NO DOGS ALLOWED!
Signs like this occur in many places, posted by people tired of ill-mannered dog owners and their dogs. The disrespect for other people and their property has resulted in banning dogs altogether in some places that could have been enjoyed by all.
Banning because of irresponsible owners punishes everyone who owns a pet. Altercations because of the actions of a pet has in the past resulted in loss of human life in the most aggravated of circumstances.
So. . . .
Remember that sometimes one class is just not enough. Repeating a class is sometimes necessary. Sometimes a different teacher may have a better insight into your particular dog's needs. Group lessons offer different advantages (cost efficient, added distractions) compared to private lessons (more expensive, one-on-one lessons, few distractions). The bottom line remains that it all depends upon the owner doing his homework by practicing with his dog.
When entering a veterinarian's office of other such establishment, remember that not all dogs are friendly with other dogs, so refrain your dog from socializing with others until it is clear that both the other dog and his owner are OK with the idea. Weather pending, you might leave your dog in the car until it is your appointment time.
While some dogs are a little nervous and may eliminate, others mark their graffiti out of dominance or habit. Habitual marking of territory by males on furniture and walls must be corrected, for the action is not out of need to “use the bathroom.” Males leave their graffiti so that other dogs will know they have been in that spot. Stop this behavior with a stern leash correction if you see your male sniff, cock his head, and position his side to lift his leg on wall or furniture. A stern forceful “No” along with the leash correction should get your point across. It may take a few timely corrections to completely eliminate this negative behavior.
Times have changed in recent years as dog populations have risen. It seems to be a rite-of-passage to move to rural or suburban America and allow the dog to run loose, unsupervised. Leash laws and dog-at-large restrictions were designed to prohibit these kinds of nuisances. Dogs running the neighborhood can cause dissension among the neighbors, and the dog often pays the toll. Loose dogs can be shot, poisoned, hit by a car, or stolen.
On the other hand, neighbors should not have their shrubs and lawns destroyed by urinating and defecating dogs, and their children, pets, and livestock should not face harassment or death from unconfined dogs. The actions of irresponsible dog owners hit every taxpayer in the pocketbook as our tax dollars go to pay for shelters for the unwanted dogs and puppies produced by the traveling canine salesman. Euthanasia is the fate of about two million dogs each year, many from accidental breedings by the neighbor's loose dog.
Dog ownership is a privilege and a responsibility. Dog owners should respect their neighbors if they want due respect in return.
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