IExistedOnceBefore wrote:IsThisForReal wrote:IExistedOnceBefore wrote:IsThisForReal wrote:IExistedOnceBefore wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Just a gentle reminder that not every co worker or every client is going to like dogs. They may just not tell you because it's something that will get them mocked or ostracized. They may be allergic or uncomfortable around dogs (or cats). For this reason I'm not a huge fan of pets in the office, purely because most owners don't even think about the fact that there could be someone uncomfortable or unable to be around their dog. Service animals are different, and in atmospheres were it's close knit startup kind of places can be different as well.
A law firm is not the acceptable place.
Thank you. I am genuinely terrified of dogs. I would not admit it though because it comes off as juvenile to most people.
Above anon is me. You're welcome to PM me if you want to talk about it.
This is something I am very concious of and I would honestly hope that someone would let me know this if they are around my dog. I take her to school with me on the weekends. And I'm careful to keep her from going up to people in my neighborhood when we are walking. It's a very poor area and she's a good dog so I don't use a leash. I've also taught her to sit when she approaches someone new rather than jump. Shes only 43 lbs, which is small for me, but I also know a lot of ppl have never had a dog over 10.
I'm going to tell you from personal experience no one is going to let you know. Especially if you aren't using a leash. Leashes are good because it prevents the dog from unexpectedly going up to people. How would they get near you to tell you? The fact that the strange dog is approaching a person without a leash is enough to send some people into a panic attack.
Lots of dog owners like to tell people with fears or allergies their dogs are different. Or they'll make their dog jump on the person who is afraid. Or they'll mock them because they don't understand it. Better to live life without putting yourself in the way of dogs than endure the social ostracism. People are really shitty and unfortunately the action of the shitty is what people base their experience on.
If you're in an enclosed space you'd have no other option. I'm not going to leash my dog in an enclosed room.
And when I'm walking her she is not allowed to go up to people unexpectedly. They have to show some kind of interest before I would let that happen. And even then she probably doesn't care enough about you to come up to you.
Ah see. And here's the issue. In an enclosed space your dog wins over me. You're not going to leash her. That's where people don't tell you. It's rude and inconsiderate.
If it's in your house? Of course not. It's yours and pups house. I would never impose like that.
But in an elevator or an office? If someone gets hives from dog contact or has a panic attack because you won't leash your dog and you won't even consider it? Why would they waste their breathe telling you. There is another option. Not associating with you. And then you lose my business as well.
Also just so you know. Most public areas have leash laws. I would double check yours.
What an odd tirade against dogs. I'm guessing you had a traumatic experience at some point in your life?
OP, I was an SA in SF/SV last summer, and there was an associate who brought his dog to work almost every day. He had a child gate to keep the dog in his office and took him on walks every few hours. Very quiet and well-behaved dog, though. It might not be possible with some breeds. Also, I'd be hesitant to do it as a first year.