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post #31 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 06:03 AM
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I usually tell me guests, my dogs have very sensitive stomachs and they can't eat table scraps. Family, I also tell, if they feed my dogs unauthorized treats, they are responsible for cleaning up the resulting mess. That is usually enough to stop them.
I also mention that it costs several hundred dollars for veterinary treatment and medications, blood tests to rule out pancreatitis, etc, and I will be asking them for reimbursement.
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My pet peeve that hasn't been mentioned is seeing an overweight dog. Some people think it's "fun or cute," to be giving so many treats to dogs. Irresponsible on the owners part just as all of the other important posts already mentioned on this thread.
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My pet peeve is the dogs that are allowed to run loose around the neighborhood. It's a small community where I live. The closest dog park is almost 2 hours away. It seems like there are too many irresponsible dog owners. I am very thankful for this forum. It has given me so much info and helped me so much with my Isabella.
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I also mention that it costs several hundred dollars for veterinary treatment and medications, blood tests to rule out pancreatitis, etc, and I will be asking them for reimbursement.
Thanks, I will have to remember this. Although usually the ick factor is enough to stop them. The worst offender is my dad's wife, who unfortunately doesn't believe the rules apply to her. However, I think the dog hair is getting to her, at Thanksgiving she was complaining, loud and long, that there was dog hair on her outfit. I told her the dogs lived here and she didn't, and while they had no issues sharing their home, she did not have to come over if she didn't like their living conditions.
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How about owners with dogs that bark all day long and I mean all day and do nothing about it.

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Sonny, the black lab, ran ahead to make sure there were no gophers or jackrabbits in the way. If you don't give a dog a specific job, he'll improvise one for himself and it will invariably be fun. There's a lesson there.

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My pet peeve that hasn't been mentioned is seeing an overweight dog. Some people think it's "fun or cute," to be giving so many treats to dogs. Irresponsible on the owners part just as all of the other important posts already mentioned on this thread.
I agree! It's sad to see overweight dogs. I have to add though that it bothers me when those owners with fat dogs say "oh he's a skinny dog" or something along those lines (usually in a negative tone) about my dog. I'm like we'll he's healthy and has less chance of getting arthritis unlike your poor dog. :/


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People who in the Summer when it is 75 plus degrees out leave there pet in the car while they shop!! I actually bring it up to my customers where I work when I see them do it. I do not care if they get mad at me if by chance it makes them THINK ABOUT IT.
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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.

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I thought of another one today. I live minutes from an old farm that the next town over "saved" from development and turned it into a beautiful walking area where leashed dogs are welcome. Lots of people let their dogs off leash there - OK, whatever, but what really makes be crazy are the ones that don't even bring a leash, and the dog is running loose in the parking lot, dodging moving cars.
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It would have to be the jumping on me type of dogs whose owners have clearly never trained the dog not to jump on people (but lamely tell the dog to get off of you---as it keeps on jumping on you---but the dog doesn't have a clue what the owner is saying cause the owner never used those words to teach the dog.......as if a dog could speak English and could understand "get down, quit jumping on her")
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