When a dog chases me while I’m biking, what should I do?

When a dog chases

When a dog chases you get off your bike and stop.
Most dogs that chase bikes do so because they are moving; they don’t realize there is a person on the bike; instead, they merely see movement, which awakens their natural hunting urge.

If you stop and get off your bike, all of a sudden nothing is moving and a person appears; at this point, the animals stop hunting and go.

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Additionally, it is impossible to get rid of them by cycling more aggressively, and a dog’s teeth trying to grab a moving human leg will cause horrific harm. Most dogs run faster than most people pedal. You’d be better off remaining stationary and keeping your bike in front of the dog.

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Advice by Frederik Buysse

Depending on the breed of dog, I’ve experienced dog chasing while riding a bicycle, and it can be rather frightening. I shouted at a German Shepherd mix, as if I were the owner, and it stopped suddenly in its tracks. “Bad dog! Stop that! No!” Another choice is to stop, get off your bike, and position your bike in front of the dog, depending on the breed and level of aggression of the dog.

You won’t be able to out-pedal a fast pit bull. Scream at the dog while grabbing your water bottle and dousing the dog with water.

When I was competing in mountain bike races, I would frequently go out and train after work (I’m assuming if you’re on a bicycle you have a water bottle). The cul-de-sac next to the trailhead I used to frequent was home to a beagle. He pursued me for two days straight.

I was prepared for him on the third day; I had a squirt gun that was half loaded with vinegar and half with water. I struck him in the face rather hard. He went and sat on his front porch when he spotted me coming the following day. I believe I provided a valuable service to the neighborhood’s cyclists.

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(Before you call PETA or the Humane Society and complain about me, vinegar and water is a really good training aid. It is frequently used by trainers and dog daycare facilities to change undesired behaviour. Although it stings, there won’t be any lasting effects.)

Advice by Leslie Craig