Ever been chased by dogs while riding your bike..?? This is what I always do..
Disclaimer: Although I have been always successful in my tactic against the stray dogs, one can try the same at his/her own risk.
"You are retiring home on your bike at night. On a lonely stretch of road suddenly a pack of dogs get irritated by the sight/sound of your bike and charge straight towards you.
The look on their eyes is fierce and their incisors dangerously exposed. It seems that the primitive instinct of the dogs has suddenly come alive and they just want to rip apart your limbs..!!
"Apni gali mein Kutta bhi Sher..!!"
With countless number of stray dogs roaming around on every Indian city/town/village, I am sure that most Indian bikers must have experienced this unpleasant experience sometime in his/her life.
So what do you do for self preservation in such a situation?
- Just twist the throttle and pray that you outrun the dogs?
- Or do you lift your legs from the footpegs and pray that the mongrels don't get to sink their teeth in your flesh?
Before I reveal my "100% effective so far for me" solution for such a situation, let's try to understand..
Why do dogs sometimes chase a moving bike/vehicle?
"Apni gali mein Kutta bhi Sher!" goes a popular saying in Hindi, which means that "A dog thinks that it is the king (lion) in its territory".
Dogs are territorial animals and by chasing moving bikes, they are just trying to cement/show who the boss in its territory is. A moving bike gives them the impression that the bike/biker is scared and trying to run away from it.
So what does one do in such a situation?
Just show the dogs who the boss is..!! If some dogs try to chase me while I am riding a bike, this is what i always do..
1. I just hit the rear brakes as hard as I can so that the bike stops with a screeching noise. This startles the dogs and they just freeze on their tracks.
2. I usually just don't stop at that, but get off my bike and try to pick up a few stones or just pretend that I am picking up stones from the road. On seeing that you might be picking up some stones, the dogs will just run for cover.
Sometimes I even turn the tables on the poor unsuspecting dogs and start chasing them on my bike..!!
Warning: The above ploy has always worked for me in frightening and chasing away Indian stray dogs. But I don't how effective the same strategy would work for exotic breeds like German Shepherds and Dobermans.
But then I don't see a German Shepherd or a Doberman ever roaming around like a stray on our harsh Indian roads/climate..!!
So have you ever been chased by dogs while riding a bike?
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