What is the best way to confront an on-the-loose dog while jogging? The other day I was approached by a barking German Shepherd mix and was left looking like an idiot while half yelling, "Niiiice doggie, niiice doggie." The thing was five feet away and kept walking toward me while I slowly backed up to a parked car and walked to the other side for protection. I stood there until he left. My jogging route goes past a few pit bulls behind fences and all this made me realize how vulnerable I could be in future situations. W/out carrying mace or a weapon, what's the best tactic to use against a charging dog and also the best method for dealing with a frightened dog who is not attacking, but looks like it wants to? Thanks.