Pet Peeves: Addressing Dog Abuse and Neglect with Education



My pet peeves may not be your pet peeves and some may clearly disagree or have their own opinions. Pet peeves can all be different but this blog is solely designed to initiate specific thinking into why some people are so ‘dogmatic’ in handling and treating their dogs in certain ways.

Riding In The Bed Of Pickup Trucks

Number one pet peeve is when I observe a dog/s riding in the bed of a pickup truck. Having been involved in animal rescue over the years, I have heard many justifications for why owners allow their dogs to ride in the bed of a pickup truck. I have also known of instances where the dog was thrown out of the back of the truck accidentally. In one case the driver went around a corner too fast and the dog fell out, fracturing its pelvis. In another instance the dog had its leash secured inside the bed and was half hung and dragged a distance.

Owners should really think about the safety of the animal and keep the dog inside the cab of the truck. The owner may be a good driver and normally exercise caution but what about the inadequate driver who is distracted or runs a traffic light or stop sign and hits the vehicle? The dog then becomes a projectile flying through the air. If you really love your dogs, keep them inside the vehicle where they will be more protected.

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

Number two pet peeve is chaining dogs outside in the yard instead of having them in the house with the family. Domesticated dogs still exhibit pack tendencies and they still crave togetherness. While humans don’t look, smell, act or think like dogs, they do represent a pack in which the dog feels comfortable. Dogs look to us to provide them security, affection and protection in their environment. While some breeds may be more protective of their family/pack, they also expect us to provide them protection as well. 

When the pack is inside the house and a dog is chained or confined outside, they are effectively banished from the main pack. I have heard people say that their dog prefers the outdoors to being inside with the rest of the family. I don’t find that a totally acceptable excuse. There are any number of reasons the dog may “appear” to want to remain outside as opposed to inside with the pack/family. If a rescue, the prior owner may never have allowed it inside and that is the dogs limited experience. Perhaps the dog never received the socialization it needs to be an integral part of the family/pack.

G. Carlisle
3/17/2020 2:28:19 PM

Bruce, this is such a great post from a voice of experience. Out newly adopted Ellie, displays some of the same idiosyncrasies you mentioned, having been abandoned by a hunter and also shows signs of abuse. She, however, is so loving and trusting of us, even after a few days of having her. She is very hesitant to come inside, but sleeps all night when she does. Loud noises scare her as well. It will take time and patience, both of which we will devote to her because we love her dearly. Thank You for sharing you story!

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