30
Jul
08

I don’t like dogs

I don’t like dogs. It’s not that I hate them, I just don’t like them. Some people, if not most, don’t like cats. Many don’t like rodents, be they guinea pigs or rats, and most detest snakes. I don’t like dogs.

In my mind’s eye I can see all (both) of you wearing stunned, then hurt, then suspicious looks. “He doesn’t like dogs?! That’s…UnAmerican!!”

And in a sense, it is UnAmerican because God knows, Americans love their dogs. They spend billions of dollars every year buying, grooming and caring for them. They take them on vacation (and pay extra for their rooms) and when they expire (finally), they bury them in pet cemeteries, complete with headstones and flowers.
And that’s cool. You want to spend your hard earned bread that way? Go for it.

That’s not my argument. This is:  People let their dogs do things they wouldn’t let their kids do. Here’s an example:  I was at a private hunting retreat with 6 friends and my wife, for a weekend. We don’t hunt; it’s just a chance to be together and have fun, drink a little and escape parenting. Since the owner brought his dog last year (2 dogs this year), everyone else felt it was ok to bring theirs. Maybe they even got approval, I don’t know. Anyway, we spent most of the weekend inside with 6 dogs. The one that greeted us at the door weighed in at 95 pounds. The remainder were from small to medium-sized animals.

The first evening, I was sitting on the couch watching most everyone else play Rock Band. Then, in comes the herd. The big dog proceeded to put his face in my face, then two of the smaller dogs climbed onto the couch and crowded up next to me. Finally, a 3rd dog climbed onto the back of the couch in an attempt to crowd one of the others out. At this point I got up and moved to a barstool. One of the other, non-playing guests assumed my seat and began snuggling and baby-talking the dogs. No one else seemed to notice.

When my wife and I arose the next day, I opened the bedroom door and there was the giant dog, nose to crotch, so to speak. He escorted us into the kitchen where people were relaxing with coffee while 5 more dogs scurried from place to place. There were more incidents, including nearly breaking my neck because of a tethered dog’s reaction to another dog, but I think I have made my point.
None of these otherwise gracious and caring people would ever allow their kids to behave that poorly. And I’m not sure I really blame the owners. They are no different than the average American, after all. Simply stated, we now have a culture that allows dogs greater rights than children.

So I don’t like dogs, ok? I like my space. If I am in your home and you have one, great, but please, make it behave at least as well as you would your child.

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57 Responses to “I don’t like dogs”


  1. 1 Darlene
    September 15, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    I’m so happy I found this post. I’m struggling right now with a dog situation and it’s ruining my relationship with my fiance. I DO NOT want to live with a dog for the same reasons you expressed above. I’ve been ashamed to admit it, bc like you said, it seems unamerican. Though, I’m becoming resentful and I’m afraid I’m going to turn into someone I don’t want to be. I do not want the dog to stare at me while I eat and crowd around my legs like a savage beast. I do not want a dog barking and jumping at me everytime I open the freak’n door. It is MY space and I should decide how I want to live in it, right???? My fiance had the dog first and loves her… so… how do I live the rest of my life (or the dogs life) like this????

    • 2 Judy
      June 27, 2010 at 3:44 pm

      Get a new man. sorry, but it’s true, he’ll love the dog more than he’ll love you.

    • 3 ivette
      October 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      oh my god darlene seems we have the same problem except that we where together first
      i have never like dogs or cats i am not a pet person at all and lately i am having problems with my boyfriend cause of his dog i feel she is invading my house i dont think i am being selfish but she is destructive breaks my furniture and my kids stuff and is realy gettin under my skin i no longer know how to aproach him about it im going insane!

  2. 4 jon
    September 15, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    It’s simple, really. Ok, it’s NOT simple but it IS simple to me. Since compromise is the watchword of marriage, tell your fiance that you will live with the dog if it is trained. Trained to NOT do any of the things you mentioned.

    My brother pointed out to me (correctly)that what I really dislike isn’t dogs per se but dog owners who allow their dogs to act like most people wouldn’t allow their kids to act. Of course I still dislike those people’s dogs but I have to admit that it isn’t the dog’s fault.

    There will always be people who think that dogs are people too. I don’t get it but it’s a fact. I believe dogs belong outside and should know their place. Hell, all of us should know our place. Maybe you should emulate the dog’s behavior and see if your fiance thinks it’s obnoxious.

    I have to admit, if it was me, I’d simply tell him one of us would go. But that’s just me.

  3. 5 jon
    September 16, 2008 at 10:40 am

    just wanted to add: I wonder why it is totally acceptable to detest cats but not dogs?

  4. 6 Jodi
    November 27, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Me and my three children just moved into my fiance’s house, not even two months ago now.
    I had known my fiance for about a year and a half before that.
    I knew that he had a husky-about 3.5 years old. I gotta say…I grew up with dogs as a kid, I have always enjoyed being friendly with other people’s dogs and really only had a couple of pet peeves about dogs in general….until now!!
    My fiance spent almost all his time at MY house, with me and my children, so I had very limited contact with his dog.
    I had only ever been to his home briefly-in the past. ( The few times I had been at his place, I HATED it!! BECAUSE of his dog!)The dog jumps on you-is hyper as hell, and doesn’t let you alone for one single moment! My fiance spent all our time together chastising the dog and trying to control him! Grrr! I would always leave trying to be polite about the situation because I knew how he just adored this beast-but none-the-less I would leave annoyed-to put it mildly…it was RIDICULOUS!
    It never helped that the only stuff I ever knew about his dog, were the things he had told me…that his dog had destroyed several of his personal items during it’s lifetime! It chewed his brand new $2,000 mattress! It has chewed every kind of ‘dog’ bed my fiance bought it, it ate two of his MP3 players, his photo albums, his movies….need I say more?! I despised the dog just from knowing it’s destructive behavior!! He could and can NEVER leave the dog free to roam the house without it doing SOMETHING bad!! Every now and again he would tell me that he had given the dog another chance to be left out of his huge cage, to be free inside his house. but without fail, as far as consistency was concerned…the dog would not disappoint…just the other day I had asked him about a large stain on his rug…and of course…it was his ‘bratty’ dog…on one of his day passes…he went right into the laundry room and took a bottle of car oil out of a bag and proceeded to chew it till it opened and spilled into a huge puddle onto his rug.
    You can’t leave him even in a room alone…he will tear up everything from toilet paper, to paper towels…without question, he will steal your food if left unattended and STARES so annoyingly if you even start to open a wrapper to any kind of food! My fiance has a very clutter-free house…the main reason? You guessed it…he is a prisoner to his dog and simply can’t have anything out anywhere that the dog might have a chance at ruining it! Now add all those type of events to me and my children living here…with my two cats I might add! Oh yes, my cats are prisoners in a small bedroom-for fear of the ‘beast’ deciding on having them as a play thing. Also and most importantly, the dog has snapped at (I mean a hard nashing of the teeth)and bit, at my little 3.5 half year old, my 6 year old and
    ME!! It’s happened a few times and I HATE it! I can’t trust my little boy anywhere near that animal because I seriously fear the dog will remove a finger from him if given the chance.
    So after what I have written here…and believe me, have several times expressed my fears and unhappiness about his destructive, possibly dangerous, suck-ass dog….(I say that,
    ’cause, guess what else?? My fiance can NEVER be home…anywhere inside the home…without that huge, tons of fur-shedding, beast! Oh ya! It’s his siamese twin for gosh sakes! If the dog knows he is in the house…and my fiance is in another room at anytime-without the dog…it so annoyingly whines and whines and whines….LOUDLY until it’s re attached to my fiance’s hip.
    So..now..since I do not like the animal…but told my fiance I would never ASK him to get rid of it….(I just simply hoped that common sense and my fears and unhappiness as well as my children’s possible well-being…would trump his own personal feelings for his dog and he would do the noble thing and find him a good home. (and apparently he has been told by trainers that they won’t even try training husky’s ’cause it’s useless..) It’s definitely heading us toward ruin….I don’t want to be in any room that the dog is in and unfortunately, that means I don’t get to be with my fiance either…I refuse to compete for my fiance’s time…with a dog!
    My fiance is still in denial, or must not be completely aware of my true feelings and how serious this is becoming for me…or he simply must not care what I think..he holds onto the idea that this, spoiled acting dog, will ‘hopefully’ grow out of his rotten behavior.
    Ummmm, I don’t think I will be around long enough to see if that ever comes to be…my kids, as well as my own happiness is too important to sacrifice my sanity, my nerves and my own worth-for a dog…and a bad one at that! I probably sound just so selfish and horrible, and I, in my heart, do feel so sad for my fiance, but honestly….who would put up with this crap?? If the shoe were on the other foot…and it was my fiances children who could be possibly hurt, etc….I really wonder.
    After all the money that dog has cost my fiance and all the disappointment, frustration, stress and times it has just down right pissed him off…I still don’t understand why getting rid of his dog isn’t a slam dunk?!
    I have NEVER felt like this about an animal in my life! Though, I never knew one so badly behaved either!
    I don’t know what to do…I even offered to get rid of my pets if he would consider getting rid of his dog…nope…that didn’t work either….
    How crazy it seems to me, that we could have a wonderful life together, but this dog may be the reason it never ends of happening.
    I am just shaking my head….Me and my three children just moved into my fiance’s house, not even two months ago now.
    I had known my fiance for about a year and a half before that.
    I knew that he had a husky-about 3.5 years old. I gotta say…I grew up with dogs as a kid, I have always enjoyed being friendly with other people’s dogs and really only had a couple of pet peeves about dogs in general….until now!!
    My fiance spent almost all his time at MY house, with me and my children, so I had very limited contact with his dog.
    I had only ever been to his home briefly-in the past. ( The few times I had been at his place, I HATED it!! BECAUSE of his dog!)The dog jumps on you-is hyper as hell, and doesn’t let you alone for one single moment! My fiance spent all our time together chastising the dog and trying to control him! Grrr! I would always leave trying to be polite about the situation because I knew how he just adored this beast-but none-the-less I would leave annoyed-to put it mildly…it was RIDICULOUS!
    It never helped that the only stuff I ever knew about his dog, were the things he had told me…that his dog had destroyed several of his personal items during it’s lifetime! It chewed his brand new $2,000 mattress! It has chewed every kind of ‘dog’ bed my fiance bought it, it ate two of his MP3 players, his photo albums, his movies….need I say more?! I despised the dog just from knowing it’s destructive behavior!! He could and can NEVER leave the dog free to roam the house without it doing SOMETHING bad!! Every now and again he would tell me that he had given the dog another chance to be left out of his huge cage, to be free inside his house. but without fail, as far as consistency was concerned…the dog would not disappoint…just the other day I had asked him about a large stain on his rug…and of course…it was his ‘bratty’ dog…on one of his day passes…he went right into the laundry room and took a bottle of car oil out of a bag and proceeded to chew it till it opened and spilled into a huge puddle onto his rug.
    You can’t leave him even in a room alone…he will tear up everything from toilet paper, to paper towels…without question, he will steal your food if left unattended and STARES so annoyingly if you even start to open a wrapper to any kind of food! My fiance has a very clutter-free house…the main reason? You guessed it…he is a prisoner to his dog and simply can’t have anything out anywhere that the dog might have a chance at ruining it! Now add all those type of events to me and my children living here…with my two cats I might add! Oh yes, my cats are prisoners in a small bedroom-for fear of the ‘beast’ deciding on having them as a play thing. Also and most importantly, the dog has snapped at (I mean a hard nashing of the teeth)and bit, at my little 3.5 half year old, my 6 year old and
    ME!! It’s happened a few times and I HATE it! I can’t trust my little boy anywhere near that animal because I seriously fear the dog will remove a finger from him if given the chance.
    So after what I have written here…and believe me, have several times expressed my fears and unhappiness about his destructive, possibly dangerous, suck-ass dog….(I say that,
    ’cause, guess what else?? My fiance can NEVER be home…anywhere inside the home…without that huge, tons of fur-shedding, beast! Oh ya! It’s his siamese twin for gosh sakes! If the dog knows he is in the house…and my fiance is in another room at anytime-without the dog…it so annoyingly whines and whines and whines….LOUDLY until it’s re attached to my fiance’s hip.
    So..now..since I do not like the animal…but told my fiance I would never ASK him to get rid of it….(I just simply hoped that common sense and my fears and unhappiness as well as my children’s possible well-being…would trump his own personal feelings for his dog and he would do the noble thing and find him a good home. (and apparently he has been told by trainers that they won’t even try training husky’s ’cause it’s useless..) It’s definitely heading us toward ruin….I don’t want to be in any room that the dog is in and unfortunately, that means I don’t get to be with my fiance either…I refuse to compete for my fiance’s time…with a dog!
    My fiance is still in denial, or must not be completely aware of my true feelings and how serious this is becoming for me…or he simply must not care what I think..he holds onto the idea that this, spoiled acting dog, will ‘hopefully’ grow out of his rotten behavior.
    Ummmm, I don’t think I will be around long enough to see if that ever comes to be…my kids, as well as my own happiness is too important to sacrifice my sanity, my nerves and my own worth-for a dog…and a bad one at that! I probably sound just so selfish and horrible, and I, in my heart, do feel so sad for my fiance, but honestly….who would put up with this crap?? If the shoe were on the other foot…and it was my fiances children who could be possibly hurt, etc….I really wonder.
    After all the money that dog has cost my fiance and all the disappointment, frustration, stress and times it has just down right pissed him off…I still don’t understand why getting rid of his dog isn’t a slam dunk?!
    I have NEVER felt like this about an animal in my life! Though, I never knew one so badly behaved either!
    I don’t know what to do…I even offered to get rid of my pets if he would consider getting rid of his dog…nope…that didn’t work either….
    How crazy it seems to me, that we could have a wonderful life together, but this dog may be the reason it never ends of happening.
    I am just shaking my head….

  5. 7 jon
    November 28, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Wow. You say that you must sound like a horrible person. No. I, and probably anyone who reads this, wonder why you put up with this for even a moment! This blog isn’t an advice column but please, don’t forget to love yourself (and your kids). This guy you adore is putting a dog in front of your happiness and safety! It’d be bad enough if it was a good dog!

    As an addendum, I have to admit, I have changed my mind. My brother pointed out to me (thanks, Bro!) that I don’t really hate dogs. I hate undisciplined, spoiled dogs…and it’s true. It just seems that the undisciplined ones out number the good ones by 100 to one!

    And by the way, that dictum applies to kids too. Make your kid mind when he/she’s in public or in someone else’s home. You may believe the best way to deny your kid something in the supermarket is to let her/him lie in the floor and scream but I didn’t sign on for that, and neither did the other patrons. If your kid can’t act civilized, don’t bring him/her out into civilization. Keep ‘em home.

  6. 8 mason
    January 3, 2009 at 11:36 am

    You don’t like dogs, well that’s you. i don’t like amphibians, yuck! ewww! cats are too stinky and act like they wanna be left alone. Birds, too noisy and feel guilty keeping them in a cage. pot bellied pigs, stinkyyyyyy and squeals a lot. I have a 1 yr. cockapoo and she is the most behaved lil’ dog ever.

  7. 9 jon
    January 6, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I totally get it, Mason. I have amended my stance to say that I don’t like poorly behaved dogs (or the owners who think they’re human). I’m glad you and your dog are happy together. Really.

  8. 10 Anna
    February 11, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I grew up in Germany and as a child was severely phobic of dogs because Germans get terribly offended when asked to keep their dog on a leash. I ended up being chased by huge dogs a few times which is not the best experience when you are 4 years old and the dog appears to be the size of a monster. At the moment I live in the UK where strangely almost everyone prefers cats to dogs. Currently I can say that I can like a dog and not be scared of it, but it really depends on the animal. For example I have to really manage my energy when going into parks with a lot of dogs so as not to project nervousness, but I am fine with dogs that I know. I have watched “the Dog Whisperer” a few times although such programs are not really my thing I have found it quite useful when it comes to explaining how dogs work.
    The reason why I mention this program is that when I read the post by Jodi one of the things that has struck me is that her partners dog is a husky and that his “bad behavior” mostly centers around destroying things, which indicates to me that the dog has much to much energy (yes this is my TV knowledge coming out here). When a big dog like that is confined without much physical activity it will be very “hyper” and start running amok. The best solution is to tire him out with high energy walks. A dog needs a walk at least once a day. Does her partner do that with him? Maybe he could cycle and the dog could follow.
    At the moment I live in a flat share with 2 cats and sometimes I wish that they were dogs, because dogs, once you have found the key to managing their behavior are much easier to communicate with. I hate having to push the cat away each time I want to eat my dinner, because it stares at me all the time. Whenever anyone cooks something the cat just runs into the kitchen, stealing food and nearly causing accidents with hot liquids. I just ignore him, but it is difficult to do so when, as the other day, I was making some bread and whilst I left it to rise under a towel the cat decided to leave paw prints in the dough.
    I don’t like this. It is more frustrating, because I feel bad for being angry with a cat: I know he is only an animal and (probably) didn’t have bad intentions. But if I mentioned this to his owner she would probably hate me. Somehow pet owners are terribly sensitive about their pets: they are the most adorable creatures on earth and anyone who just wants their space to eat their dinner is an inhuman, cold, low empathy psychopath who probably doesn’t deserve to live. Why should I love your pet just because it is there? I don’t like every human I come across and it should be similar with animals: either it is a likable creature or not. I would be considered nuts if I loved every human being and went over baby-talking to them! I have a very cute soft toy rabbit that shares bed with me and my partner. He has his own personality and we often have good laugh about him with my partner. But I don’t run around imposing his cuteness on other people around me! In fact I am a bit embarrassed about being attached to a soft toy.
    Must of the people who own pets run around cooing and demanding validation of just how adorable their animal is, and let it do things to other people that if done by a person would be considered rude beyond imagination.
    What is it? Is it that those people really, really desire taking up a lot of space, but cannot do it because of social restrains, so they get a pet to do it for them?
    Basically I find animals very relaxing and beautiful, but in their natural habitat. I can relate to an animal as to another being, but I totally don’t subscribe to the culture of pets who are treated as humans, and to the culture that tells me that I have to love a smelly, farting cat just because the owner finds it cute and if I don’t I am not really a proper human, because “real”humans find every animal lovable. The first thing that the “Dog Whisperer” guy tells the owners of spoiled dogs is “stop treating it as a human, it is only a dog”. By treating an animal as an extension of yourself you are not loving it, you are doing it a disservice! Many people have developed an unhealthy dyad with their pets who have become a replacement for something that is missing in their life or a way of saying to the world “I am also strong and beautiful like my dog”, so any critique of their pets behavior will be seen as personal.
    This is crazy. Grow up, people and stop imposing your spoiled, bratish pets on other humans. Once you have them under control, we might even like them!

  9. 11 jon
    February 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Anna,

    Thank you for so eloquently saying what I have been trying to say over many posts. I hope ‘Cog’ hears from you again.

  10. 12 no dogs
    May 10, 2009 at 10:17 am

    I think people who have dogs are needy, way to needy. It is NOT unAmerican to not like dogs. People who have bad behaved dogs have a problem with themself. If you can not get rid of a beast that is distroying your life then you are extremely needy or need therapy. I dont think it is normal to live in a home that smells like poop or urine especially if you have small children. That is unsanitary! No wonder Americans have high allergies and sicknesses. If you want a companion go get a spouse or have children or adopt. A long time ago animals lived outside. People did not have them in their homes. Dogs are meant to work, not be children. They are animals. As for the unAmerican part, you do not know a thing about America. That is a lame excuse! America was not founded on making dogs into children. I think people who trap an animal in doors need to revaluate themselves. If I offended you, I do not care. The only people who will be offended are the people who have a problem internally or trap an animal where it was not meant to be. If you read online about the nature of the dogs, it will tell you they have a working life. Yes, if you trap it inside it will turn and go wild. It is not where it belongs and it knows that. It is the people who dont!

  11. 13 skarrri
    June 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you. So glad to hear I’m not the only person who doesn’t want an animal lapping my face, sticking their wet nose in my crotch etc. I get ill when I see people allowing dogs to lap their lips and face. I don’t care how clean a dogs mouth is, that’s disgusting.

    I’ve also noticed pet owners bringing their pooches into the food market. I really don’t want buy groceries that have been sniffed by a dogs wet snout. Or dog hair in my opened bag of fresh bread.

    Dogs are animals.

  12. 15 Krista
    July 3, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I feel you guys! I decided a while back that I don’t like dogs. I detest them. But not all dogs, of course- I have three criteria for liking a dog:
    1.) It must not bark all of the time.
    2.) It better not jump on me.
    3.) It must smell nice.

    So basically, I like dogs who have owners who train them and groom them. And if they do jump on me they should at least have short claws and be cute.
    So. Why don’t I like dogs? Here is a list:
    1.) They smell bad, so if you pet them then your hand stinks.
    2.) People’s houses usually reek of dog. I hate that smell.
    3.) I don’t like it when dogs jump on me, especially when I am wearing shorts or stockings and they have long claws.
    4.) Dogs bite, and when they bite, it hurts. Why keep an animal that can easily tear you apart if it wanted to?
    5.) They often have destructive behavior that cannot be prevented easily because they can get past things and jump on things to get to them. One of my friends has a wolf-dog that will push aside tables and chairs and somehow undo the baby lock on the refrigerator and get into the fridge to eat their food.
    6.) They will often sit right in front of you while you are eating and breathe into your face, thus spoiling the deliciousness of the food.
    7.) They have to be walked frequently and get anxious if left alone.
    8.) They poop everywhere if you don’t let them out.
    9.) They usually aren’t even soft to pet.
    10.) Shedding.
    11.) They sniff your butt and crotch uncomfortably.
    12.) They often intimidate guests.
    13.) It annoys the hell out of me when I’m walking down my own street casually and everyone’s stupid dogs are running amok outside, and chase me down the borderlines of their properties barking at me when I am trying to enjoy myself. I usually tell them to shutup.
    14.) When dogs bark inside and you tell them to be quiet but they keep barking.

    Why keep the savage beasts? I don’t understand why people are so obsessed with dogs. I was at a graduation the other day and everyone was obsessing over their “Cute puppy, Cosmo”. I didn’t like the little puppy because it wasn’t really a puppy anymore, it wasn’t that cute, and it smelled, BAD! And it was running around jumping on me and yipping and annoyingly and scratching me. The second it entered the room the entire room reeked. I just ran away from it.
    Personally, I prefer cats. Sure, they have their qualms too, but I can handle their negative aspects much better than those of dogs.
    I’d much rather get a real alarm system.

  13. 16 Dog Guy
    October 29, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I’m a dog person and am guilty of treating my dog like a member of the family. He’s a labrador retreiver but stays inside mostly. He sleeps with my on the bed with me and my girlfriend. He’s spoiled rotten (yet obiedient) and I enjoy spoiling him. I take him outside frequently for a game of fetch or to go swimming in the pond. I love my dog….love him. He gives me so much joy that I often wonder why other people wouldn’t or couldn’t understand this. I did a google search on why people don’t like dogs and it brought me here. I must say that after reading the posts that I have a much better understanding. It just goes to show that we all have our likes and dislikes…. The next time I have a guest in my home I am going to assume that he/she doesn’t like dogs…just to be safe. I’ve probably unknowingly pissed off a lot of people by assuming that they’ll like my dog as much as me.

    • 17 jon
      November 17, 2009 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks for being more thoughtful. We are all so different. Most people with dogs can’t imagine that others don’t feel the way they do. In fact, it never crosses their minds. At least you thought to look it up when you didn’t understand AND you acted on the information you got.

      Honestly, I get it. Since I made the original post I have met a dog I like – most of the time. He’s a lab who isn’t smelly, doesn’t bark and doesn’t get in my face – traits I wish all people shared too. It has been pointed out to me (as I mentioned before) that my problem is with the owners, not the dogs. And finally, another friend pointed out that dogs are pack animals. If the owner doesn’t become the alpha dog, the pet will.
      You have tried to understand and so have I. Just a few million people to go!

  14. 18 Tonya
    December 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Reading some of your posts really helps. I am glad that some of you are brave enough to admit that you don’t like dogs. I too do not like dogs. My husband and I have been married for 12 years and we have been through numerous dogs over the years. We would get a dog because my husband wanted it and after I couldn’t take anymore we would eventually re-home it. We have had a German Shepard, a Lab, an English Bull (that bit him), and a Shih Tzu. We now currently have a Boxer that we have had for 2 years. I have to say that I have no patience with the dog and feel I need to be on some type of anxiety medication because of him. There are so many things I cannot take. We have a fenced in back yard but if we let him run loose he makes it look like a dog’s back yard. He chews up my Palm Tree, my tropical plants, he runs through the flowerbeds and throws mulch everywhere. There are so many piles of poop back there that you can’t walk without stepping in it. Even though I remind my husband to clean it he rarely does. When the dog is allowed in the house someone has to be in the same room with him because he wanders aimlessly sniffing every surface he can looking for food. If he goes into the kitchen while no one is in there he pulls dishes off the counter tops and breaks them. I lost a very expensive stone baker because of this. He knows he isn’t supposed to be in the kitchen but waits til you turn your back to do it. Urrr! The times that we are in the kitchen and he is in there with us we are constantly yelling at him to stop sniffing the counter tops. My husband thinks that he should sit on his dog bed in the living room the entire time he is in the house because he can’t stand him wondering the house so guess what…the family gets to listen to my husband yell at the dog all evening. “Get in your bed!” “Get out of the kitchen!” “Get in here!” When he is on his dog bed we also get to listen to him whimper and whine while we eat dinner. He sits at attention and stares a hole in your face while you are eating. My kids also get aggravated with his begging. Having a dog is like having a 2 year old. My husband never walks him. I tried walking him a few times but it was the worst experience ever. He pulls on his collar to the point of choking himself. If he poops in a neighbors yard I dry heave the whole time I’m trying to clean it up. Nothing like cleaning up warm **** that is still steaming out of a yard. Gross! There are so many little things that he does that I cannot stand…lapping water out of the bowl in the kitchen only to get half of it on the floor for everyone to step in, coming to you and putting his wet face on you after he just drank out of his bowl, rubbing up against my black dress pants and leaving dirt and hair on them, licking himself, leaving hair all over the house, barking at night when we crate him to go to bed, whining, jumping up on people, tracking wet dirty dog prints into the kitchen when it’s raining, oh and did I say licking himself??!! It’s disgusting and he makes this smacking noise when he does it. We have 4 children with the youngest being 12 and the oldest being 17 that are well mannered. After you tell the kids “No” a few times they eventually get it. The dog doesn’t get it and I passed the babysitting stage a long time ago. I try to find the joy for my husband’s sake but I just don’t get it???

    • 19 Todd
      December 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      It’s not your dog, it’s your husband. Along with being one of the most loving and intelligent dogs, boxer are very energetic. Less than 2 1 hour walks a day and that energy will be released on you and your home. If he was out walking, he would take a crap during the walk instead of your back yard. Tell your husband to get off his ass and take the dog for a walk…. the sweet dog is going insane!, not you. Also, you might want to try that old walking machine that your husband bought and never used (I’m assuming). The dog will love it.

  15. January 6, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Oh…
    I don’t like dogs

  16. 21 Kate
    June 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

    One of the reasons I don’t like dogs (aside from the fact that I work at a pet store, and the other day I saw three people buy sweaters for their dogs. Clothes! On a dog! I’m sorry, but that’s all manners of wrong) is the fact that I’m super allergic to their saliva, but no matter what, owners never stop them from licking my face. I’ll be ringing up their order and the dog will jump up and lick my face (despite the fact that I’m on the other side of the counter) and the owner will look at me all expectantly, as if that is the most wonderful thing in the world. No, it’s not, because I’m going to be scratching my face raw for the next hour, thanks.

    And come on, SWEATERS for DOGS. Dear god, you just put a skirt on a DOG. That’s just not right, man.

    • 22 Marlene
      September 29, 2010 at 11:41 am

      WTF?? Don’t work at a dog store. Are you ignorant?

    • 24 Todd
      December 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      First off. If you have an allergy to chicken, you don’t eat chicken. Same goes here. Have to agree with Marlene on that one. Second learn to control dogs. You sound like a recessive person and to a dog that makes you there Bitch! Excuse the pun. Tell a dog no with a firm voice and they will not only stop but back away. I’ve told dogs that got out, to “Take your dog as home… NOW!” and peaple just stare as the dog bolts home. They always ask “is that your dog” and I have to explain, don’t be a wuss when in comes to dogs, they won’t respect you. Bet your won of the idiots that puts your hands up and in order to stop a dog from jumping on you… guess what…. You put your hands up first and all dogs understand the hand signal / command to jump up… can you guess what it is…. Oh ya.. Putting your hands up.

  17. 25 Lana
    July 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Thank for this. I don’t like dogs and currently dating someone who has an obnoxious dog I can not stand. The main reasons: it slobbers everywhere and will leave my pants soaking when it sticks its face into my legs. It is super hyper and when if I dont get out of the way, it will stomp on my feet. It is intrusive and even sleeps with us on the bed, taking away my leg room and makes the bed a lot hotter. Thanks for making me feel like i’m not the only one..

  18. August 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Please make the decision about animals before you get married. Don’t hope to change your mates ideas on animals after the service. It won’t work and one of you will wind up leaving.

  19. 27 Sono
    September 21, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Ah, I thought I was the only odd ball doesn’t like dog… (I don’t like horse too btw which I found most Americans love… my dislike is from past bad experiences with them though…anyway…) We just recently bought a house where there are coyotes, mountain lion, mouse, rats, etc. We have three little kids so I never really wanted any pet at this time since three little kids are already pretty tough to take care for me but for our safety, we decided to adopt a kitty and 4 month old dog. I used to live with kitty for a bit and I like them much more than dog mostly because they are less needy and could take care of themselves with much ease.
    Trouble was with the dog… He was a condo city boy with no training of any kind (potty etc) what so ever… He’s really cute. I only wanted a puppy with very specific type of dog since the past few times that I lived with dogs, they were disobedient, wild, dirty, past mischievous and annoying which I though all because we didn’t really owned them from puppy. But this old neighbor of ours got this dog for a wrong reason and when the dog misbehaved in his tiny condo while he has busy schedule, he just didn’t want the dog anymore (plus the dog was already big at this time and no way to catch any girls now…). So we felt sorry and adopted him. I am trying to train him (three weeks past now) and he is actually doing better and even good dog. I am trying to like him and welcome him as a family member even when allegedly dog liking husband tried to give up on him. (My husband will play and discipline when he get annoyed so far but unfortunately, despite the “talk” I am the primary discipline, poop scooper, food giver, etc for the now 5 kids….) Anyway, I started dreading the morning… I have to wake up my husband around 5:30 am but as soon as the dog sees me even a glimpse or thought of me waking up… he started whining…. none stop. Then the kitty comes for food… With all the noise, my really babies wake up etc…. and all down hill before I could wake myself up… He was jumping on my kids even after they are on the ground and begging for foods etc. (I will never share food while we have family dinner with animals. We did that in past and I hated it for many reasons) He still whines and tear things but thanks for our pretty tough discipline ?? he whines and chew things while I am not looking. (Dirtiness and unpredictable excitement with foods and whatever reasons startles and bothers me as well….)

    The other day, this contractor who is working on our house told me after seeing me discipline the dog for not listening, told me I am sooooo mean to my animals. I guess I am a mean person. I am not lovey-dubby with them. Animals knows that and they actually likes my contractor better than me. Sorry, but I am not going to be friend with my pets, but actually will be the one in control of you guys. Kinda similar with parenting.. though that is more complicated and sophisticated anyway…. The contractor got me thinking by his comment and so I found out that I don’t really like dogs.
    Yes I am venting. But I will not claim my dog, kitty, etc as my child or create adoption paper or treat them as equal as my kids. They are animals and not human. Children misbehaving now that is different issue from animal discipline and treatment totally because they are HUMAN. I will not abuse them and will be cruel to them, I will take care of them and be loving as much as I can all their lives although lots of work for that is our least responsibilities. But I do not think this boundary of them being animals (serving for our family for our protection) and never will be greater or equal to my kids will be within me always.
    Thanks for letting me know I am not the only oddball out here and thanks also for the long vent. People will get shocked with me when the opportunity comes up in the topic of dog and horse. (Smaller the dogs I dislike even more)

  20. 28 Marlene
    September 29, 2010 at 11:39 am

    You are unable to clearly communicate your emotions. You clearly don’t like how “people” treat their dogs and create untrained animals who are annoying and intolerable. That is understandable. What has this to do with the animal? It is the by product of the laziness and ignorance of the human being who owns it and is responsible for it. That is what you dislike. To dislike an animal is fear and ignorance based.

  21. 29 Elaine
    October 30, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I am enjoying this site! I am definitely NOT A DOG LOVER!!!!!!!! I’m finally reading some intelligent info on the topic. I will return and tell you a little more when I have time. I need to go out and clean the neighbors dog droppings off my garden stones right now.

    • 30 Jana
      November 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

      I like dogs, I don’t like bad dog owners. Right now I have 3 different annyoing dog situations to deal with in 3 different places.
      My neighbors have a small dog who barks obnoxiously to get inside, and then when inside barks obnoxiously to get out. It is a high pitched piercing bark. Sometimes they leave her outside all night and she hasn’t learned yet that barking doesn’t always get her inside. Unfortunately she keeps me awake because the barks come right through my house, so I have to sleep in a different bedroom to get away from her.
      My parents have a lab/mix puppy (6 months old) who is completely untrainable. They let him jump up on my mother hurting and cutting her arms, he barks constantly at everything and all the other dogs hate him. Everyone hates him except my parents, who don’t think he is wonderful (fortunately they aren’t that diluted), but do make numerous excuses for him.
      The worst situation is my work place. My boss has a blood hound which lives in solitude on a half acre lot. My boss has ignored the dog for years, through the heat of the Texas summer and the cold of the winter, yet last year when the dog got a simple growth on her ear, she flipped way to the other side, and now spoils the dog rotten. (guilt, is all I can say). It comes into the office with us now and it smells awful. I have had dogs all my life, grew up around them, and most normal dog smell doesn’t bother me. Well, this hound dog has an unusually stinky smell,…she is just one of those dogs. Clients come over and the whole office stinks like dog. It is embarassing, not to mention unprofessional. The boss never asked any of her employees if we minded having the dog inside all the time. I don’t allow the dog to come upstairs with us, and I can tell my boss is really bothered by that. Not to mention the smell, the dog also barks (hound dog bark) when she doesn’t get what she wants. Sometimes I am on the phone with clients/customers, and have to tell the dog to shut up.

      I had a cute little Boston Terrier named Kipper for 15 years. She was my little buddy and I loved her, but she wasn’t spoiled and she didn’t bark when it wasn’t appropriate. (don’t mind a dog barking if they see a stranger coming into their space, that is when they should bark, but not what I have been experiencing/seeing with dogs here lately!). What I have a problem with is the fact that it seems none of these people (my neighbors, my parents, my boss) know how to appropriately discipline the dogs in order to get them to behave. What is wrong with everyone? Can they not discipline themselves? My boss and her boyfriend actually bought some of Ceasar Millan’s (love him!) books, read them, yet didn’t stick with any form of discipline. The boyfriend actually now encourages the dog to bark, even though everyone has told him how disruptive it is. He just can’t bring himself to discipline her so he either just ignores her barking or runs around the yard encouraging it by saying, “What’s that, Maggie? What’s that, Maggie?” And she howls and barks louder,…..ugh!

      I am not ashamed to say I don’t like dogs anymore. I don’t care who agrees. I’d never get another one. I have 4 cats now. They are quiet, clean, they sometimes bring me dead presents (which I don’t like), but they don’t tear anything up and did I mention, they ARE QUIET!!!

      Thanks for listening everyone. Any suggestions can be sent to jana2631@yahoo.com or I will also just check back here.

  22. 31 prolix42
    November 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Don’t you find it curious that seemingly normal, well-adjusted people have a blind spot when it comes to their dog(s)? Often they say, “They are my kids” but would never let a child behave that way.

  23. 32 mim
    May 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I hate dogs. I don’t care much for cats either but they are more like me

  24. 33 Steve
    July 12, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I knew I simply couldn’t be the only one out there that didn’t give dogs unconditional acceptance for everything they do, and accommodate all that they wish to bestow upon all things around us, at all times…but I was starting to wonder about that until I came across the Cog out of desperation.

    I’m with an absolutely wonderful woman…and an accompanying extremely intense Border Terrier.

    I’ve been reduced to the point of just requesting that a one-meter sphere around me during meal times be mine, and mine alone, to exist in, until I finish eating. Following that interval, I’ve come to tolerate the immediate scavenging that begins at my feet by our furry little cherub…

    I’ve come to accept the fact that the half-life of our furniture and carpeting has been whittled down to that of a gnat, due to our canine companion having become the third person in our home, thus utilizing those items, and the bed pillows, more than myself…

    The list goes on as most here can attest to….I think the most troubling and bizarre circumstances occur when I glance at the pooch disapprovingly for a fleeting moment as it attempts to crowd into the bathroom and shower with myself and my wife each time we’re in there….probably should get a third toothbrush…

    Good to vent about this, that’s for sure…!

    Time to head in to work…well, after I put the barstools on the couch, the clothes basket on the bed, secure the doors to the other rooms in the house, barricade the refrigerator, spray down the furniture, well, you know the drill!

    • 34 prolix42
      August 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      I suppose there will always be one more thing to say on the topic of misbehaving dogs but I have to say that I’m surprised at how many like-minded people responded.

      Having said that, I want to reiterate my already reiterated point: It ain’t the dog’s fault. We domesticated dogs. We tamed the friendly ones then bred them for the characteristics we desired, be it friendliness, hunting or herding or whatever. We completely took away natural selection and molded them to be what we wanted them to be. DOGS ARE NO LONGER WHAT NATURE MADE THEM. They are what we – humankind – made them. Please remember that the next time someone’s dog roots you out of a chair, destroys your favorite shoes or jumps on you, ruining your pants. They, however, retain one inborn quality: they’re herd beasts. They have a “pecking order” in which the strongest rules. If the owner won’t be the alpha pack leader then the dog will. it’s really just that simple.

      And no, I still don’t like dogs…but I know it isn’t their fault.

  25. 35 Bonni chapman
    September 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for being brave enough to express this very unpopular opinion. My daughter and my condo neighbors all have dogs. I’m tired of dogs jumping on my, sniffing and licking me and pooping where where people walk. I recently witnessed a poor woman waiting for a bus-when a dog tried to sniff up her skirt, she shooed it away and was called a dog hater. I don’t understand why so many people who own dogs don’t respect other people.

    • 36 prolix42
      March 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Well, isn’t this hugely coincidental?!

      My neighbors moved away and my new neighbors have 3 (4, some days) large dogs, one of which barks constantly and throws himself at the fence when you near it. To add to the problem, I work nights and sleep in the daytime. I politely told the neighbor (or his daughter, I’m not sure) and she was polite and brought them in. The next day I slept 4 hours before the constant barking woke me. I again knocked on the neighbor’s door but no one was home – or else didn’t answer. Same thing the next 2 days. I slept between 18 and 20 hours over a 4 day period. Finally I called the HOA but they really couldn’t help me they said but referred me to animal control. Animal control politely told me they’d come out but the dog had to be barking when they came.
      I called the next day. They said the neighbors were notified via note but that the dogs weren’t barking when they came by. I called the third day while standing in the backyard so they could hear the dog. They promised to come out but said there were 2 calls ahead of me. I called yesterday and they said the neighbors were informed but I needed to give them (the neighbors) a few days to correct the problem.

      Today the dogs did not bark until I went into the yard – and, as usual, the more aggressive one paced the fence and barked constantly, hurling himself at the fence when I got too close. I’ll let you know how it turns out but a bit of advice: anyone who has a barking dog and doesn’t care if you are disturbed or not is an asshole. Do not directly confront an asshole and do NOT do or say anything that you would not want said in court because that may well be where you are headed. Secondly, get a video of the offending dog, if you can. It’ll help. And lastly – and this is a hard one – don’t blame the dog. He’s only doing what he has been trained by some asshole to do.

      I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    • 37 Christine
      January 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      It is sad but true that people don’t respect other people, and I think these people try to compensate by having a dog as their companion because they don’t know how to have a relationship with another human being, so they get a dog and try to compensate for what they are not getting from another human being in a relationship, that is why people are so crazy about their dogs and why they treat them as human beings. It is also a sure sign that these individuals should get some counceling so that they can learn how to have their companionship needs met by another human being, I agree with all of these posts, dogs are not ment to be domesticated because dogs are ment to be hunters. I am not a dog lover and I never have been, but for a year now, I feel that I am forced to live with my husbands dog that I hate, she is an 10 yr. old Toy Fox Terrier, to me she looks like a spotted minnie cow with bulging eyes, HOW UGLY!!! I have the same issues with her as you all do with your dogs you are forced to deal with. I always have to clean up after the poop and pee that she does in the house and she has been potty trained before but no one cares if she does it in the house except me, my husbands kids should be cleaning this up because they let her out when they come to visit their dad, they don’t clean up after the dog because they are lazy and when she wants to come out and be with the kids she does not stop whining and THIS ANNOYS ME TO NO END!!!! and I cannot stand it because I am the type of person that likes the house to be clean and smell good. I have talked with my husband about this many times, and I ask him to have the kids take her to their moms house to live, but he says no because ultimately she is my husbands dog, he bought her as a puppy and he got her in the divorce. I don’t know what to do I am at my whits end with this dog! I don’t want to clean up poo and pee for the rest of the dogs life! And I have young kids from my first marriage and I think they are developing allergies to the dog and it is unsanitary for them too. I feel so much hatred towards the dog because it is not mine and I clean up after it all the time. The funny thing is, is I use to like this dog, I would bathe her and take her on walks a lot, but when I started to see that she seemed to be out of her mind, because she would go in the house and run away from the spot she pooped or peed in with her head down, like she knew she did something she was not suppose to do in the house, and that is why I think she is out of her mind because she does know better than that. I know I can’t do anything to her to make her go away because I do not own her, but I am not comfortable living with her. I am not a dog hater, I just don’t care for dogs because they stink, and they shed everywhere, and they slobber, and poop and pee everywhere, those are the reasons I don’t like dogs. I think that it is not the owners fault that dogs behave the way that they do, because it is in their nature to behave like this, and no matter how much training they get it will always be in their natures.I know my husband wont ever give her up, and it makes me hate the dog even more, I don’t know what to do any ideas? Living with her and changing my feelings to like her again is not an acceptable option to me, as I am sure many people will tell me to do on this sight.

  26. 38 prolix42
    April 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Very trying three weeks but seems to be better. The neighbor, a very nice man, came over and, in a friendly way, said the dog wasn’t normally that way, they’d try to solve the problem, etc., etc.
    Then nothing changed.
    They didn’t answer their door and the dog was, if anything, worse. I called animal control every other day for 8 days, always standing by the fence while the dog barked furiously. Their last answer was “I guess we’ll have to send a letter”. I left a note, trying to get the neighbor to talk to me. No luck. We had a few days of rain – dogs inside. After the rains the barking is, well, minimal. I can live with it. I hear an occasional outburst but nothing continuous. A few minutes ago I heard their other neighbor’s kid yelling at the dog…
    I guess the answer to the problem is to be relentless and wear them down. I never hear or see my neighbors. Fine. So be it. No confrontation is fine with me. I just hope the silence lasts.

    • 39 Todd
      December 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      I would rather give my neighbor a bark collar then not get along with them. Or at least recommend one. To call Animal Control, Your a JERK, there already having problems and your making things worse, now instead of focusing on correcting the issues with the dog, they have to deal with the city. Try getting along with people, just because they need help and your to lazy to assist, doesn’t make anyones life better. Pay back is a bitch and when they finally figure out how to control the dogs barking they can start focusing on how to get back at there nasty neighbor.

      PS to fix a barking dog in a day, grab a MP3 Player and headset and have a seat by the fense. Crank it up it’s going to be a while.

  27. 40 prolix42
    May 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Barking began anew – a continuous, hours-long torrent – but only for a day (a work day, alas). Since then, I hear the dogs barking inside the house form time to time, but not outside in a week. I feel for the residents of that house, canids and humans, but I’m glad it isn’t my problem anymore – I hope.
    Oh, it took more than a month to solve the problem.

  28. 41 prolix42
    August 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Well, it’s now August. I have to pause and reflect on how I started a post about not liking dogs and wound up posting about my new neighbors and their awful dogs, I hope it isn’t karma…

    Well, the dogs got bad again, (and by bad I mean attempting to eat you through the fence) though only occasionally, and it was either go to the prosecutor or hope it got better. Then something changed all that. The neighbor young lady came out the front door and so did 2 dogs. My grandson was skateboarding and one of the dogs ran too him and bit him on the butt! The young lady apologized and grandson said it was ok and came into the house. He showed me the bite, the skin was broken in several places but no bloody mess or anything. My wife was away on business so it was up to me to take him to the clinic (and be late for work). A couple of hours later and 120 bucks for meds and I took him home and left for work. The next day I called animal control, explained the entire long story, culminating in the bite. I had long since quit trying to communicate with the neighbors since they never answered the door or communicated. You may recall I even left a note once.
    Anyway, I felt like I was winning a battle when the dog was quarantined for 10 days. When it was returned they (the neighbors) honked their horn to let us know they were home with the dog. A week went by while I argued with my wife that I wanted them to pay for the medical bills and she argued that it would be more productive to talk to the dad. A little research led us to understand that the dad bought the house but the daughter and roommate lived there. Finding the dad wasn’t going to be too hard, she said.
    Ultimately I came home and saw a For Sale sign in front of the house. We were thrilled but I wanted them to pay me the money they owed me. Finally I convinced my wife I was going so she wanted to go and do the talking. It went poorly. The young lady – maybe 20 – crossed her arms and said she’d pay it but wanted to know why the boy had not acted hurt. I showed her, on my phone, the photo of the bite. It deteriorated to the point that I told her I wasn’t going to be lectured and to just pay it. She refused and I said I’d take her to small claims court then (as recommended by Animal Control). The roommate said, “Go for it” and they shut the door.
    Soon the daughter came to our door and said she’d pay it tomorrow if I would never come to their door again. I tried to explain that the hardest part of the whole thing for me was that we were being treated like we were the offending party. She made faces while I spoke and finally I told her we’d never see eye to eye and just to pay the bill and I would continue to contact Animal Control and not her. She left and 3 days later has not paid us the money. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to find a character flaw but I really thought she’d want to avoid small claims court. What she HAS done is honk her horn every time she drives by the house.

    >sigh<

    I am long past wanting to win or even get my money back. Every interaction leads to another escalation. Vengence is nice but I'm not going to small claims court over 140 bucks plus missed work. It just isn't worth it. I'm going to try not to get angry enough to heart attack until they are gone. I just want them gone.

    Wish me luck.

    • 42 Todd
      December 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Would have been much easier if you would have just helped them in the beginning by being an older wiser person giving them advice instead of causing more problems, even if that wasn’t your intent. A $70 bark collar would have taught the dog control and not to bark and the dog would have not bitten your grandchild because it would understand it is not ok to be out of control and that would be reenforced by a stupid $70 bark collar. This is not only a lesson in dealing with dogs, but with life. HELP PEOPLE don’t make things worse. It starts with understanding that people need your help, even if they don’t know it and giving that help in a caring way so people are put at ease not offended.

  29. 43 prolix42
    September 1, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I hope this is my last post on this subject.

    After 3 days she paid the money. She said she had had to wait until her paycheck cleared. I returned it to her and said it was a peace offering – “I’m tired of the war”. She said it wasn’t a war but that I was right, we would never see eye to eye. She is always is on the edge of rude but I guess it’s to be expected.

    In any event, the dogs are quiet and always inside. My peace offering should insure it remains that way. Still, I hope the house sells quickly.

  30. 44 Prolix42
    December 5, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Wow Todd, you’re an ass! You haven’t offered anything structure, just took the opportunity to respond negatively to a few people, eh? What’s your motivation? Someone call you out about your dog?
    You’ve missed the point of this site entirely – or were you just trolling the web to argue with someone? The point you missed is that we non- dog lovers are humans. It’s a dog. We should not have to learn how to speak properly to a rambunctious dog or buy gifts for neighbors who’s dogs ruin our lives. If we do not want to put up with unruly, noisy dogs, it’s our right. Don’t come here and tell us how to deal with distasteful animals. Go to the I love dogs site and join in with those people on how joyous dogs are. We don’t want dogs, to put up with dogs in any way. It’s our right as humans. I can’t imagine how you arrived at the conclusion that other people should learn coping skills for bad dogs. Dog owners should make their dogs not be a nuisance. I find it difficult to understand why that escapes you.

    • 45 Andi
      December 28, 2012 at 1:11 am

      Amen, Prolix42.

      To be fair to poor, illiterate Todd, I assume he is just doing his best to form and express a cohesive thought. Notice his comical grasp of language and grammar in his first post – i.e “recessive person” (is that even a thing?), “there” vs “their”, “won” vs “one”, and my very favorite, “peAple”. This lack of basic intellect may be why he expects the rest of us to cater to unruly and annyoying dogs.

      As I write this, a neighbor’s annoying, yippy dog has been barking for about an hour. I cannot tell exactly where it is coming from, so I cannot leave a note. We live in the desert, and I don’t feel entirely bad in my hopes that a coyote or bobcat will come eat the offending dog already!

      Or, maybe I am just won of those recessive peaple who believes that dog owners should control there own dogs! (I could not even type that with a straight face.)

  31. 46 Mareli Smith
    December 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

    so glad i found this website. I often feel ackward and bad cause i don’t like dogs like the rest of America. I don’t like them for all the reasons people mention above. One thing i didn’t see was “hate having to clean up animal poop” which is the right thing to do whether is your backyard or someone else’s when you’re walkign your dog but does everyone do it? noooooo! I love to walk out to my front yard when someone’s about to let their dog relieve on my magnolia tree outside. I show a not to pleasant demeanor and pet owner has to keep going. I don’t like to go into a house that smells like dog and maybe 3 out of 10 houses do. I divorced my husband because of his obsession with dogs. One day he’s dog was depressed and didn’t want to eat. I was asked to sleep in my children’s room for a couple of days so the dog and hubby could “bond” LOL – he had an expensive rug besides the bed and said my presence was probably making dog jealous. Just telling this story makes me rollover in laughter. One thing about me – as many people as there are that love dogs, i never mind telling them i do not own or wish to own a pet. I sometimes go a bit further and say the only animals I like are cooked and on my plate . ooooooooohh – that’s bad huh?

    • 47 prolix42
      December 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      No, it isn’t bad. I hope they hear you. Friends of mine – dear friends – don’t get it. Further, they don’t hear me when I tell them I don’t want to meet their dog or even hear stories about their dog. I really don’t object to people loving their animals. I just don’t want to.
      BTW, that’s an incredible story!

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  34. 50 bob
    March 13, 2013 at 5:13 am

    i dont like dogs either,thyey stink,i dont like anything about them! sorry just how i feel.

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    • 53 Lilly
      January 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Someone had posted that people don’t like dogs because of fear or ignorance. I can assure you that I’m not afraid of dogs, nor am I ignorant when it comes to them.
      My partner has 2 dogs that are very well trained. We moved in together and I have tried to accept, understand and care about them to no avail. I make sure that they are well cared for but I just truly don’t like dogs!
      I have a hard time understanding why people love them like humans….you pay for something that you have to clean up after, that stinks and sheds and will never change…. at least with my child she matures and becomes self-reliant as she grows.
      I had a friend visit one day and she made a comment about the dogs and how well behaved they are and that they will “grow” on me and I will learn to love them. It’s been almost a year and I dislike them even more! Everyone I know loves animals and everywhere I turn people are boasting about their beloved pet(s) and I feel guilty for not sharing this quality with most others. When I confess my true feelings about disliking dogs people look at me like I have 2 heads. I’m at a point where I’m seriously considering moving out of our home… I would never ask my partner to give the dogs up because they are his “babies” and I came into the relationship knowing he had them. I’m afraid of losing him over this but I cannot be happy living there. sigh…

  37. 54 Barb
    February 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Pleased to know I am not the only one that feels this way. You said it perfectly…people let their animals behave in a way that would never be permitted with children. I don’t mind dogs at all. I just think it’s important for them to know their place, and it’s an owner’s responsibility to make that happen.

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