinct, so if you aren't moving they stop caring). But if it is a mean dog that isn't just chasing, I will just speed up and out run the dog (unless you've got a greyhound chasing you, this should work, I can speed up to over 25 miles per hour for short distances, even on hills when I absolutely have to). But I only do this if the dog seems as if it would actually bite if it could get me. Normally if you just stop, the dog loses interest.