Dog owners can be really cute when it comes to their dogs, but they can also be really annoying. There are some irritating things that they do that will make you question if they should have dogs in the first place. I’m sure you’ll agree with me on the seven things I’ve listed below that dog owners need to stop doing.

Saying, “They’re well trained. they won’t bite”

First of all, just because a dog is well trained, doesn’t mean it won’t bite. Dogs bite for various reasons, including being scared, provoked, or just being protective of their owners. Given the right conditions, any dog can bite. I’m not really interested in the kind of training your dog got. Whether they went to the Havard School of dog training is not my business. Please hold your dog well and let me pass.

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Using their dog to taunt you 

Not all dog owners do this. But there are quite a number of them that like to taunt people, especially their friends, with their fear of dogs. They’ll have a friend over and play silly pranks like releasing their dog and allowing the dog to go after them. And while they can hear their friend screaming in fear, they’ll stand there laughing. Try this with me and that’s where the friendship ends.

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Saying, “They’re more afraid of you than you are of them”

Did the dog tell them that? How do they know? Okay, even if they are, how does that stop them from biting me or attacking me? There’s a big ass rottweiler growling and foaming at the mouth, and you tell me he’s more afraid of me than I am of him? 

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Not locking up their dog when someone comes over 

Hear me out. I’m not saying they should lock up their dog the whole time they have someone over. But if the person coming over to their house is afraid of dogs, at least lock the dog up so the person can feel comfortable. Instead, dog owners will  stand in front of the dog and tell you to pass, talmabout, “The dog won’t do anything.” Meanwhile, the dog is making direct eye contact with you and daring you to pass.

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Letting their dog run free on the streets.

I can’t remember the number of times I walked home from somewhere and saw a dog strutting down the street with its owner very far behind. The thought that always runs through my head at that point is, “If this dog decides to attack me, what will the owner do from all the way over there?” 

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Bringing their dog over without asking first

Why do some dog owners feel that they can do anyhow? It’s as if they feel everyone likes dogs, so they can take their dogs anywhere. If you’re going to bring your dog along to someone’s house, at least call ahead to ask if it’s okay. Especially when there may be other people in the house. I’m begging you.

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Trying to make you play with their dog

The phrase they always say is, “You can play with them; they’re friendly.” But just because the dog is friendly with you and some other people, doesn’t mean it’ll be friendly with me. Also, what if the dog isn’t in a friendly mood and that’s when you’re asking me to play with it?  Please take my no as no, I don’t want to play with your dog. Thanks and God bless. 

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