October 8, 2010
I've been chased by every breed of dog on the planet, from Chihuahuas to Kangal Dogs. Every traveling cyclist has their own method for dealing with canines. Some use the simple spray of water from a water bottle, while others carry canisters of pepper spray. Some cyclists try to outrun them, some immediately stop and confront them.
I'm not afraid of dogs, so I finding a short sharp yell often does the trick, or when I'm in a more playful mood, I like to stop and call the dog. It always most often confuses them and they stop chasing and barking all together.
But the higher the temperature and humidity, the more likely you will be confronted with dogs like the one in the photo above.
What is your method for dealing with chasing dogs?
Photos by Willie Weir
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS is posted every other Friday. Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His books, Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, will inspire you to hit the road, and might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can read about their adventures at http://yellowtentadventures.com.