I was talking with a prospective client in Coconut Creek the other day and he was telling me that one of the reasons he wanted to get an out of sight dog fence containment system was to keep his dogs from getting out and chasing bikes. They lived on a corner and their back yard was right by the street. I told him that our Dog Guard dog fence training process would keep the dogs contained in the back yard.
“Well, that is going to be great”, he said. “But what can I do when I am riding my bike and my neighbor’s dog gets out and chases me? I don’t want to be bitten!” Half joking, I told him to give his neighbor our card. I went on to explain what the dog vs bicycle interaction really entails.
Our dogs love to play “tag, you are it”. When we ride past dogs on our bikes, they chase us, and we speed up, we are encouraging the idea of “tag, you are it”. Here is what you do:
- If you are on your bike and you are approaching a dog or a bunch of dogs, slow down to a “crawl”. Peddle as little as possible. Look straight ahead and proceed past them in a very slow, calm, non-engaging manner. The dogs should read your “body language” as “I don’t want to play” and ignore you completely.
- If the dog or dogs start to run after you, slow down and stop. You have taken away the “I want to play” language from your movements. The dog(s) should come up to you, possibly perform a slight sniff, and then return to where they were sitting.
- If the dog(s) approach you in an aggressive manner (barking, showing of teeth, jumping), stop and get off your bike. Use the bike as a shield between you and the dogs. Always keep the bike between you and the dogs. Call for the owner to retrieve the dogs.
I have ridden my bike past a large number of dogs and have used these techniques and my bike rides have always been enjoyable. If you have any questions about this, dog training, or Dog Guard Out of Sight Fences, please contact us through The Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers in Coconut Creek and South Florida.