A while back I posted about a dog encounter on my run, along with my tips for those situations. This morning I got to use my own advice again.
It was early this morning. Still dark. I was 3 miles into my 5 miler. All of the sudden about 20 yards in front of me these two loose dogs that I hadn’t seen in the darkness just went nuts barking at me.
I immediately paused
my gps watch running. But I did not run away. Whosever house I was in front of had left their trash and recycling bins by the sidewalk for collection. I began pounding on the bins to make loud noises. I yelled at the dogs in a loud deep voice.
One was obviously the leader, and the other stayed behind him. I did not pay the other any attention, I focused on the leader.
Now they didn’t immediately retreat, but they did stop in their tracks. We had a good ole fashioned stand off for a few minutes (or at least it seemed like). Neither of us budged…they kept barking and I kept yelling at them and banging on the bin. I’m sure I must’ve woke up some of the neighbors. I did not care. I was secretly hoping to wake up the owners of the dogs (if they lived in one of the houses there).
I then took my jacket up in my arms stretched over my head to make myself look bigger. I started to take steps toward them, and the leader held strong. The other dog backed up some into the street, and luckily a car came from behind it that spooked it. When I took more steps, the other dog ran off. Then the leader finally submitted when I took a few aggressive steps toward them. I picked up a newspaper to throw at them, but after a defiant final bark, he retreated with the other.
I waited a few seconds to make sure they didn’t return, dropped the paper, and ran in another direction.
I’ve encountered countless dogs on my runs, but this was the first time I faced a pair. They definitely took longer to back down, but they did.
I know I’ve asked this before, but what do you do when confronting a hound? Ever come across a pack? Ever banged on a neighbor’s trash can at 6 am?