Q&A: How should I deal with aggressive dogs?

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Diane from Canada:

I had two large dogs charge me from 50 yards away yesterday while off leash and no owner in sight. I got off my bike immediately and put it as a barrier between me and the dogs but I was worried that one could circle around me. Ten yards away one of the dogs veered off and got distracted by something else so it took off. The second one kept coming but then three seconds later it followed the first one and away they went running down the street in another direction.

One friend says I should have been submissive and not looked them in the eye; the other said I should have roared at them and been as aggressive back. Both own dogs so I don’t know who to believe. I am a short, 54 year old woman.

How should I deal with aggressive dogs?

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