if i’m training i don’t want to stop… normally you can sneak past if you’re going fast, it’s the few times the dog sees you before you get to a point where you are no longer a threat to his territory that are a pain. i know people say to slow down and befriend the dog, and that does work for me sometimes, but at 40kmh+ especially downhill there is often no time or inclination to slow down. still, in a pack situation, many of them just will not be befriended; they are showing off to each other more than really caring about me, i guess.
downhill or flat i can outpace any dog but going up a 10-15% hill most dogs can outrun me, especially if i’ve been out for a while already. regardless, hitting a dog at any speed is dangerous for me, the dog and the bike. i don’t enjoy spending 10,000 to replace a wheel tacoed by a dog crash, let alone mending broken bones in my hands or arms from falling at speed.
i have sprayed my water bottle at them successfully in the past. the pump can help as a club, if you can get it out fast enough. i have had to resort to a kick a couple of times here, but that is not very safe for the rider clipped in to his/her pedals. (by the time physical violence is required to protect me, i am not interested in the dog’s welfare any more). but any action that makes you stop in the middle of a pack of territorial dogs is asking for more trouble than speeding past, if possible, IMHO.
i am hassled most on backroads behind NeiHu, or between SiJhir and PingXi, places with many small tea farms and dumps/quarries, and few cars. some angry dogs i encounter in the same places all the time. some attacks are from unexpected quarters!