Once I was riding my road bike down a rural road. I heard barking over my shoulder and saw two dobermans running toward me. I can't think of a time in my life that I felt more endangered.

I reacted instinctively and accelerated. Unfortunately I was on a gravel road and going into a bit of an incline. There was no way I could outrun those dogs. I looked back over my shoulder and they were no longer chasing me. The cycling gods must have been smiling on me.

Another time, in a similar situation, a different dog ran along next to me, barking and baring its teeth. I maintained my speed and yelled at it (trying to assert some dominance) until it got tired of chasing me.

These two experiences have done a lot to put me off touring alone.

How do I deal with issues like this?

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    I've lightly edited your answer to make it more of a request for information and less of a discussion-starter. ("Does anyone have advice...".) Good question, although I suspect the answer will be "it depends". There's no single strategy that works with all dogs, although there are ways to be prepared. – Goodbye Stack Exchange Feb 24 '12 at 20:15
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    Two words: frame pump. – Stephen Touset Feb 24 '12 at 20:42
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    I find it amusing that your gravatar has a dog. Good question though - I've had some bad experiences with dogs too, and would be interested to see what people say? – nhinkle Feb 25 '12 at 7:28
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    I'd like to hear why someone voted to close, perhaps the question can be improved further. (Yes, there can be no single way to deal with this problem, aside from "stay at home and don't go near dogs", but the question is still an important one.) – Goodbye Stack Exchange Feb 29 '12 at 1:48
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    Hi Sunil, do you have experience with this device? Has it helped you in the past? What type of situation? – jilles de wit Sep 14 '13 at 13:55

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Lately I was attacked by enormous amounts of dogs while riding. Wished I had pepper spray. I've never used it but I believe it will work. See in the link attached my experience with dogs recorded in my head camera; lots of them. I was lucky I was not eaten alive. Here only a gun would probably have stopped them. I believe it's figuring out who the leader of the pack and attacking it.

  • Everything you did just made the situation worse. There was no reason to begin yelling and getting hysterical about the dogs. They were not threatening you. – Carey Gregory Sep 8 '14 at 4:35
  • The Youtube video is not viewable – MilkyWay90 Jun 10 '19 at 3:37

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