Ex Animo wrote:Avoiding eye contact is great, and you should keep doing that, and also narrow your eyes as though sleepy, and look down at the ground as though interested in something there, as this is what a dog will do to appease another dog that could be seen as a threat. Stand still, tall, and confident, and just imagine to yourself that everything is cool and you're just standing your ground. It's actually best not to walk away until the dog does. They have a very short attention span and will soon lose interest in you and start to walk away. When you do the same, it's wise to back away, so that you can see (out of the corner of your eye) if the dog is approaching again, in which case you just stop again and repeat as above.
If you do this every time you go past the same dog, you should notice that the dog will stop coming out to challenge you anyway.
If the dog should get too close, take a look at the head. High or low, the dog means no harm, but if straight out, kind of like a border collie herding sheep, then you should take (calm) action. Hold something between you and the dog, such as a newspaper or umbrella, and you'll be amazed at how this diffuses the situation as the dog backs away. Give a short, sharp, deep, fourth tone, confident 'Ah!' and the dog will stop (I've used this to stop an aggressive dog I had on leash jumping up to bite my face). You could also try shouting 'Sit" or 'Down' in Chinese.
I've done this sort of thing many times (as I recall, you've posted this advice before) and it works. Every time.
There probably are
a few incorrigibly psychotic dogs out there. Just like the human variant, they're usually like that because they've been abused. They ought to be caught and put down. It's the kindest thing for all concerned. The rest of them are just being dogs, and, as Ex Animo says, have a pretty short attention span. There's one near my house that will often make "aggressive" moves on passers-by, but it turns out he's just bored (or possibly a bit 'tarded) and wants to play; if you stop and make a fuss of him, he goes all silly and doggy again.
Yeah, yeah, sure, you can
set up a government department for stray control, pay them a shitload of tax revenue, and have them incessantly rounding up and killing dogs until the end of time. That's the "modern" way of doing things: set up a fundamentally-flawed system that requires Sisyphean efforts to keep it going, and throw money and energy it. Or, we humans - who are supposedly the more intelligent species - can do what Ex Animo suggested, which costs precisely nothing in money or lives. Perhaps we can also do something about the culture that causes the problem in the first place.