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There’s nothing quite like a leisurely stroll on your motorcycle through your local neighborhood. It’s nice to be able take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and just spend time on your bike. Sometimes, unexpected encounters may occur on walks like these.
It’s not uncommon for a motorcyclist to get chased by a dog, especially in residential areas. If you’re a seasoned rider, you’ve probably already experienced this yourself. It can be frightening and difficult to decide what to do in such a situation.
How do you handle a dog that chases you while riding a motorcycle? To avoid collision with a dog, slow down if you’re being chased by one while you ride a motorcycle. If it looks like the dog is going to intercept with you, speed up just before interception to throw off the dog’s timing. You should not kick the animal. This can cause your balance to be lost on your motorcycle.
Knowing that this could happen while you ride can cause stress. You probably don’t necessarily want to have a lot of practice with this, but knowing what to do beforehand can save you and your motorcycle from injury.
How to avoid contact with dogs while riding on your motorcycle
Having a pet is meant to be something that’s enjoyed. Some pet owners don’t know how to properly train their pets, and this can lead to a disastrous situation for both the dog and their owners.
Dogs chasing motorcycles is nothing new and unfortunately some owners don’t do anything about it. It can be a very scary situation if you’re the one being chased. This can result in a confrontation with the owner.
Getting chased by a dog while riding is most common in residential neighborhoods, though it’s not unheard of to be chased on busier street. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation If a dog chases you from behind, or you feel that you are likely to be confronted by an aggressive dog that is ready to attack, slow down.
Some dogs still don’t get the concept of what motorcycles are and will run right in front of the motorcycle tires. This situation can be controlled by slowing down.
If you feel the dog is going in for you, it could be that the dog is going after you. You must speed up immediately before interception occurs. This will throw off the dog’s timing and give you a head start if the dog decides to continue to pursue you.
If the dog seems aggressive, it may help if you’re far enough away to put your motorcycle in neutral and do a high rev. It is likely that the loud sound will scare the dog.
You should not use that street again while riding your motorcycle. If it a road that you have to use frequently and you notice the dog(s) keep chasing you, you’ll need to have a discussion with the owner and request they keep their dogs locked up. If the owners have not done anything to help you, You are required to contact animal control.
Talk with the dog owner. Be polite but firm when you ask. You can report the problem to animal control if it doesn’t get resolved.
It can be difficult to talk with aggressive dog owners. You may be taken offended by what you say or find it threatening. If they have another encounter with their dog, and their dog is hurt, they might claim that you threatened to harm their dog if you talk to them again.
Take a witness if you plan to talk to the owner. You should also keep a recorder in your pocket so that you can capture the conversation between you, the dog owner, and the dog. You have both a witness and a recording in case the owner attempts to sue you.
What to do if you get bit
When you’re riding a motorcycle, there is no guarantee of safety. You could end up being attacked or bit even if your safety procedures are followed.
There’s not way to completely prevent this, even if you are the safest rider out there. You can take steps to protect yourself and the public if your dog bites or attacks you while riding.
You should immediately seek medical attention if you are bitten or attacked. Every dog owner should give their dog a rabies shot. So not only will you need to get your wounds professionally dressed, you’ll also need to get checked for rabies.
You can call the police once you receive the appropriate medical attention. This is an important enough problem for authorities. You’ll give a description of what happened to the police and the police will directly contact the owner. You can also file charges against the owner and have any damages paid by them.
If the police receive multiple complaints about the same dog they have the right to seize the dog from its owner. Although it may seem inhumane, this is a matter of public safety. If their dog attacks you, they’re likely to attack other people riding or walking by such as children or the elderly.
You don’t have to call the authorities. You can contact your veterinarian if you prefer. You will notify the police if this happens again. You will have to pay for your own medical bills if you choose this route.
What to do when your dog is hurt
If you’re caught in a situation where a dog is chasing you, it may result in the dog getting hurt. As a disclaimer, you should never actually try to run the dog over if you’re getting chased. It can result in a messy legal battle.
There are situations when you can’t do anything and your dog runs in front of one of the tires. Notify the owner immediately if your dog is hurt. Be cordial, but firm in your confrontation with the dog. If you had a neighbor, or another rider, you should have them speak to the owner as a witness.
You will need to take the same steps in the dog is injured to the point where they can’t move or if the dog seems unconscious. Doing a hit and run with a dog, even if it wasn’t your fault, can result is police charges as well as a lawsuit from the owner.
If you’re unsure of who the owner is, ask around to some of the homeowners close by. If they’re not sure who the dog belongs to, contact the police and let them know what happened. They should be capable of helping you locate the owner.
Why Do Dogs Chase Motorcycles
Poor training and care by the owner are the main reasons a dog chases after a motorcycle. When a dog is well trained, they should not be chasing any vehicles; if they’re chasing vehicles, they’re probably chasing people, too.
Most neighborhoods and cities don’t allow dog owners to let their dogs walk around freely. Dogs should be either leashed or fenced in the owner’s yard. If a dog chases you on a motorcycle, that is poor care on the owner’s part.
Dogs are generally people-pleasers who love being with humans. However, there are a few breeds which have higher territorial instincts. When a motorcycle drives by, an untrained dog may see your motorcycle as threat and go after you to defend it’s territory.
Other dogs may simply chase out of playfulness and don’t have any intention of attacking; they simply like the reason to run a long distance. But it’s hard to know exactly what a dog’s intentions are while it’s chasing you on a motorcycle, so always take the right steps to avoid any type of injury to make sure you get out of the situation safely.
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