Have you ever seen a sign like this at a dog owner's house?
Umm... not very hospitable, is it? In fact... it's hostile, right?
I actually have seen signs like this at people's houses. Not at any of my students' homes, but at other dog enthusiasts' I've know thru dog training clubs, etc.
Jetta is gone now, of course, but when someone came to my home, she quit barking when I told her to, and she jumped up onto the couch or into her wicker basket, depending on which I pointed to.
(BTW: That was HER couch. I bought that couch FOR HER. She did let me sit on it with her though. LOL)
Then, when my guest came through the door, she stayed on the couch or in her bed. (And this is what I teach to students, too, of course.) When my guest was READY to see her, either he or she would approach the couch to pet her, or I'd call Jetta off the couch to say hi.
This person has a right to not interact with a dog if he or she doesn't want to. And even if they don't like dogs, that doesn't make them a bad person and unwelcome in my home.
BTW... if you've been reading my newsletter for awhile, you know that in 2007 I went on trial for a crime I did not commit. (And yes, I had eye witnesses and was found not guilty in a jury trial.) A woman in Salem named Billy Jean Peirce lied to the police and told them I sic'd Jetta on her. A cop came to my door - POUNDING on my door! - to serve me a summons to go to arraignment.
I opened the door to see him with his hand on his gun, asking if my "dogs" were contained.
Jetta was loose, but assigned to stay on the couch and be quiet. LUCKY! Lucky she was trained and stable. Cops often kill dogs who rush them! And a DOBERMAN??? Bye-bye doggie.
But I digress...
When a guest comes to my home, I want my dog to control herself.
People have a right to their own personal body space.
Look at this one:
A sniff test is mandatory???
Every human being has a right to not be sniffed by ANY dog.
Another sign I saw said: "It's her nature to sniff your crotch. Please feel free to sniff hers."
That's funny actually, but not so much if you really mean it.
We need to control our dogs so we - and our dogs - can show respect for others.
However, if someone can't or won't control their pets, maybe it's best to just text?
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