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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