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I think this would be a good topic to discuss. We have all had it happen. You are riding along minding your own business and enjoying the day when you see a dog in someones yard,or on the side of the road getting ready to charge at you. What do you do? This could be a dangerous thing if it runs in front of you or if you do the wrong thing in an attempt to avoid it.

This is what I do and it has worked for me many times over the years. I think dogs actually judge your speed and calculate an intercept course to get you. I try to mess up his calculations. Slowing down won't really work as he has time then to adjust his attack to get you. If he is going to charge from the left I will move towards the middle of the road so I have room to maneuver. When he begins his charge and depending on traffic I will actually turn toward him and just before he gets to me I move to the right and speed up. That messes up his intercept and leaves him standing there. Of course if I don't see the dog till it is too late to set this all up I ride straight ahead. I think the worse thing you can do then is hit the dog while trying to maneuver..

I centerpunched a midsized dog years ago. He was about 45lbs and ran right in front of me. I thought I was a goner. I was going about 30mph on an early 70s model BMW. Just before I hit him I jerked up on the bars and rode right over him. The bike left the ground like I had ran up a ramp but stayed upright. I think If I had tryed to miss him it would have been bad. Killed the dog but I rode home unscathed..

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Dogs instinctively plot an intercept course. How you avoid them is by slowing down, which causes them to change their course, then speed up. They can't react quickly enough.

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The manual is correct, it has worked for me on several occassions. Before I found that out, I used to just shoot at them (never hitting them) but the local police didn't like that too much.

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There's a rottweiler in one of my normal travel routes, and the "slow down, downshift, speed up and away" technique has worked well for me.

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Back in the 70's when I lived in San Diego, there was a small dog that always ran out to "greet" me on one of the streets I used to use to get to my apartment. I usually was able to avoid him but one evening after a particularly gruelingflight (I was flight crew in theNavy)I was tooling down the street about 45 mph and totally forgot about my little "friend". He came shooting out from between two parked cars and instinctively I tried to kick him away as he was right "there" on my left side... I was wearing steel toed flight boots at the time. I don't know where onhimmy boot caughtbut it was soft and the dog went sailing.

I never saw him again. I don't know if he learned his lesson, died , or both... I felt kinda bad the rest of the way home but dammit, there were leash laws in SDeven at that time. There were so many houses in that areathat it would have been impossible to try and locate any owners, etc...

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I had many many years of dogs charging me when I was a kid and scaring me to death that I built up a STRONG hate for dogs that do this.

I'm bigger now and handle it differently by pulling to the side of the road and kicking the [email protected]# out of it!

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i had a shepherd that used to do that to me all the time, i fixed the problem by stopping, dismaounting and taking the time to say hi and give him a pat, from then on he would rush to the footpath and stop when he realised it was me, every now and then i would stop again just to reaffirm the friendship, never a problem for yrs after....

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i had a shepherd that used to do that to me all the time, i fixed the problem by stopping, dismaounting and taking the time to say hi and give him a pat, from then on he would rush to the footpath and stop when he realised it was me, every now and then i would stop again just to reaffirm the friendship, never a problem for yrs after....
I have found an ammonia squirt bottle reduces the investment in time considerably.
After that they just stay in the yard and bark.
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good ole pavlov, where would we be without him.............

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as the others, I do the slow down speed up procedure. I haven't been caught yet

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