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My Top 10 Pet Peeves About Pet People

5. Feeding my dogs from the table

Sanchez and Gina daily eat human food. But, I NEVER feed them from the table, as it would be rewarding them for begging, an undesired behavior. Assuming that someone has made it through pet peeve #7 and I’ve given them permission to feed my dogs, it has to be done in an acceptable place, which is never at the table.

4. Playing loud music at a dog-friendly event

I have a tendency to take my dogs everywhere. So, I love it that dog-friendly events are very popular. But frequently they come with live music, which unfortunately means a live band that plays at a volume way too loud for dogs. The loud sounds and music, combined with dogs not having enough space (see pet peeve #10), takes the “friendly” out of dog-friendly. We bring dogs into our human environment and we expect them to adjust. Some do, many don’t. It’s important that we provide a healthy sound environment that is calming, rather than over-stimulating.

3. Assuming that because I have dogs, I don’t like cats

I love all animals, I just happen to live with dogs and know more about their behavior. I live in a rural area and my neighbors are wildlife. An outdoor cat wouldn’t survive very long here; therefore I choose not to have one.

2. Telling me I should let my dogs ride free in the car

I am a strong believer in crates. My dogs love them, because I have trained them from an early age that very good things happen in their crates, including some meals. They ride in crates in the car. I wish I had a dollar every time someone said, “Why do you make your dogs ride in cages?” I’m not aware of anyone ever asking a parent why their children have to wear seat belts.

1. Someone saying, “Don’t worry, I don’t mind”

I hate to admit it, but Gina is a jumper. She’s improved tremendously. But, it’s hard to get to 100% when she starts to jump on someone and they say, “Don’t worry, I don’t mind.” Maybe you don’t, but I do. Because now she is not only jumping up, but also she’s usually getting rewarded with pets and affection simultaneously. (See pet peeve #6).

Now it’s your turn to rant. What are some of your pet peeves about pet people? Thanks for sharing them in a comment below.

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Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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5:28AM PST on Dec 2, 2013

Love your pet

11:03PM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Don't bring your pets around people?...or maybe tell people the Do's & Don'ts beforehand.....I'm sure most are well just have to say something..this article would've been unneccessary

8:19AM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

noted, sounds like this is a backstabbing post!

8:12AM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

AS TO CAT KILLER -- He should NOT be set free -- he MUST be thrown in a rubber room -- he's a danger to all of society -- animals, humans! NOT holding a human accountable for his/her actions, a human who has the ability to choose, to know right from wrong, tells you about those in charge, those in positions of authority who make decisions that affect all of us -- these people in charge must come to see the light and hold Graham and all the Grahams of the world responsible for their depravity, for their cruelty, for their criminality, for their lack of conscience -- they're MURDERERS and should be thrown in jail and rubber rooms!

5:45PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

The man that stole all of those cats and tortured and killed them deserves multiple years of hard time in a prison. But he will graduate to people soon enough and then do his time. He should be locked away for life now, to save his future victims.

8:31PM PDT on Sep 7, 2013

For the piece of trash that killed all of these innocent cats. This would be my justice for you if I was in charge: Life without parole wollowing around in cat piss and cat shit and then cleaning it up. You would be the states new pooper scooper for cats and dogs all over! What a sad, pathetic, so -called human being you are. Your useless and disgusting.

8:20AM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

1:16PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

As I've said before, Grow Up Emma R. I have noticed your responses to others as well as to me. It never ceases to amaze me that you sound as much like an ill equipped, snide, and less than intelligent person the way that you do, Don't you ever read your ignorant quips, and attacks and find yourself embarrassed by how juvenile, and senseless you sound? I will be very honest and say up front that if I hadn't made it a policy to not demean another human being by feeling sorry for them as if they are inferior I would find myself pitying you. You make it really hard to keep from it.

12:22PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

@ Melissa A. "
"Emma, your comment to me makes no sense"..

MY ANSWER to that @ Melissa A. " well this conversation is for a HUMAN BEING WITH A BRAIN so no need for me to explain too hard for you to comprehend...!

@CHAZZ DO I GET A BLACK HOLE STAR FOR THAT answer @CHAZZ....!I look up the so called dictionary FOR "SNIDE" and here is SNIDE FOR YOU.....MEAT ANYBODY!

12:14PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

@ Melissa A. "
"Emma, your comment to me makes no sense"..well this conversation is for a HUMAN BEING WITH A BRAIN so no need for me to explain too hard for you to comprehend...!

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