What is going on in the dog world?
Nope, this isn’t a joke. It’s for real. I came across this sign this past weekend right here in Dubuque, IA. We were heading out for breakfast Sunday morning when we drove past a new, very nice, mobile home development property. It was complete with nicely paved streets, sidewalks, well manicured lawns, landscaping, a lovely park and this sign at the entrance.
I’m not a stranger to “No Dog’s Allowed” signs at some of our area parks and public areas, but I’ve never seen something like this in a residential development. Perhaps the home owners are not allowed to own dogs either, I don’t know.
So why is it that dogs are less welcome in our societies? Why are they viewed as such a nuisance that signs like this are necessary? Is it the “not picking up after them” issue?
Or is it something more?
Today I also posted a pic on our Facebook page of a dog trainer friend from Singapore who is currently visiting. During his stay we discussed the large number of breeds banned in his country and many more who are required to wear a muzzle while in public. I was truly stunned to learn of the mandatory muzzling of nearly a dozen breeds. And this requirement is anytime they are in public.
While we spend time in petty arguments over training tools, this is what is going on. More bans and legislation keep appearing that limits our options and our right to chose.
What are your thoughts? What is going on? Are you seeing this trend in your community? Is this just another symptom of the trend in believing you can legislate people into developing common sense, respect and taking responsibility?
And perhaps the most important question for all of us to concentrate on is, how can we work together to stop the trend?