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After weeks and weeks of bad weather I decided that today was the day to start riding to work. Forecast high temps of 65 with a morning pre-launch temp of around 35. I was a little frozen by the time I got to work but the ride was enjoyable. The only problem I had was getting the shit scared out of me by two different car-chasing dogs. The first one was actually a pair of what looked like pit-bulls. They came into the road and were preparing to give chase but they didnt like the sound of the horn. The second "incident" involved a very fast and determined german shepard. This dog came out of nowhere and was on a collision course, luckily, there was no traffic and I was able to move over and avoid the dog. I probably wasnt as close to him as I thought I was, but it was something I wasnt prepared for. I spent several minutes after the second encounter dreaming about scabbards and shotguns, but then I cooled down.
 

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Well, I guess you won't be as suprised the next time you ride by.



You haven't really asked for any advice, but...sometimes if you continue to ride the same route the dogs may get use to you riding by and stop running out after you (apparently your TW looks more like a cat than a mule:) ). If the dogs persist, maybe you could stop by and talk or call the owner of the dogs and splain the situation. If that is not practical (I'd be scared of pit bulls no matter what they say and wouldn't pull into the driveway), perhaps a can of pepper spray or similar homemade solution may help.



Having said that, give it more throttle, dogs can only keep up for a while!
 

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Well, I guess you won't be as suprised the next time you ride by.



You haven't really asked for any advice, but...sometimes if you continue to ride the same route the dogs may get use to you riding by and stop running out after you (apparently your TW looks more like a cat than a mule:) ). If the dogs persist, maybe you could stop by and talk or call the owner of the dogs and splain the situation. If that is not practical (I'd be scared of pit bulls no matter what they say and wouldn't pull into the driveway), perhaps a can of pepper spray or similar homemade solution may help.



Having said that, give it more throttle, dogs can only keep up for a while!


Or time it next time and throw them a steak soaked in exlax and let the owner clean his carpets for the next few days.
 

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Gentlemen,



Since the age of 5, I have never been without a dog. My Labrador "Jet" is sleeping at my feet as I type this. That said, I have zero patience or tolerance for aggressive dogs or the people who keep them. I use to run every day and having a vicious dog come charging out of someones front yard and bare his fangs while barking and growling takes the fun out of it. I finally started carrying a pocket sized pepper spray and the first time I used it the dog's owner was furious. I thought I might have to pepper spray him as well. What a joke.



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I had an uncle who was often badgered on his wlk to work by a large dangerous dog. The owner would sit on a swing on his porch and laugh. Art told him, " tomorrow when I walk by I will have a gun with me. If the dog comes after me I will shoot it."



Next day the dog charged out as usual and Art waited until it was three feet away then shot it between the eyes with a .38. The owner said he was going to kill Art for that and got out of the swing chair and reached for the door. Art put a bullet in the door jamb beside his head causing the owner to freeze in fear.

Art said "You go ahead in side and get your gun. I will wait here for you."

The owner went inside and did not come back out. Art went to work. The sheriff came and got Art at work that day and took his gun and him in on a charge of attempted murder.

When the circuit judge came around it went to trial and the prosecutor read his charges and what he claimed had transpired.

The judge did not wait for the defense to even enter a plea. He just banged the Gavel down and said "Case dismissed, lack of evidence."

The prosecutor demanded to know why so the judge said, "I have known that man (pointing to my uncle) all my life. If he had attempted to kill some one that person would be dead. No dead body, lack of evidence, case dismissed."

Bear in mind this was in a rural Santa Fe railroad town in the 1920s. It would likely have had a different ending today.

Suffice to say the gun was returned to my uncle and he was never bothered on his way to or from work again.





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When I was much younger, on my Honda 160, I was surprised by a large German Sheppard. It ran next to me for a short distance nipping at my foot. I easily out ran it and when I got a safe distance down the street I made a U turn, found a fair sized stick, and I returned to the scene of the encounter. Sure enough he chased me again. I swung the stick, the dog ducked and I missed. I saw that. In frustration I threw the stick backwards as hard as I could. It was a blind throw but I did hear a loud yelp! I think I caught the dog in his open mouth. I made a second U turn and again I was heading in my intended direction. As I went by the house where the dog charged from I saw him sitting on the front porch and I could see him looking at me as I went by. He never chased me again.
 

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there's this bastard dog with a bastard owner a few roads from here where my g-pa lives. everytime I go there the son of a bitch goes right after you, and if you're going slow you'll get stuck with him in front of you trying to bite you. The only way to make it is to go about 30-35 mph and by the time he hears you/chases you'll be able to dodge him every time.



the owner is a bastard because he tried bitching at me about going so fast.. he's like we already lowered our speed here from 25 mph to 15 mph and people still race through..and he's worried I am going to hit his dog. Doesn't care about me or my bike though or how annoying it is getting stuck behind the bastard going slow obviously. I just left without letting him finish his BS.. altho I SHOULD of said hey retard, maybe if you trained your dog to not be a POS I would cruise through at the proper speed, it's safer for me to go at a faster speed so I avoid him altogether.



If he tries any more BS I'm definitely gonna let him have it, he cares so much about his dog but he won't train the damn thing to not chase everything that moves (It's not difficult...) I'd also like to state that he's a POS who completely faked an injury so he could get a disability payment for the rest of his life. A completely useless selfish POS person, who has a POS dog to match. I hate going there!
 

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I have always used the method taught in the safety courses, gear down, slow down and gun just as the dog gets close. The dog is timing its arrival based on your speed, so you need to screw them up by slowing down, then speeding up. That's not always possible though. An angry pit bull bearing down on you can be unnerving, especially if you have a passenger. Kicking or swinging a stick or spraying bear spray may cause you to loose it. I wish we could just shoot the dog.
 

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Do what I do. Slow the bike down, and let the dog actually think he can catch you. When he thinks you are actually obtainable, he will come oblivious to his other surroundings and you can lead him almost anywhere you want. After he becomes accustomed to this, a friend following close behind you, in another vehicle, can make quick work of him, after you swerve into the other lane.
 

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A friend of mine had his atv tire bitten on the sidewall, it could not be repaired and the owner bought the guy a new tire.



I like the steak soaked in exlax of all the ideas. Maybe hamburger it wouldn't cost so much and be just as funny.



I usually slow down move to the side of the road the dog is on, then speed up. If he gets close I can always go left some. Of course most the dogs that chase me are in the country.
 

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With all the animal control laws on the books you should be able to report a loose dog and get the mutt and owner in trouble with the local law.
 

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The best cure for a chasing dog is to stop about a block away in your car, remove 2 lug nuts from a wheel, slip a burlap sack over the studs and replace the nuts.... drive by at about 10-15 mph and let the bad dog bite the bag.... DON"T STOP!!!!! once he bites the bag it will tighten on his teeth and he won't be able to let go. this lesson should continue for at least a block or so... if he survives he will probably never chase again... not sure of the legality of this, but it works.



PS... pitbulls require 5 or 6 blocks for an effective lesson
 

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The best cure for a chasing dog is to stop about a block away in your car, remove 2 lug nuts from a wheel, slip a burlap sack over the studs and replace the nuts.... drive by at about 10-15 mph and let the bad dog bite the bag.... DON"T STOP!!!!! once he bites the bag it will tighten on his teeth and he won't be able to let go. this lesson should continue for at least a block or so... if he survives he will probably never chase again... not sure of the legality of this, but it works.



PS... pitbulls require 5 or 6 blocks for an effective lesson




Haha I actually put this practice to work about ten years ago and it was the exact outcome you explained, but judging from your picture I shouldn't tell you what kind of dog it was.
 

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There is some great input here, thanks for all the tips. I have heard of the burlap sack on the tire trick, but I always thought that it was an urban legend.
 

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Here is a trick I learned from my Dad. After being chased several times by a German Shepherd and getting no cooperation from the owner after nearly crashing into a ditch. He filled a squirt gun with an ammonia, rode slowly past the residence, and greeted the culprit with a few squirts in the face. Never had a problem with that dog again. Fast forward 25 yrs. I had the same problem with a Black Lab just a couple of blocks from me. It got frustrating as the owners would sometimes be outside and seemed to get a kick out of it. One day my daughter came home out of breath and in tears, seemed the dog had given chase to her and a friend on their bicycles. That was it, went to walmart, bought a cheap squirt gun, filled it with ammonia, got on the bike and rode right toward the residence. Here he came, slowed down and nailed him right in the face, he yelped and dropped like he had been shot with a .45. I turned around at the end of the block and came back by only to see him rubbing his face in the grass, as the owners seemed puzzled as to what was going on with him. Never had a problem with that dog again.
 

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drb,



I like the squirt gun idea. Easily concealable from the soon to be irate ower(s). Now, if one doesn't care what the owner(s) see, get one of those super soaker mega squirt guns.



Personally, I don't think anyone should take this course of action unless 1-diplomacy with said owner(s) fails; 2-scary dog (or other mean looking animal chasing the motorcycle/bicycle rider/pedestrian).



I hope my UPS and FEDEX delievery drivers aren't part of this forum, Georgie is pretty protective of the property/family, though she doesn't chase! lol. UPS guy has if figured out, he gives her a dog snack.
 

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When I was on this ride down the Baja peninsula I carried a can of "Halt" on the handlebar. This is a pepper spray product formulated for dogs and used by mail carriers. While in Mexico, and out in the middle of know-where I was pedaling along a well maintained orange grove. Back some ways from the road appeared to be some structures that suggested these folks were rather wealthy. The bike was heavy and I was moving slow so I had some time to take in the details. It was very quiet and I heard what sounded like a dog barking. Then way off in the distance I saw a dark speck appearing to move in my direction. As I feared, the speck was getting larger, fast!! My pace quickened, as did my heart rate. Quickly, a big, healthy German Shepard was within a few feet of doing what ever big German Shepards do to slow moving bicyclists. I pulled the can of Halt from the bars, aimed it off to my right side and pressed the button. The dog ran into the spray and the situation immediately changed. The dogs aggressive, determined gait was no-more, and I did not look back.... You can buy Halt in bicycle shops or online. The can is pressurized so you need not fool around trying to get the product into the dogs face. Gerry







note the dark fabric pac to the right of center on the TW handlebar. Yup, 500,000 scofield units of 'drop you to your knees misery'. Just make sure you know which way the wind is blowing, or have your face shield down.



 
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