What to do when a dog chases you during your EKS ride?
We all had that moment where we see a pack of dogs waiting in front of you. At the back of your head, you are thinking, should you go head-on towards them or go back and pick a new route? You are left clueless not knowing what to do. Just so you know, it's also a survival skill to know how to deal with dogs so let's discuss how we should handle these scenarios.
To simply put, it's their defense mechanism in protecting themselves or the territory they live in. They bark/chase you as a show of intimidation. Common examples you see are houses with dogs running loose in the garage and by passing through, you'd get a loud bark even for doing nothing.
You can't really blame them since it's their natural instinct and every dog behaves on how domesticated they are. The assumption is we are not in control of the dog's feelings therefore, it's best to act accordingly to how we feel towards the situation. They could either be playful or defensive so it's hard to tell.
If people on the streets find it odd to see you riding an EKS, what more for dogs? Curiosity will lead them to approach you if not to intimidate. The more likely they will be attracted if you have neon lights glowing on your scoot
Dogs can run as much as 25KPH. That means if you're using an entry-level scooter, dogs can keep up with your pace. What's risky is since it runs at-par with entry-level scooters, dogs can potentially reach your legs, causing you to fall on the ground and being feasted.
Dogs can also keep up to a minute while maintaining the said speed so if you plan to outpace with an entry-level scooter, you will have to wait as far as that duration to make them tired. If you are, however, using dual motor-powered scooters, outpacing shouldn't be a problem but be mindful of your surroundings especially if you are on narrow roads with frequent turns.
Step 1: Slow down to prevent collision
Step 2: Do NOT look directly in their eyes. That would attract more provocation to the dog
Step 3: If you have a horn, blow it before you arrive at the dog. Dogs may feel scared when hearing a horn sound. There are certain sounds that would enable them to run away but in general, a loud horn might contribute to repelling them.
You can look at these videos to see how it works:
Step 4: If the dog still chases you, just keep a steady pace
However, if you feel like they are a threat and you can't outpace them, you can dismount at your scooter and just walk. That way, they would feel you're less of a threat.
In any case you plan to outpace them, do NOT kick them.
We do not wish this to happen to anyone but this is something worth discussing. Even if you are the safest rider, if the dog feels like raging around you, you could end up getting bitten. Every dog is different and we cannot assume they have taken their anti-rabies shots.
If you are near home, immediately clean it with soap and water then go to the nearest clinic to treat it. If you are nowhere near home, head straight to the nearest clinic for medical attention. Do NOT delay your treatment so that rabies inside your body does not spread further. We'll assume there is rabies since it's hard to take chances. Have it checked with your doctor the soonest.
Once your health is good, you can report the incident to the police. You can file a complaint to barangays (barrios) and have the dog rescinded from the owner (if owned). I know this might sound mean but you should be concerned about others as well who could be potential victims. It's public safety. The fact that you got bitten means there is a lacking part of the owner in taming the dog.
Should you wish not to proceed to police complaints, you can settle the situation between you and the owner, given that they promise to tame the dog and to never make these incidents happen.
If you feel traumatized from that route, it's best to avoid it on your next visit. You'd want to save all the trouble when going to places and a dog encounter could be a hit or miss to another accident.
If you always frequent that route, you'll need to contact the owners. If those are stray dogs lying around, you'll need to call on local authorities to help you deal with it.
Personally, during the days on my entry-level scoot, I encounter dogs on the roads I frequent in. Since I get chased around more often, I went through all the homeowners' doorstep to inform them to keep their dogs running loose. It even came a time they were the reason that deterred me from using my scoot. Fortunately, the dogs are in their place after that. What's funny is I upgraded my scoot weeks after and that gave me more peace of mind should a dog chase happen.
Another thing you can do is to install a horn if you don't have any. This is used not only for dogs but as an early warning to things in front of you like cars. I can't tell how much horns have helped me with last-minute incidents so personally, I'd recommend investing in one.
At the end of the day, dogs behave based on their influence from the environment and we should not antagonize them due to certain behaviors. Every dog is unique so let's instead, look on the bright side of how cute they are.