Dogs....what am I doing wrong?

Why do I keep getting chased by dogs?

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14/03/2012 at 10:41
ps it didn't have a tail but if it had, it would have been between its legs - it looked so sheepish
14/03/2012 at 13:12
What I hate most of all is... the wrong use of 'disinterested'!! It means unbiased, not uninterested! Dogs? I'm neither here nor there about them.
14/03/2012 at 17:12
"clearly not utterly dissintersted" Do I not like that!!!
15/03/2012 at 21:44
some dogs can be a pain when runners past I blame the owners for not keeping control of them
16/03/2012 at 19:07

Dazer is a hand held dog deterrent; might be of interest
16/03/2012 at 20:04
Re "the white Rottweiler", it is apparently an American Bulldog, not a Rottweiler.

It got a bit close to a horse being ridden and got a kick last week from what I can make out. Very close to where it chased me.

Anyway, thanks for the replies and reassurance. Another useful tip I've had from the police (who I have also contacted for some advice) is to take a smart phone/camera with me and get some sort of picture/video. They say that if they have that they will prosecute if appropriate. Although they weren't specific about it, I got the feeling I wasn't the only person who has had trouble recently.

Hey ho.
18/03/2012 at 19:31

Well I don't like dogs and I was absolutely petrified of them as a child to the degree that I nearly got myself run over several times avoiding them.  I don't know why, as I loved with a German shepherd as a small child in New Zealand and wasn't scared of that.  But from about 3 years old, I was always terrified.

So it's fortunate that I have never had a bad incident with a dog while out running.  Most owners get hold of their dogs or at least stop and move into a recess on the path.  But one of my friends had two bad experiences in as many weeks - bitten while running then made to fall off his bike and broke his collar bone and was out of running for 3 months.

I just try to avoid areas where there are dogwalkers, for example, I run down my local canal path at lunchtime, as most people walk their dogs in the morning and evening. 
19/03/2012 at 08:21
Has anyone tried using a dazer ?
19/03/2012 at 10:07
I can honestly say that you are one unlucky runner! Only problems I occasionally encounter are people driving past shouting abuse
Edited: 19/03/2012 at 10:08
19/03/2012 at 10:17
@Elstead runner - no police force would do much with a hastily-snappy cameraphone photo of a dog. "If appropriate" means "If we can be arsed and the photo manages to record details from a dog tag."
20/03/2012 at 21:01
The only problem I've ever had with a dog was the other week when I was running in the forest and this huge overly friendly beast lept up at me. Didn't attack or anything it just wanted a stroke. Got mud all over my top so it looked like I'd falllen over and slobber all over my shorts. Gave it a quick stroke and the owner was very apologetic.
22/03/2012 at 11:53

I think you're just plain unlucky. There are good dog owners and bad dog owners just as there are good drivers and bad drivers (In fact there are far more bad drivers than bad dog owners but that's another argument).

The only thing I can see to help you avoid this problem is to move house. I am fortunate to live a lovely part of the countryside where there are loads of dogs and I have never had the slightest problem with any of them. It could be that I am a "doggy" person and that they sense that but more likely it's that the owners round here are generally responsible and I often see people reining their dogs in when I am heading their way.

22/03/2012 at 17:09
If 4 policemen can't stop a dog attacking them then I think runners have little chance - whatever strategy they adopt. I don't understand why there remain so many pitbull type dogs around given they are meant to be banned
22/03/2012 at 18:32

I am in both camps as I run, but I also run with my dog on a regular basis. There are good and bad dog owners but the same also applies to runners! Whilst walking my dog I've had "runners" effing and blinding at me saying that my dog should be on a lead/get that effing dog out of the way and in one instance an unprovoked attack on my dog! (for the record my dog is eleven years old, runner friendly and is usually far too busy sniffing the latest piece of fox poo or bush to be interested in anyone else!)

So it works both ways and in the case of the unprovoked attack (my dog didnt even approach the runner concerned) I had a witness and reported the incident to the police (alas nothing happened) I do think that dogs will quickly suss out if someone is scared of them. If a dog goes for me I would shout a command at it ("down" or "stay") and if by that time the owner hasnt come over or couldnt care less then as a last resort a size 12 shoe in the gonads is the order of the day (I have only ever had to do this once). I would also see if there is a local dog warden as they can often be more effective than the police and are around dog walking areas more often.

23/03/2012 at 07:55

it`s just hlow they are isn`t ity.....

they thinkl that they are `pl;aying` with you,dont they....


23/03/2012 at 14:29

Dogs are not so much the problem - owners are the problem. Obviously not all owners - some are totally responsible and considerate - but those who aren't give the others a bad name.

Some dog owners don't seem to comprehend that their pets are dangerous, powerful animals that need to be properly trained and controlled. Just because you give him a cute name and he's a big softie at home, that doesn't mean he'll be fine in the outside world, where his instincts kick in.

Other owners are just plain dumb. In my local park, I'm often confronted with the owner on one side of the path, the dog on the opposite side, and a thin black lead running like a trip wire in between. In poor light, I've often come close to a big tumble.

And then there are the owners who are actually proud that their pets terrify the living daylights out of innocent passers by. We once stayed in a lovely country holiday cottage where we had to go everywhere by car because the dogs in the neighbouring farm blocked the lane and threatened us when we set out on foot. I'm quite sure they had been trained, or at least encouraged, to do that.

I don't know what's to be done with the owners, but my tactic with aggressive dogs is either to stop still and slowly move away, or to pretend to pick up a stone and make as if to throw it at them while shouting.

24/03/2012 at 18:33

If only it was legal i'd shoot the *uckers. Then the owners.

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