I have been lucky enough not to have had any bad encounters with dogs. Btw, dogs that are not strays but just got out of their yard can be equally dangerous, so I wouldn't only focus on strays. Most strays just tend to be scared and not want any human contact. I try to be nice, but they tend to run off. In preparing for new adventures, I've watched a ton of bicycle touring videos. Sometimes neighborhood dogs will chase cyclists. And that's why many cyclists carry pepper spray. But of course they don't use it unless they feel truely threatened. Most dogs only chase for a few minutes and then they get tired out. And the dogs that chased the cyclists in the videos were not strays. They were hanging out in their front yard and decided to run after the cyclists. In fact, whenever I heard of a pit bull attack, the pit bull is not a stray dog but instead is a dog that has an owner who apparently has not trained and taken care of their dog very well. I think the only time I would be worried about a stray dog posing a threat to safety is if they appeared rabid. In that case, get indoors away from that dog and call 911 because they are an immediate danger to public safety. And here's a sweet story regarding strays. I was selling jewelry in San Antonio, TX. SA has a big stray population. Too many people who don't take care of their animals. A few of them had gotten together and were buddies looking out for each other. My kids and I got some tacos at Jack in the Box and gave it to them. They scarfed it down. We went back into Jack in the Box and orderec more and told the dude we were giving it to some stray dogs that were hanging out around the bank next door. The guy pitched in extra tacos. The cute dogs had a good night that night.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?