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    Hi all,

    As you people correctly guessed I am penning this down after bitten by a stray dog last Saturday. luckily the bite was very superficial and shed less blood. I directly went to a hospital and started vaccinations.

    I was wearing bright blue coloured tshirt with a flourascent green helmet ( bought this for higher visibility during early morning rides) . May be the dogs are getting attracted to these bright colours and attacking, Earlier also I was once chased by dogs. they just chased and went away. this time I was not that lucky.

    I was wearing a shoes and normal socks. the dog bit on the shoe, thereby the injury on me was less.

    Please all of you share your thoughts on how to tackle this menace. what are you guys doing to avoid this.

    I am thinking to install a loud electric horn in my bike and also planning for thicker socks.

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    Default Re: Stray dog menace for cyclists

    topic approved.
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    Default Re: Stray dog menace for cyclists

    General tips dealing with dogs:
    # Stay calm and pretend to be ignoring them (easier said than done, practice deep breathing to slow down heart beats). This is the single most action which has saved me during several occasions.
    # Street dogs are highly territorial when the traffic calms down. The time when they transition from being soft to aggressive depends on traffic for that time. In big cities like bangalore dogs come to their own between 1230am to 4am. In smaller towns and villages this period will be wider. So being aware of the place and time helps in dealing with them.
    # Having a whistle (seeti) hanging around neck can help in dealing with small group of 3-4 dogs. Their ears are sensitive to sound, they will avoid long clear sounds. Honking (which is familiar to them) may help, but whistle inflicts more surprise and damage to their ears.
    # In cities avoid inside roads and be on main roads specially during nights.
    # Keep your vehicle and tires/bumper clean. I mean wash them regularly. dogs don't like smell of other animal's/dog's urine; this is one of the reasons dogs chase cars during nights. Same holds good for shoes or footwares.
    # If you are carrying food in your bag/sack it is possible the dogs are targeting food instead of you. Abandon the food immediately or use it as a means to move them away.

    Disclaimer: I'm no expert on this matter. These are my personal experiences. Depending on the location, size of the pack and other factors these tips may or may not work.
    Last edited by zerobhp; 06-16-2018 at 04:51 PM.

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    Default Re: Stray dog menace for cyclists

    Thanks bro.

    Unfortunately I was bitten on a main road with less traffic at that time ( about 0500 am).

    The whistle idea seems good. will give it a try next time.

    For me , dog didn't give any time to react. it came perpendicular to my cycle.

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    Default Re: Stray dog menace for cyclists

    Quote Originally Posted by Anand1983 View Post
    Hi all,

    As you people correctly guessed I am penning this down after bitten by a stray dog last Saturday. luckily the bite was very superficial and shed less blood. I directly went to a hospital and started vaccinations.

    I was wearing bright blue coloured tshirt with a flourascent green helmet ( bought this for higher visibility during early morning rides) . May be the dogs are getting attracted to these bright colours and attacking, Earlier also I was once chased by dogs. they just chased and went away. this time I was not that lucky.

    I was wearing a shoes and normal socks. the dog bit on the shoe, thereby the injury on me was less.

    Please all of you share your thoughts on how to tackle this menace. what are you guys doing to avoid this.

    I am thinking to install a loud electric horn in my bike and also planning for thicker socks.
    What @zerobhp mentioned is true.. from personal experience with being someone who used to return home late nights/early mornings from work.
    A stick will deter them, maybe get something like this
    https://www.amazon.in/MARK-Expandabl...keywords=baton

    this works, i've seen the poor rag-pickers who are out early mornings carry a stick.. which both works as their tool and to keep the dogs away.

    apart from that, don't run, just try to stay put and shoo them with a stick, stone and maybe whistle. i don't think they'd appreciate loud horns either might make it worse for you.
    or better avoid that lane/route if possible if the menace is too much. i did that once when I was being chased by a dog almost everyday at the same spot, riding a duke(it's exhaust eh) and the face covered in helmet at 4am probably din't go down well with the canines i guess ! they seem to hate people with helmets/covered faces.
    Last edited by s1d; 06-23-2018 at 02:06 AM.
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