How do you deal with stray dogs? (1 Viewer)

  • Thread starter Deleted member 27861
  • Start date
  • Watchers 9
D

Deleted member 27861

I deleted myself
I'm curious, how do most hitchhikers deal with stray dogs? The best defenses I can think of is to either use mace, carry dog treats, or just carry around and wear a bite sleeve to use as a shield or something.

Has anyone here ever had bad encounters with stray dogs?
 
We sell all kinds of other stuff in our Etsy store!
OP
D

Deleted member 27861

I deleted myself
No..I didn't think so? I mean, run from them is one thing, I guess.
 
Last edited by a moderator:

WyldLyfe

I'm a d-bag and got banned.
Banned
Joined
Jun 3, 2019
Messages
236
Location
tasmania
It depends on the dog breed and situation, in my experience normally they are just wondering about doing there own thing, sometimes they may follow ya a bit, being friendly, then go off.

No, I don't think so. I mean, run from them is one thing, I guess.
Iv only ever ran from one stray dog and it was an angry rottweiler in an ally, cliche right?

Out in the mountains, in some areas, we have wild dogs and they are stray/abandoned dogs that have breed and actually now live in the wild like wolf packs, iv not encountered them, but I know people who have and they can be a bit aggressive at times apparently, thats something else you could possibly look into if you plan to camp out exposed in some wilderness type places, if thats a thing there, though I recall a documentary about this kinda thing happening in Detroit U.S.A aswell once.

Anyway here is a picture to help you better understand dogs behavior, I think you can click on it to enlarge it/image in new tab, there may also be more detailed ones of these online.

dog-behavior-1-1-jpg.54776
 

blank

I'm a d-bag and got banned.
Banned
Joined
Feb 25, 2019
Messages
186
Location
South
I like dogs a lot, but some people don't socialize them well then just leave them outside overnight. I really like dogs and do not enjoy hurting them. Most animals, really, I think are pretty cool. You just punt them or stomp on them, or if they've really got you, you can grab their front legs and pull them sideways really hard to break their ribs.

If one if biting your arm or whatever tho, I think you're supposed to push your arm as hard as you can to the back of their mouth where the shorter teeth are.
 
OP
D

Deleted member 27861

I deleted myself
I like dogs a lot, but some people don't socialize them well then just leave them outside overnight. I really like dogs and do not enjoy hurting them. Most animals, really, I think are pretty cool. You just punt them or stomp on them, or if they've really got you, you can grab their front legs and pull them sideways really hard to break their ribs.

If one if biting your arm or whatever tho, I think you're supposed to push your arm as hard as you can to the back of their mouth where the shorter teeth are.
Jesus all of that sounds horrible! But thanks for the techniques, I think? I mean you gotta do what you gotta do to defend yourself, though I might avoid using the rib-breaker and hope to never do it.

Well what about mace?
 

Desperado Deluxe

Wise Sage
Joined
Apr 20, 2010
Messages
1,269
Age
30
Location
San Karen AKopKaller
Website
instagram.com
You really shouldn't have to worry about strays. However you should worry about people who let their aggressive dog run the neighborhood. Know your environment. Be careful in any area where you could potentially be attacked.

Edit: the best thing you can do is not run. Face the dog if it's approaching and let it know your not going to make it easy for them. Try not to act aggressive you could potentially coax it out of attacking you. A lot of times it's a territory thing like with coywolf a mother dog is likely to attack for little to no reason or a guard dog trained to be aggressive.
Stray packs of dogs will probably only become aggressive if it's over food. Most wild animals won't risk injury because it's vital to survival.
 
Last edited:

NewMexicoJim

High mileage, good condition, needs TLC.
StP Supporter
Joined
Sep 9, 2019
Messages
29
Location
Belen, NM
Yell, throw rocks, pick up a stick, keep eye contact and back up slowly if possible. If attacked, pepper spray, pocket knife, sticks, fists, legs and feet are all weapons. Packs of wild dogs have attacked people in NM and AZ on the reservations. No advice on that happening! but I've encountered aggressive dogs and a walking stick or cane will often scare them enough to back down.
 

Coywolf

Mastering the Art of Houselessness
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Dec 12, 2014
Messages
2,200
Age
32
Location
PNW
Website
www.youtube.com
Is this a trick question
🤣🤣🤣 for real!

You really shouldn't have to worry about strays. However you should worry about people who let their aggressive dog run the neighborhood. Know your environment. Be careful in any area where you could potentially be attacked.
I have HARD AGREE with this. Watch your ass in residential neighborhoods, especially lower income ones with short fences. I think that out of everything I've ever had to worry about while traveling, its aggressive dogs. It's usually easy to avoid people (gangs, hostile locals, rednecks) but it's another story with dogs.

You have to get from one point to another in residential areas and that comes with all those peoples pets. I try to avoid alleys in residential, and walk on lit streets, down the middle, further away from the dog's 'territory' if possible.

As far as defense, I carry bear mace and a straight blade. Smileys work too. Bear spray is highly recommended for both people, and animals.

I've been attacked 5 times in my life. 3 pits, 1 Sheppard, and one chihuahua. The last time was a pit, and I had to put a blade into it, in front of an owner. Mother pit, obviously just gave birth. Ran 75 yards out of its property very agro towards me. Huge ass animal. I talked to it while facing it, softly, back away slowly. Every time I took a step back it lunged at me. I had my guitar case in my hand to block it. I was yelling at the lady 'Get your dog! Get your dog or I'm going to kill it! Perro muerto!"

She was afraid of it, she just kept saying "perro, perro va!"

The dog lunged again and bit down on my case, I sideswiped it with my blade and it took a step back, growled, whimpered and ran back to the lady. I GTFO there ASAP. That was North Shore, CA. If you are around the slabs trying to ride the bus or hitch around there, be careful. Many a property with the same potential.

This is a serious issue that I dont think many new people think about enough when out there.

As far as strays. Yes. If you are in border towns to the rez, or in the southern states near the border, this is absolutely a concern. These dogs will pack up to survive. I've heard a few stories out of Kayenta and Tuba City where drunk people have fallen asleep at the wrong time in the wrong place. I'll leave that up to your imagination.
 
OP
D

Deleted member 27861

I deleted myself
Damn maybe I SHOULD pack a BB gun, assuming it would even do anything against a pit.

I'm sorry, the story you told sounds both hilarious and tragic. "Perro! Perro va!" I'm happy you got out of it OK and I hope that lady forgave you.

I can see it now: I'm holding my rucksack like it's a buckler, and my pocket knife like it's a sword, staring down a bully.

Again I don't see how it's a trick question, especially considering I want to go to Arizona, but thanks for the tales and advice!
 

Coywolf

Mastering the Art of Houselessness
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Dec 12, 2014
Messages
2,200
Age
32
Location
PNW
Website
www.youtube.com
It's a trick question because almost every traveler ever has had to deal with aggressive dogs.

Ya, I could give a shit less about the lady forgiving me, if I would've killed that dog, I'm pretty sure the world would be a better place.

BB gun wont do anything. I'd get a knife or a smiley, and some mace of some kind, preferably for bears.
 
OP
D

Deleted member 27861

I deleted myself
I'm so green-horn. What's a smiley?
 
OP
D

Deleted member 27861

I deleted myself
okay just to clarify, this is to be done while a dog is already clamped down on some part of you..? im a little confused but mostly curious if you'd elaborate
I'm pretty sure he means as a last-ditch kill move, ha-ha ha! Ha haaaah......

Or at least I hope so.
 
OP
D

Deleted member 27861

I deleted myself
Hey speaking of aggressive dogs my dad's dog just killed a guinea today after it landed in his cage, and I was really tempted not to tell my father that it happened because I knew that if I did, he'd probably freak out and try to do something stupid like crawl his 66-year-old ass into the cage WITH the dog, and try to wrestle the bird from the dog, which is exactly what he attempted to do, but he's too damn old to even crawl into the cage.

He wanted to me to beat the dog back into its dog house while he got the guinea, but I wasn't about to hit it while it was in a cage, so I yelled at it and slammed the rake in front of him, and he cowered and stayed inside his house. Like yeah, he was going to maul that bird, but it was almost like I could sense the fear and desperation in his face.

And the entire time I'm like thinking to myself, "Well you've had the dog caged up almost all of its life, how do you expect it to behave when a fresh big bag of flying meat jumps into its cage? Like a perfectly sane and professionally trained pup?"

And that's one thing I notice a lot in the South, and I think is part of the reason why I have such mixed feelings about dogs, and part of the reason I hate the South. People around here (and elsewhere I'm sure) either:

A. Let their dogs roam free and don't train them so they can go terrorize people

or

B. They cage them up all their life like they're some sort of living alarm system rather than a living thing.

Unlike cats, which seem to be evolved to not fuck with humans and are small and smart enough to know better than to mess with anything bigger than it, that if got out of hand you could just, football punt across the yard, dogs are pretty unique and dangerous.

A dog who is raised to be a good dog is a good dog. But a dog that's either neglected or trained to be a hunter and a killer, is basically a half-breed, half-assed wolf, and wolves hunt and kill things. Including fowls and humans! Who would have thought?!

Either way I'm so done with this redneck place and getting dragged into bullshit. I'm leaving soon after I help my mom with her last church class this week.
 

WyldLyfe

I'm a d-bag and got banned.
Banned
Joined
Jun 3, 2019
Messages
236
Location
tasmania
@Coywolf ya story bout the pit reminded me years back a friend had a dog it was half pit an something else, dunno, anyway every one was in the yard hanging out an stuff, but some started playing with the dog, n hyping it up nothing bad you know just the normal playful stuff. It go quiet excited tho and ended up biting one of my friends head and ripped the bottom half of his ear off, it was hanging. Everyone thought that was funny, except for the guy who got bit, he ran out the front in a panic and slammed into some bins which had sharp metal sticking out of them and sliced his arm up too. So he ended up getting a few stitches after that. So yeah..
 

blank

I'm a d-bag and got banned.
Banned
Joined
Feb 25, 2019
Messages
186
Location
South
okay just to clarify, this is to be done while a dog is already clamped down on some part of you..? im a little confused but mostly curious if you'd elaborate
Yeah, like if they have you by the leg real good or something and you can't shake them off. Also may help to shout FATALITY afterwards.
 

roughdraft

RápidoCorrenLosCarrosRespletoLosRielesDFerrocarril
Joined
Oct 16, 2015
Messages
1,253
Location
on a plateau between the mountains and the plains
Yeah, like if they have you by the leg real good or something and you can't shake them off. Also may help to shout FATALITY afterwards.
if they have you by the leg, ok nice i gotcha now. that visual works better for me

FATALITY is good to shout but i heard if you flex your leg hard enough their teeth can pop right out
 

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

About us

  • Squat the Planet is the world's largest social network for misfit travelers. Join our community of do-it-yourself nomads and learn how to explore the world by any means necessary.

    More Info

Support StP!

Donations go towards paying our monthly server fees, adding new features to the website, and occasionally putting a burrito in Matt's mouth.

Total amount
$0.00
Goal
$100.00

Monthly Goals

  1. Paying the Bills
    $0.00 of $50.00
    The first $50 in donations go towards paying our monthly server fees and adding new features to the website. Once this goal is reached, we'll see about feeding Matt that burrito.
  2. Buy Matt a Beer
    $0.00 of $75.00
    Now that we have the bills paid for this month, let's give Matt a hearty thank you by buying him a drink for all the hard work he's done for StP. Hopefully his will help keep him from going insane after a long day of squishing website bugs.
  3. Feed Matt a Burrito
    $0.00 of $100.00
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt has a beer in his hand, how about showing him your love by rewarding all his hard work with a big fat burrito to put in his mouth. This will keep him alive while programming new features for the website.
  4. Finance the Shopping Cart
    $0.00 of $200.00
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt is fed, perhaps it's time to start planning for those twilight years under the bridge... if only he had that golden shopping cart all the oogles are bragging about these days.

About us

  • Squat the Planet is the world's largest social network for misfit travelers. Join our community of do-it-yourself nomads and learn how to explore the world by any means necessary.

    More Info

Support StP!

Donations go towards paying our monthly server fees, adding new features to the website, and occasionally putting a burrito in Matt's mouth.

Total amount
$0.00
Goal
$100.00

Forum Statistics

Threads
25,736
Messages
237,144
Members
9,401
Threads in last 24 hours
3
Messages in last 24 hours
37
Members in last 30 days
778
Latest member
CowboyDan9494