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    dog deterrents

    So I went out for a bike ride today and got chased by two large Labs that looked like they were trying to eat me. It was almost comical as I think back on it but I'm wondering what others are using to deter large dogs. I just bought a Dog Dazer and am wondering if I just wasted money and am I going to have to pack heat too. I love my dogs, I just hate other peoples dogs that are allowed to run free.

    I thought about some sort of spray but I think that could back fire if there's a head wind. That's the last thing I would want is to be bitten and have my face burning at the same time.

    When I get the Dog Dazer in the mail I'm going to try it on my neighbors pitbull, and see if it effects him at all.
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    Some dogs will back off if you shake a can of pennies at them. If that doesn't work, Bee/Wasp spray will shoot a stream up to 25 feet.

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    Baseball bat.
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    When I was young and rode a bicycle on the road a lot, I had a frame-mounted tire pump that I carried at all times, mounted along the front of the seat tube (from below the seat and top tube down toward the crank pin). If a dog came after me, I reached down, grabbed it like a baseball bat, and whacked the pooch on the nose. Very effective. I don't know if long pumps of that type are still common as many have much more compact solutions for tire inflating purposes but I like the dual purpose it served. I had to carry a pump as I was running sew-up tires in those days and flats were a fact of life, as were ornery dogs.

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    I don't think I'm going to carry a bat, since that would be a pain to carry unless I strapped it on the bike somewhere. That would definately deter the dog after a pop on the nose though.

    I have a small compact pump that I carry too but I think it would break if I hit a dog hard enough with it. It would have to be a last ditch effort. hahah

    The area was rural so I don't think the owners watch their dogs when they're outside, since I didn't see anyone on their property. I was just wondering what others have used since I will eventually ride out that way again, there was hardly any cars and nice scenery.
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    Or maybe keep a quirt (riding crop) in your back pocket...

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    Most dogs will back off with a squirt of water in the face from your water bottle. If anything, this will give you a chance to get away.
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