What the hell do you lot all do to get chased and bitten all the time!? Seriously, where I ride I encounter lots of dogs, always off the lead, and not one single time have I had even the slightest problem. Possibly the problem may not always
lie with the dog or the owner...?
Yes, I've had dogs run up to me barking, but all I do is slow a little, freewheel so the're not mesmersised by pedalling feet, and say hello to them in a friendly voice. If they still want to play with me and not go back to their owner, I'll stop and say a proper hello, give them a pat and tell them to go back to their owner. Hasn't failed me yet. As a result, everyone I meet seems to be very friendly, and even apologetic if they think their dog's bothering me (which it never is).
Maybe it helps that I have a dog myself, even though he's not always with me, as you learn how to read their behaviour and how to react to them. I say this as someone who was terrified of dogs right up until the point that I got one...
If you need to take control of the situation, be firm and authorative without being overly aggressive. If you antagonise a dog, you're no better, are you?
Cue all the "dogs should be kept on a lead at all times, I'm always getting attacked for no reason, child's face, etc"
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