• Personal Injury

    Posted on May 21st, 2010

    Written by sslates


    dog attackThe classic image of a bicyclist pedaling away with dogs at his heels is likely to be seen more and more in California as the summer progresses. Bicycling season is here, and there’ll be more numbers of persons enjoying the warm California weather on two wheels. Unfortunately, there will also be unwanted canine friends huffing and puffing away for the ride.

    It’s hard to understand why one dog will chase a cyclist, while another will ignore one. Some dogs may simply be trying to protect their territory. ┬áMany dogs chasing bicyclists are harmless, and just want to play. Other dogs may actually be aggressive, and want to harm you. It’s not always easy to tell what kind of dog is following you as you ride.

    A dog bite attorney in Los Angeles recommends the following steps to help you get that pesky animal off your heels:

    • Try shouting at the dog. Loud noise may frighten it.
    • Yelling serves another important purpose. If the owner of the dog is around, he may hear you, and come to your help.
    • If the dog is a small animal and doesn’t look too harmless, stop the bicycle. Once the bicycle is stopped, the dog will lose all interest in following you, and go back to whatever it was doing.
    • Get off your bicycle or walk home. The animal may decide to follow you for some distance, but will ultimately lose interest.
    • If you’re handy with a bicycle and have a water bottle, squirt water into the dog’s face. Obviously it will take some acrobatic bicycling to accomplish this feat, but it could help get the dog off your back. In fact, some bicyclists prefer to carry water mixed with some vinegar in a water bottle, just for this very purpose. The vinegar will irritate the dog’s eyes just enough to stop it from following you.
    • If the dog is getting really aggressive and may harm you, pepper spray will help. Every girl’s best friend also works for man’s best friend. Don’t spray around you, or blindly into the air.
    • Of course, none of these tactics may help if it’s a pack of dogs that’s chasing you. This is a dangerous situation, and you must not stop or get off your bike at any point. In a situation like this, the best idea for you may be to pedal as fast as you can.
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