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Why People Hate Your Dog
Since you’re here on this site, then you are most likely a dog lover. At the very least, you probably have a mild interest in dogs. Well, this might come as a shock, but not everyone loves dogs. In fact, some people downright despise dogs.
We’re never going to change the minds of some people. Certain people are going to keep hating dogs no matter what we do. And that’s their prerogative. However, some non-dog-lovers might be swayed if they can see that dogs can actually be wonderful creatures.
How... do we change some minds? We can start by acting like responsible dog owners and respecting others. We can have good manners and teach good manners to our dogs. If we choose not to be responsible and respectful, then we are only giving dogs and their owners a bad name.
Even as a dog lover, I can still admit that certain dogs and their owners drive me crazy! Here’s why some people really, really don’t like dogs. Are you guilty of any of these offenses?Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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You Don’t Pick Up After Your Dog
It sounds simple, but some people still don’t do it. Just pick up your dog’s poop! Stepping in dog poop is seriously disgusting and annoying. Respect your neighbors and help keep your community clean. Pick up your dog’s poop -- every single time.
Bring poop bags wherever you go with your dog. Consider a nice little poop bag holder that attaches to the leash. That way you’ll always have bags handy. If you forget or run out of bags, try asking another dog owner for a bag. Worst case scenario, come... back with a bag as soon as possible to pick up your dog’s mess.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Your Dog Barks Excessively
Yes, dogs will bark. Sometimes the barking is useful to alert us to danger or to scare off a threat. However, excessive barking is a problem. Your neighbors do not need to hear your dog barking on and on. This really should be common sense. Your barking dog is noise pollution! Please don't leave a dog outside to bark at the whole neighborhood. It's not fair to the dog or the community. Bring your dog inside. Work on training to teach your dog when barking is appropriate.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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You Don’t Have Control of Your Dog
It's pretty frustrating to watch someone struggle with an unruly dog. It's even worse to be the person who has to deal with someone else's out-of-control dog. When dogs lunge and yank the leash on walks, it can upset other dogs (and also people who are afraid of dogs). When they bounce around and act hyperactive, it affects everyone around them.
Is your dog properly trained? Make sure your dog knows how to behave well on walks and around all kinds of people (including kids). Be... certain you have verbal control of your dog before letting him off the leash. That brings us to the next topic . . .Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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You Let Your Dog Roam Off-Leash
Dogs don't belong off-leash in public unless it is permitted by law and in an enclosed area. First of all, it's simply not safe to let your dog roam free. Secondly, it's invasive to other people. Your neighbors should not have to worry about your dog trampling their plants, chasing their cats and generally terrorizing them. Sure, your dog may be friendly, but how can other people know that? If your dog is out and about running towards people in the neighborhood, people are going to... get scared. Even if you are right there with your obedient off-leash dog, it's still a bad idea. You can never be sure of how other animals or people will react to your off-leash dog.
Please keep your dog on a leash in public. If you are in a safe and legal off-leash area, make sure you have excellent verbal control (especially a good recall).Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Your Dog Invades the Personal Space of Others
Not everyone wants to pet your dog. Many people are annoyed by a dog that is jumping up, licking, pawing, crotch-sniffing, begging or otherwise invading their personal space. People will not want to enter your home if your dog accosts them every time they come over. And they certainly won't be inviting you to bring your dog to their homes.
Teach your dog how to behave around other people, whether at your home or away. Your dog will be welcome in many more places if he is calm, gentle and... well-socialized. Until he has some self-control through training, you would be better off keeping him in the crate when company comes over and letting him stay home when you visit friends or family.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Your Dog Destroys Property
Some dogs are destructive. They might chew furniture, shoes or other items. They also might dig up gardens and flower beds. Destructive behavior may be caused by fear, anxiety (such as separation anxiety) or simply restless energy. However, when your dog destroys property belonging to other people, you have a real problem on your hands.
Have respect for the property of others. If you have a destructive dog, it's probably best to keep your dog crated when you're not home, especially if... you live with other people. Your destructive dog should not be brought to others' homes or allowed to enter other people's yards. Seek the help of a veterinarian, behaviorist, or trainer who can get to the root of your dog's destructive behavior and offer possible solutions.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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You Bring Your Dog to Inappropriate Places
Sorry, but dogs are not welcome everywhere. Unless you have a legitimate service dog, your dog will not be allowed in many places, such as restaurants, stores, and airplanes. Please don't try to sneak your dog in or pretend your pet dog is a service animal. This only hurts those people who really need their service animals present. Instead, seek out dog-friendly businesses where your dog will be welcome and allowed to act like a dog.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Your Dog is a Brat at the Dog Park
The dog park is not the right place for every dog. Before bringing your dog to an off-leash dog park, familiarize yourself with some basic dog park etiquette. Make sure your dog gets along well with other dogs. Be certain you have good verbal control of your dog. Remove your dogs if he exhibits bullying behavior or is otherwise not playing nice. And for goodness' sake, please watch your dog at all times!Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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You Don’t Take Responsibility for Your Dog’s Mistakes
Accidents happen. Dogs destroy property. They get into fights. Some even bite people. If your dog is involved in an unfortunate incident, it's not the time to lay blame on others. Be honest and accept the fair share of responsibility. You might need to fork over the cash to replace someone's expensive rug or cover another dog's vet bills. Do your best to prevent incidents, but be prepared to step up if something does happen. The worst thing you can do it to act like your dog is a... perfect angel when everyone else knows darn well that the incident was your dog's fault.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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You Won’t Stop Talking About Your Dog
I get it, you adore your dog. I love my dog too. But remember that not everyone wants to hear you go on and on about how your dog "did the cutest thing" or how smart/sweet/silly/amazing your dog is. They might not want to see 17 photos of your adorable pooch. This especially applies to non-dog lovers. Non-parents often feel the same way about people who won't stop talking about their kids. Take a moment to think about the people you're talking to before you tell endless doggie... tales. You might just decide to find a new group of friends who are more dog-centric and who definitely want to check out your dog's photos.