Bitten / chased by dogs

What do you do?

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04/07/2013 at 21:42

Seems to have happened a few times now. No serious bites but nips and scratches and owners never give a toss. Shouted at owners to no avail.

Been considering carrying my phone and taking photographs of culprits - ?

05/07/2013 at 00:16

some dog owners are so dumb or ignorant! I don't use a cycle path now as it's turned into a dog walkers track with some running free and they are so surprised when a cyclists goes by. It's a Fu**ing cycle path FFS!

Running wise I've been pretty lucky but like dogs and try to make friends with them. Usually works but of course disrupts your run.

I've two of my own and when walking them and a runner goes past I always hold on to them. Pi**ed off others don't.

05/07/2013 at 04:48

Well if a dog charges towards to me I simply stop and raise one leg towards it. This creates a 'no go' zone. The animal has a choice, either stop and show some respect or run full tilt into the base of my foot. All I have to do is stand still.

I have no real day to day problems since like most 'dog people' I have more or less the same habits be they time and place. The dogs I meet are familiar with me. They know they are likely to receive a tummy rub and back massage.

05/07/2013 at 05:15

This really gets to me!

I used to cycle, but gave that up because of too many near-misses with cars.

Then when I started running outside, it was dogs!

Now I use a treadmill and I don't have any problems with people/cars/animals invading my space and disturbing my run!

But getting back to the question: I found it best to simply stop and stand still until the dog decided that I wasn't worth bothering with!  Some owners were really apologietic, some couldn't give a damn.

05/07/2013 at 08:56

My old running partner was great with dogs; she is getting a bit old now so cannot always come out with me these days. You certainly notice the difference. The only time a dog ever went for me whilst running with her ended up with a bit missing out of its back leg. Interestingly the owner apologised and said her dog deserved it, even though she did not see what happened! But my running partner being a Wiemeraner does help her to get away with this sort of behaviour!

Last time I got attacked (no dog protection that day) the owner got stroppy accusing me of punching his dog and saying that the dog did nothing. He got quite aggressive!

Time before that I launched the dog into some brambles, the owner, again claiming the dog did nothing, seemed almost in tears.

+1 for out of control dogs on 'cycle paths' along with the dog mess; they are a waste of money and opportunity (the cycle paths that is).

Edited: 05/07/2013 at 08:57
05/07/2013 at 09:23

I tend to chase dogs to be honest - I did get bitten by a rottweiler - which the owner promptly kicked - I had a go at the owner for kicking his dog rather than for his dog biting me -  But if a dog does chase me I will chase it - or on a couple of occasions encourage it to run with me  - now that does p*ss the owner off as they get quite worried.

I did get chased in Bulgaria by a bear - that was a different matter and far more worrying than a dog!!!!

Edited: 05/07/2013 at 09:23
05/07/2013 at 09:55

I suspect that if a bear had chased you he would have caught you. He was probably just shooing you off.

05/07/2013 at 10:22
I always try to be friendly to the dog and usually they are fine.
Last week one started to chase after me so I encouraged it to run with me. The owner soon got it back on the lead.
05/07/2013 at 11:06

This happened to me the other night in the park round the corner - it's a useful place to do some intervals or speedwork because the boundary of the cricket pitch is almost exactly 400m. Of course, it's also a good place for people to take their dogs. Now, I love dogs, and I tend to think most people who own them look out for other people - but this little yappy thing came at me in the middle of this session. I didn't want to stop because this was training after all; and I'm not really into hurting dogs. Neither my daggers looks nor my shouting 'keep your dog under control' seemed to have any bearing with this woman - I suspect, judging by her waistline, that she couldn't hear me because of the rolls of fat built up in her ears. What is it with some people? If he hadn't desisted when he did, the little furry bundle of fun would have got my trainer in its chops.

05/07/2013 at 11:08

I never found out whether the bear was chasing or shooing - as fortunately for me it reached the end of a long chain - somehing I only realised when it snapped to a stop!!!

05/07/2013 at 11:33

It's called sharing the planet with other people / animals.

To be honest I've never had a problem with dogs while running. I go running with my own dog and when out walking they never chase cyclists or runners. My jack russell is quite friendly so will run up to people wanting a fuss now and again. I just call her back and there doesnt seem to ever be a problem.

If a dog ran up to me while running I would just avoid it and carry on, if it was aggressive then I would stop and have a word with the owner.

Saying that one time I had abuse off a women who accused me of kicking her dog as I ran by. The yelp that came out of the dog was due to her yanking it away from me as I ran past and almost had to jump over her dog as she let it walk out in front of me across a whole pavement. I definately didnt touch the dog though but she was adament with foul language that I had kicked her dog.

You get numpties everywhere just need to get on with it I suppose.

05/07/2013 at 11:40

Just remembered that I magnificently hurdled a dog during a cross-country race earlier this year. It went one way, then the other... so did I, until the only way to avoid it was to jump over it. Lovely action I have on the old hurdling.

05/07/2013 at 11:40

I have a nutty springer spaniel and I make him sit down when any walkers, cyclists or runners pass when we are out walking. Occassionally he will still run after them but I dont just stand there shouting him to come back I go and fetch him. I expect the same in return. It's all well and good dog owners saying things like "oh, he is just excited" or "it's ok, he wont jump up you" but not many dog owners have their dogs under that much control. If a dog comes running after me I will have a quick fuss of it but if it wont leave me alone I am very quick to 'mention' it to the owners. The dog is just doing what comes naturally so it's up to the owners to deal with that

05/07/2013 at 11:42

I just do not understand why people own them. If you want a companion get some friends, if you want to go for a walk just do it (at least you will not have to carry around a little bag of poo).

plus they stink.

05/07/2013 at 11:43

Won't be long before we get that dog DNA database and all those bites and feces can be traced back to the owner, along with a huge fine.

05/07/2013 at 11:55

Never had any trouble whatsoever and one of my routes is dog central. My father-in-law, who is scared of dogs, constantly gets chased...

D

05/07/2013 at 13:07

Sharing the planet with another animal? I hope nobody shares the planet with me and docks my tail, castrates me, puts me on a leash, feeds me solidified meat jelly and then complains when I fart like a demon. 

05/07/2013 at 13:13
DunkyD wrote (see)

Never had any trouble whatsoever and one of my routes is dog central. My father-in-law, who is scared of dogs, constantly gets chased...

D

I never have any trouble either, and I encounter a lot of dogs on my runs in a nature reserve.  Dogs seem to want to run with me, but they never appear aggressive.

There was one that used to run out of its garden and bark at me, but it never actually chased me.

Based on observation of people who've said they have had aggression from dogs, they seem to be mostly men.  Perhaps it's the testosterone or something?

05/07/2013 at 13:17
Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)

Sharing the planet with another animal? I hope nobody shares the planet with me and docks my tail, castrates me, puts me on a leash, feeds me solidified meat jelly and then complains when I fart like a demon. 

Don't forget the in-breeding that results in your skull being too small for your brain, and  trimming your ears so that they are nice and pointy, too.

05/07/2013 at 13:19
Wilkie wrote (see)

Don't forget the in-breeding that results in your skull being too small for your brain, and  trimming your ears so that they are nice and pointy, too.

And thats just some of the owners !

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