Here are some of my pet peeves (I realize people have the *right* to do some of these things, they're just things that annoy me
- People who want to keep their dogs penned up away in one room of the house from the people, sometimes including my dog when he visits them, during social occasions. Hello, dogs are social creatures, too. They want to socialize with the humans. And, to me, dogs whining from the next room with the see-through door is much more disruptive to my eating than them seating by my feet or wandering around the table. We'd all be happier with the dogs in the room, dogs included.
- People who give me dirty looks if my dog is urinating on their bushes or something. He's a dog, we can't clean up urine, and it goes into the soil pretty quick or comes off with rain. Deal.
- People who pre-emptively question me in a hostile way about whether I "have bags" to clean up dog poop when in fact I do have the bags in my pocket and am not using them when asked because my dog is not pooping
. Mind your own business. I might feel differently if he were pooping and I were clearly just walking away, but that doesn't happen. In 2 1/2 years, there have been probably two occasions where I haven't cleaned up after my dog, and both of those were because I had three bags and he pooped a fourth time or something inexplicably. One time I forgot bags and actually went back to get one and bring it back to the scene of the crime, so to speak, to pick stuff up.
- People who toss their chicken bones all over the grass. We live near a place that sells chicken and this is a real issue. It's like a minefield since my dog loves chicken bones and they can potentially kill him. I have to sometimes pull them out of his mouth.
- People who look at me like I'm evil monster if my dog gets out of control and I have to be firm with him. Yeah, if he's grabbing the leash in his mouth and yanking too and fro and bumping me and jumping and/or barking and growling, I might have to raise my voice, pull on the leash, or lightly put my hand over his snout to correct him (First I try gently asking him to calm down or giving him a sit command or something, but it doesn't always work). That's not abusive, that's correcting the dog before he winds up getting one of us hurt (me by pulling my arm out of it's socket [I have gotten shoulder sprains from it before] or him by jumping around and possibly getting run over by a car because he's not paying attention- sometimes he's trying to "play" very close to the road and trying to jump into it). I'll try to have a gentle conversation with him first and get him to resume the walk, and acknowledge that he's excited and I understand, but sometimes he gets so hyped up that I can't get his attention that way and eventually have to raise my voice or something. We can play at home (I love a good game of fetch and don't mind wrestling with him a little indoors), and do, but walk time is not play time.
One thing I don't mind much that other people mind:
- Dogs off leash. As long as they are small, it's a non-issue to me. I had one run up to us and make an aggressive snarl yesterday or the day before. Neither of us really cared. My dog just doesn't feel threatened by small dogs, he looks at them condescendingly like "Awww, the small puppy-like thing thinks it's being threatening". The only caveat there is if my on-leash dog injures or maims (This has never actually happened) your aggressive off-leash dog, don't go trying to get me in trouble with the cops or the SPCA or something- I'm following the law, you're not, my dog has the right to defend himself.