you take a big heavy stick with you next time.
And when the dog comes at you, you charge straight at it wielding the stick at the dog, whack it hard if you can get close enough.
This is most effective, dogs learn quick and remember well, especially when you hit them hard. It has worked twice for me and both times when the dog has seen me coming subsequently it has skulked off and kept quiet.
Why does the dog have to be Russian? Racist! :)
The people are Russian. They yell at it and hit it when it doesn't obey them. I feel sorry for the dog, but at the same time it's the size of a wolf and terrifying.
Yeah, I was wondering how you know. Distinctive barking accent?
I thought maybe it just looked like Balter...
Unless you can justify that your action was in self-defense, whacking a dog hard with a big stick would be a felony in Connecticut.
The fact that a dog's owners are incompetent human beings is not, by itself, considered sufficient reason to hit the dog. Or the humans.
If it is anything like Balter, it is just friendly anyway.
What about a squirt in the eyes with sports drink? Also a felony?
Great opportunity to practice for the canadian champs
I encountered a bear on the long course at Canadian champs a couple years ago. It wasn't aggressive but a bit too close for comfort. More so perhaps because I didn't see it until someone else pointed it out, in the direction I had just come from. (!)
Dogs: if the owner isn't properly training or restraining the dog then someone else has to. Document your encounters and contact authorities. Give them the history and insist that the dog be restrained or removed. And take steps to defend yourself if necessary. Spray or big stick. The dog's right to enjoy himself does not end at the skin on your leg. It ends at a distance that is comfortable for you.
whacking a dog with a stick would be a felony, but you could probably shoot it and no-one would bat an eyelid !