September is Responsible Dog Ownership month.
You’re probably an amazing dog owner. You stay informed, you follow safety tips, and you do what’s best for your pup. But there are those other dog owners out there who make things worse for the rest of us. You’ve probably met some, or all, of the irresponsible people on this list who probably shouldn’t be owning a dog in the first place. Here are some of the most annoying dog owners that we can all agree are the absolute worst.
1. The “I Don’t Pick Up Poop” Owner
It’s great that you have such delicate, pristine hands that dare not go near poop, but germophobes should not be dog owners. Dog poop spreads diseases between other dogs. So when you don’t pick up your dog’s poop, you’re putting every other dog at risk. It also attracts rats, which bring even more diseases into the area. Owning a dog can get dirty, and if you can’t pick up poop, you can’t have a dog.
2. The “Well, I Feed That To My Dog And He’s Fine” Owner
Dogs are not humans. Their bodies aren’t the same, and that means there are foods that we eat that are toxic to dogs. Just because your dog ate chocolate once, twice, or five times without getting sick doesn’t mean it’s not doing harm to their insides. Do some research and find out what kinds of food your dog can eat before you start shoveling table scraps onto the floor for him.
3. The “Don’t Worry, He’s Friendly” Owner
You may have seen these off-leashers around the park or walking down the street. They have no problem letting their pup run over and greet other people and dogs without permission. It’s great that your pooch is friendly, but not everyone wants to meet your dog, and not every other dog is friendly. You’re creating a risky situation with strangers and other animals where anything can happen. Don’t be that guy or girl.
4. The “I’m Just Going In For Five Minutes” Owner
These owners want to take their pup out with them for a walk or car ride, but the coffee shop or grocery store doesn’t allow dogs. They figure it’ll be fine to leave the dog in the car or tied to a pole outside for a few minutes. This is a bad idea on so many levels. Cars can get deadly hot in a matter of minutes, and leaving your dog outside leaves him open to theft or even attack by another dog. Leave your pup at home and do errands on your own time. He’ll be happier for it.
5. The “Fake Service Dog” Owner
Service dogs are incredibly important for the people who need them. They aren’t just pets, they are valuable assistants for getting through day-to-day life. But some people believe they are above the rules and should be allowed to take their dog anywhere. So they pretend their dog is a service dog, or say they need the animal for “emotional support” when they really don’t. It makes it harder for people who actually need service dogs, it’s a scam, and it needs to stop.
6. The “You’re Doing That Wrong” Owner
You probably appreciate good advice, but when you’re not asking for it, it can be downright irritating. Everyone has an opinion on everything. Even experts can disagree about how dogs should be walked, fed, trained, or cared for. So when someone comes up out of nowhere and tells you you’re holding your own dog’s leash wrong, or you’re not being strict enough, or you’re not asserting dominance properly, you immediately want to tell them to “buzz off” in the least polite way possible. And the worst part about these know-it-alls is that they tend to refuse to listen to any advice themselves. Live and let live, and save the advice for your Facebook friends.
7. The “My Dog Never Goes To The Vet And He’s Fine” Owner
We’re all for natural cures for minor ailments, but your dog still needs to see a professional for at least a check-up. Maybe your dog has seemed healthy for several years, but you never know what’s going on internally, and you don’t want to wait until it’s too late. Your dog needs vaccinations and a check-up at least once a year, and possibly more.
8. The “Facebook Vet” Owner
Doing research is great. You should always stay informed about your dog’s health. But we all know that one person who sees a meme or one article on Facebook and, without doing any more research, thinks that it’s totally true. Don’t be a Facebook veterinarian. Try talking to an actual veterinarian before you change your dog’s diet, exercise routine, or medical care. Chances are good that your vet has done a lot more research than whoever made that meme.
What other irresponsible dog owners annoy you? Let us know in the comments below!