Irresponsible Dog Owners!

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by hoppym27, 22 Feb 2018.

  1. OP

    hoppym27 Well-Known Member

    A yorkie or a pug wouldnt have hurt me to the extent this dog would have but it could have got caught up in my wheels and caused itself some damage....

    note my thread is called irresponsible dog owners..not All dog owners...
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  2. Jody

    Jody Über legend of a forum GOD!

    My bad. Apologies @Dogtrousers Just re-read it when not on the phone :rolleyes:
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  3. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    North Wales
    I believe self-defence is still legal in this country and that's what the OP was doing. It doesn't matter if it is a dog or anything else. I fell off my bike a while back because of a dog running loose . I gave the owner a piece of my mind then for not having it on lease. I , too, love animals, but they should be controlled in public places.
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  4. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    Better be, or I might be in trouble for shooting all those EVIL pigeons on my route home from work. It's a right pain when they shite on your bike.
  5. User32269

    User32269 Guest

    I don't love dogs. I have no problem with people who feel the need to have them, so long as they act responsibly.
    I take my son up the Liverpool Loop Line cycleway often, sharing it with many people who cannot, or will not, control their dogs. My son, who rides slowly and courteously on shared paths, has been reduced to crying with terror twice as a result of encounters with dogs.
    I view large dogs as dangerous weapons. They are capable of killing or maiming my young lad or myself. Failure to be in control of something, in a public space, that has that capacity to cause injury or death should be punished as if that person had discharged a firearm imo.
    The vast majority of dog owners are decent people who love their pets and act responsibly, unfortunately the minority of morons with dogs cause the problems.
    Do I think the OP was wrong to kick a large dog trying to take a chunk out of him? No! In all honesty I would have been reaching for my D lock. Given the damage these animals can inflict, you have every right to protect yourself.
  6. BoldonLad

    BoldonLad Über Member

    South Tyneside
    A reasonable, fair and balanced point of view. IMHO. ;)
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  7. crazyjoe101

    crazyjoe101 New Member

    If I'm cycling somewhere where there are dogs off the lead I keep my speed down and I make sure I go past way below 10mph in case one runs into my path and I've not run one over yet, if the owner holds or calls their dog aside it's a bonus but I'm still going to go past slow. I've never been attacked by a dog on or off a bike but if I was I'd rather kick the dog than get a chunk taken out of me.

    We used to have a German Shepherd that I took with me when I went MTBing locally, he was very gentle around people but doubtless he used to give some people a fright when my Mum walked him because if he saw a cyclist he would be convinced it was me from a distance and shoot off straight at them like a rocket and then suddenly stop dead a few feet away and wonder off again when he realised.
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  8. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    You can't even go sledding without a snarling beast chasing you downhill.

  9. benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    I once got bit on the arse by a German Shepherd
    He apologised though, and even let me pet his dog
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  10. hennbell

    hennbell Über Member

    I once while riding on a bike path was accosted by a fur ball ankle biter. It ran out of its yard to attack me. With its owner watching I un-clipped my right foot and lazily swung a kick of self defense. Unfortunately I caught it a bit harder then I intended. The dog flipped in the air and went running back to mum. The dear lady expressed her contempt at my awful behavior I let her know that if shes keeps her dog on a leash she will never have to worry about it happening again
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  11. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

  12. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    <QI klaxon>

    The opposite of misogyny is being respectful to women.
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  13. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    Pedant v pedant, in the context of the question that is the answer being sought.:tongue:
  14. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    I know, but I couldn't resist the excuse to be a pedant.

    And the only reason I didn't make the same reply earlier was because it was an entirely fatuous question.
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  15. AndyCh

    AndyCh Senior Member

    Owners should always be aware of what their dogs are up to and watch for cyclists on a shared path and try to make sure they don't get in the way. I say try to, because my dog is generally ok and will keep out the way if I call her, but, i) she is very stupid, and ii) if she sees a squirrel or such like, she will be off after it and won't always come back if called. This is my responsibility I know, but being open about it, i can't guarantee she is always fully under control.

    This makes me a bit cautious when cycling around dogs, as they are unpredictable, and suggest everyone is the same. Add to that, a mate of mine had a coming together with a dog on his bike (he didn't even see it coming for him as it came from side/behind) and the dogs front leg went into his spokes and was sliced clean off. He came catapulting off his bike and you can imagine the hullabaloo after that little scrape. Everyone was pretty shaken, including peg legged fido.

    Point of my post is, be a bit careful on your bikes, and if you are a dog owner, do whatever you can to keep your dog away from bikes, for the sake of all concerned.

    PS. I would have also kicked the attacking dog, and wouldn't mind if someone did the same to my mutt if it was being a pest/dangerous.
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