I am asking this question because I am annoyed with people bringing their dogs everywhere. There is an ethnic food fair with crowds of people, hardly any room to walk, people bring their dogs, too. I am entering a restaurant and, of course, there is a dog under a table, too. A store, another dog. And so on. I wouldn't be bothered but sometimes these dogs are not so well behaved and react to a person passing by, usually a child. The dog owner usually tries to explain that his dog is a good dog but while my toddler is clearly uncomfortable with huge rottweiler's mouth next to her chin there is nothing I can do except to be rude and say that we don't want to be kissed/licked by this dog.
I guess, dog owners will say that my child should just learn to like dogs but I think that humans still should have bigger rights than four legged friends.
In a world dominated by rules devised by the weak - it is no surprise that smoking is not given a ventilated end of the room but must be banned inside and out - but doggie-woggies can spread their infections and generally unhygeinic selves in all the places banned to a whiff of smoke.
And I am a (previous)dog owner of three old English sheepdogs - who would not dream of taking my dogs anywhere that is a nuisance to others except the pub where their nuisance seems to be welcomed as 'character'.
Hi Monisajda, I am a dog lover and owner. I take my "children" a lot of places but I feel some public places like restaurants, grocery stores, places to eat and such should be no pets allowed. If they do allow dogs, they should have that posted so everyone knows the policy.
it seems to be acceptable to bring a small toy dog with you as long as they dont take up too much room or make any noise...
I would seriously object to my children being subjected to the danger that could arise from your animal in an innapropriate place. If it got got frightened and bit my toddler I would insist that it be destroyed. Outside of those places I protect my children from such things and take appropriate actions and support the prexence of dogs with no problem.
If the dog is allowed there, people will take it there. I just wish I lived somewhere where I could take a dog to a restaurant.
There is actually a restaurant where I live that allows dogs. It's part of the attraction I guess. I don't own a dog, but love them. I think it should be like smoking(and I'm a smoker)....Have designated places for dog owners and non dog owners. That way people who are allergic or just don't agree with it, don't have to go.
I just wish there would be more kid and non kid zones, personally. Like family flights, beaches and pools. I like kids, just when I am wanting some peace and quiet at the pool, it's hard to relax with 'Marco Polo' being bellowed and screeched for 3 hours in my ears. LOL! But as far as dogs...same thing..separate 'em.
I would rather have places that say no kids, I've been in places where kids scream at the top of their lungs, and even come up to the tables and try to talk like they have been invited. As with dogs I have never had a problem with them, at least here most restaurantsthat I know of don't alow dogs unless they are service dogs.
Having owned a service dog, I would say those should be allowed everywhere they are. My dog could go places no smoking or children were allowed. LOL My service animal had to be put down for drawing blood from a drunk. She was well trained but for some reason couldn't stand to be around anyone who was drinking heavily or drunk.
She was really good with children. She would let them approach her but she never initiated contact. I have no idea how many people got upset when she was doing her job. We together took up a lot of room.
I did have some people tell me it was cruelty to animals that she had to pull my wheelchair. For my ability to function it was necessary, and she was trained from a pup to to exactly that.
I don't like drunks any more than your dog did. I have had the door opened for me and been escorted in to see a blind gentleman by a beautiful labrador who I would guess wouldn't tolerate drunks either.
We have guide dogs and service dogs in our city with rights that are policed and enforced. Makes for a nice tolerant environment.
I agree with the other poster about dogs being dangerous at times too, especially around children.
It seems that we have either "dog" people or "child" people here. I wasn't questioning having dogs in general but taking them everywhere with you. I wasn't talking about service dogs as these are so well trained I don't have any problem with them. I was talking about people who are going places that are crowded and taking your dog there just doesn't make sense. I had three dogs in my life and while I enjoyed taking them for walks I wouldn't imagine taking them with me everywhere. It is OK to leave your dog for some time alone if you are going shopping, in my opinion.
I understand people's opinion about not bringing children to some places and while I agree that a five star restaurant is not a great place to bring your toddler to, I disagree that children deserve lesser rights than dogs. If we are going to a fair, it seems it is predominantly a family affair and adults and children are invited.
Honestly, I didn't start this post to hear about how kids shouldn't be allowed to be somewhere, it almost seems like some people think dogs are OK but kids are not. Just to end it, I know there are some very loud and bad parented children around but at the same time, there are some bad behaved dogs out there, too.
Me and Boo go a lot of places together. I tend to take her where I feel both she and whoever we may encounter will mix and feel comfortable. That excludes shopping, eating out/socialising, parties, schools etc.
That doesn't leave a whole lot of places but we do get about. Most of my friends love to see her, the beach, walks in general, when I nip to the local newsagents (she remains outside on the 'dog hook' though), that kind of thing.
Common sense in truth, plus she's extremely well trained and looks to me for direction. That doesn't exclude the potential for something going wrong, she's a dog after all but I'm confident in both my ability to understand my dog and her 100% trust in me.
...sure...if the pet is welcomed and behaved - why not?
i say behaved because a friend of mine insists on bringing her dog to my place and allowing him to get on my furniture even tho he's not allowed - but does anyone pay attention to me? No!...i don't get it...oh well............my friend needs to behave
I'm a dog lover and used to take her out visiting people and the shops etc, I always left her outside if anyone had any objections to a dog. I know some people who are scared of dogs and around these you do have to be really considerate. I never took my dog to places where I thought she may be a problem, but I'm considerate like that as a person and I know some dog owners who just let their dog run around and cause mischief.
Basically dog control has more to do with owner and if you have a dog you have responsibilities to take care of your dog and a responsibility to others.
I see no problem bringing your dog anywhere, as long as that dog is controlable and not a nuisance. As for what you experienced. I agree. Tell them to take their dog and get away from your child.
While growing up my father had no less than four dogs at a time and I am a dog lover myself but I would never bring any of them to a restaurant or most public places. It is just not healthy or safe for the animals or poeple. Animals are unpredictable and can only be controlled to an extent. It is disgusting when you're enjoying a delectable serving of shrimp alfredo only to have fur floating all around your plate and on your food. What happens to people who are allergic to dogs?
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