Barking Dogs

Welcome back to another of these rare posts! Ok, they’re getting scarcer but there are over 50 posts stored in here now, so I think there’s enough to keep anyone reading into the wee small hours! Anyway, this post is going to be about barking dogs and how they can be a nuisance to some people and a comfort to others.

When you live in an enclose street, or in a small estate where building face onto each other dogs barking can echo around the place and amplify to levels that can be annoying especially to those people who are not dog lovers (yes, such an entity exists amongst us real humans!). There’s not much you can do about it without taking drastic and what would end up being hugely unpopular action, so how can the problem be minimised or at least restricted so that its not going on all day.

As you know, when one dog starts, another joins in and then another until you have a cacophony of barks, yaps, howls and growls all going on at once! As one dog stops, a new one starts so this can go on for a while!

To minimise the problem, you could try keeping your dog indoors when you’re not at home. I know that is probably what most dog owners do anyway, but there are plenty who leave their dogs in the back yard or garden while they’re out. Why they should want to do this is odd – surely you’d want your home’s best chance of warding off a potential house breaking burglar to be inside where he’ll do the most good and not outside where he is ineffective! But then some people simply don’t think along those lines, until they’re broken into and their dog is barking his head off out in the yard where the burglar, from an upstairs window is giving it the finger as he rifles through your stuff.

Of course, a barking dog is supposed to deter a burglar and its true. But when there are several dogs barking away at once and they’re all outside, people get immune to the noise and ignore the warning that one of those poor dogs is trying to give.

Still want to keep your dog outside?

A dog inside the house is much more effective as an anti-burglar device because no self respecting burglar is keep to go head to head with the jaws of a snarling, angry dog, especially if its a big one! Any burglar faced with a house containing a dog will usually skip it and go next door (to the house who’s owner thinks its better to keep the dog chained up in the back yard). With nothing in the house to give him any trouble, your average burglar is going to get in, trash your home, steal what he can, smash up what he can’t and probably throw the contents of your fridge at the dog through the kitchen window just to show he’s probably a bigger dog lover than you are!

So, next time you’re being driven mad by the local dog chorus, spare a thought for why they’re all barking. Maybe, just maybe one of your neighbours is being burgled while you’re cursing at his dog for making so much noise. Of course, if you spot one back yard dog who suddenly stops barking and starts eating, you have probably found the culprit and where it all started from!

Terry Didcott
For Dogs

The Dangers of Walking a Dog Without a Leash

Hi everyone, I’m back on another mini crusade here at For Dogs when it comes to the way some people treat their dogs, be it with love and kindness or with arrogance and neglect. And those who don’t know the difference.

This post, as you probably got from the title is all about the dangers of walking a dog without a leash anywhere that might place that dog’s life at risk. For all the PC brigade who were ready to jump on this because they think that this was going to be a post about how a dog not on a leash might be a danger to people, sorry to disappoint. When I see an idiot walking along the street with an apparently obedient dog trotting alongside without a leash I want to go over and brain them to knock some sense into their thick skulls.

Never mind the danger to people. That’s for another post. This one is purely about the danger to the dog!

This is something plenty of people just don’t think of because they’re so wrapped up in the current trend of being scared shitless whenever they see a dog because they immediately think its going to bite them or their kids. The reality is that it happens less often than the media hype is out to make you believe, but as I said, that’s a topic for another post.

Back to the dog’s safety for a minute. Here’s a thing that maybe you might not be aware of. Or you probably do, but anyone who walks a dog without a leash in a street obviously does not. That is a dog does not understand what a car is. Shall I repeat that for all you morons who think otherwise?

A dog does not understand what a car is.

A dog does not understand that if it sees another dog on the other side of the street and runs across to say hi and a car happens to intercept it that it will be seriously injured or could die. We know this, but a dog does not. A dog cannot comprehend that a piece of metal cruising along the street weighing over a ton and traveling at even a moderate speed is a potentially lethal object that can maim or kill it.

Now, all those supposed dog lovers who think they are loving and kind to their dogs and believe that their dogs are so obedient that they will never in a million years run in front of a car, you are arrogant beyond belief and you will likely get your dog killed and than you will get mad and blame the car driver or blame the local authority for not putting up a fence or you will blame the guy across the street who is innocently walking his dog (who, incidentally IS on a leash and is still alive). You will blame everyone but yourself because you cannot comprehend that your dog just did that. Why? Because he’s never done that before?

You can’t get through to these people. I come across them every day and when I open my mouth and mention that they should really have their dog on a leash for its own safety I get reactions ranging from total apathy to, “its not a dangerous breed” right up to incensed rage that how dare I presume to tell them how to walk their damn dog!

Well how dare they be so arrogant and so moronic to believe that they know what is best for their dog? No one can predict what a dog will do in a certain situation. Even the best trained police dogs will have an unpredictable moment every now and again.

Dogs are dogs, they’re not humans and they don’t think like us.

The sooner these arrogant bastards wake up to that fact, the better I’ll feel when I take mine for their walk, suitably tethered I might add. There are too many dogs injured or killed by cars when it could have been so easily prevented by a short length of chain or leather and an attitude of sensibility and understanding.

Ok, end of crusade. I doubt if anyone will take a whole load of notice, at least not anyone who is willing to make a difference. Those that will never listen probably wouldn’t be reading this anyway.

Terry Didcott
For Dogs