Why do dogs not like bikes?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by the reluctant cyclist, 24 Jan 2008.

  1. the reluctant cyclist

    the reluctant cyclist Über Member

    I'm sure it can't be just me but loads of times I am just cyling along, minding my own business when there is a dog on the pavement and it will suddenly lurch towards me barking it's head off. Normally it nearly takes the owner over with it as they are not expecting it!

    When I am just walking along I don't get this reaction so can only presume it is the bike!

    Does anyone else get this? Is it the motion or something? It's really strange I think!

    Scares the hell out of me too! Has anyone ever had a dog break free of the owner? What are you supposed to do?

    I love dogs too!
  2. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Bikes make a lot of high pitched squealing noises when they are moving, you can't hear it but the dog can. Make sure you've oiled your chain.
  3. spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    Poodle near me kept chasing the postie on his bike so we had to confiscate it.

    Runs away
  4. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Or maybe he just likes the smell of your bum? :biggrin:
  5. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    I love dogs too, but when an out-of-control Alsatian came for me the other day, I had no hesitation in unclipping my foot and clattering it about the head.

    Stupid, stupid owners - I hate them.
  6. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    It's pretty obvious why dogs chase cyclists. It's mostly prey instinct, and in some dogs/locations it'll be enhanced through "training" by posties.
  7. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    An absolute classic Spin!

    Dogs love to chase fast moving things, it's an instinct in all breeds.
    As for wether the dog views this chase as a game or a defencive measure is where the crux of the matter lays.

    D x
  8. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    I think dogs should be licensed, owners required to take out insurance, and pass a competency test before they are allowed to take a dog out for a walk. Oh and they shouldnt RLJ either. Bloomin dogs.
  9. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    I have only encountered a troublesome dog once. I was cycling through Battersea Park with a friend and his father, and a large dog ran at us barking like mad.

    We all braked to a stop but it wouldn't stop coming for us, so my friends father got off his bike and made for the dog. He started yelling at it in a voice that any drill sergeant would be proud of, and advanced on it all the time shouting at it. The dog barked back a few times but started to reverse when he got close, and eventually turned and ran back to its owner.

    I've no idea if that worked by fluke, that he managed to make him seem big and threatening enough that the dog changed its mind about being the boss, or whether that would work again.
  10. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    They should be shot.
  11. Yeah, and they should have registration plates...

    Dogs do like to chase things. But only if they run away. It's no fun chasing a stationary thing, or one that fights back. Most dogs can be quite easily out-fierced - although you shouldn't have to try. To a dog, a human waving his arms, shouting and kicking is actually pretty scary.

    The problem is that a dog barks and is aggressive to you as you go by. You ride off, and the dog thinks "right, that's seen that one off - wahey!". And every time this performance is repeated, it re-inforces the dog's behaviour.

    Owners need to train this out of the dog, perhaps by having a stooge cyclist that shouts back, or scares the dog in some way.

    (My dog quite likes bikes. Just as well, really - he shares his bedroom with several of them).
  12. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    You keep your bikes in a kennel:?::becool::biggrin::ohmy:
  13. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    This is probably best advice and certainly no fluke Jacomus!
    Stopping and greeting a chasing dog will, in the majority cases, make you a new and inquisitive friend.

    Sadly a dog that is in attack mode may not be so easily detered which is where the making of lots of noise and standing your ground is essential.

    This advice is good to instill in kids too who have a tendency to leg it in these circumstances. Keep running you are only further encouraging the dog to chase.

    T x
  14. Er, no. Ha ha. The other way round. I keep my dog in the bike shed/workshop/futility room. It's possibly the only bike shed in Yorkshire with a dog flap in the door.

    Now if I could only get the bikes to come when I whistle...
  15. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    Cyclecraft says it's the sight of rotating legs that freaks dogs out. Must be very trippy for them.
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