Running troubles

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    Aug 24, 2007 12:19 AM GMT
    Lately I've taken to jogging around my neighborhood for my cardio and today happened one of the worst things I can imagine.

    I was nearing the home stretch when I noticed a couple of dogs harrassing this old guy mowing his lawn. I thought the dogs were his so I didnt pay it much attention. That is to say, until the dogs set their sights on me.

    So here I am backing away towards my house from this pack of four small to mid-size dogs. I worry inwardly for a bit but when things took a turn for the worst, that same old guy came to my rescue with a blunt object.

    He didnt hit the dogs, he just led them away from me. I yelled my thanks and dashed home. The problem is, I don't really plan on running around anymore. So I was wondering how you guys handle dog problems when you go for runs. ( ie: I a stick or an airhorn)

    It would be much appreciated, since going to a gym isn't an option for me yet.
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    Aug 24, 2007 3:32 AM GMT
    Also, don't take me too seriously. I was writting this on adrenaline...-_-
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    Aug 24, 2007 4:05 AM GMT
    I have constant problems with dogs.

    Or, rather, I have constant problems with dog owners. I can't tell you how many times I have heard "he's friendly" as a snarling, lunging dog approaches me.

    Even if the dog doesn't attack, it's startling to see teeth bared and barking when you don't expecct it.

    In three cases, such "friendly" dogs actually either bit me or ripped my running shorts.

    When I am on the street, and a dog is getting aggressive, one thing that seems to work all the time is shouting...I mean REALLY shouting "HOME...."

    (By the way, this is partial insight into why I am a cat person...) :-)

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    Aug 24, 2007 11:53 AM GMT
    I dont have problem with dog while running, because I do it in a large public park where so many other jogger is there. But I do have problem while cycling. You see, I enjoy a late nite cycling around my neighbourhood and to have some variety to my exercise program.

    One night a pack of dogs (maybe 5 of them) start barking and chasing me. They are really fast , faster that me cycling. Lucky that I was going toward downhill and the gravity kinda help me to get away. It really make me scare to ride again. I cant imagine what will happen if I fall from my bicycle. And 5 of them on top of me tearing me to pieces. This dog start pursuing me without warning, in the blink of the eyes they are behind you.

    I will appreciated any advise how to handle dog. I change my route often but you never know ..
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    Aug 24, 2007 11:40 PM GMT
    my sister got bit by a stray dog while running, but that was in texas. here in nyc we don't really have stray dogs. when i run it's crowds of people that get in my way.
    i have my own dogs, one of whom comes running with me sometimes, but he's very well behaved and a serious athlete of course ;)
    i don't know what i'd do -- maybe reak out some kinda dog whisperer mojo?
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    Aug 25, 2007 12:54 AM GMT
    Most dogs I've encountered will lay off if you give them a loud, angry "NO," or "GO HOME." Once or twice, I had to resort to whacking one with the frame pump. In the past, I've had a couple of dogs along my various routes that always raced me from one end of their property to the other, but in a good-natured way, even if they sometimes barked.

    One of my dogs has this thing about other people running. She's getting better, but she used to bark in her "sheep herding voice" whenever she saw somebody running. "Hey, you! Slow down!." They'll both also race you for a quarter mile, if you bike or drive along my fence line, but joggers are beneath them. But they don't cross the fence, ever. My brother's dogs (hulking malma-mutt crosses) actually set up an ambush at the stop sign, one summer and terrorized people. They LOVED it when people were scared of them. Finally, even my brother was finally convinced that it was time to get them neutered.

    Say... there's an idea... Some kind of an instant dog-neutering tool!

    On second thought, maybe we'd better not let that one on the market...