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Person asks if people should be taking their dogs to public spaces, sparking fierce debate

One person questioned if public spaces such as parks, cafes, and outdoor events be dog-friendly.

Person asks if people should be taking their dogs to public spaces, sparking fierce debate
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Recent debates about the ownership of pets have been raging on Twitter, with one user starting the conversation by asking the simple question: what if people didn't take their dogs everywhere? This question has been met with a flurry of opinions from both sides of the argument. People who are in favor of taking dogs everywhere argued that many places expressly welcome dogs, such as parks, outdoor festivals and certain brunch patios because these are expansive places where people with allergies or a general aversion to dogs can easily avoid them if they wish and enjoy their outing.



 

 

However, those against taking dogs everywhere argued that it's not always appropriate and that it's necessarily not in the best interests of the dogs either. Many also suggested that people should take a more nuanced approach, where owners need to think carefully about where to bring their pets. There were mixed opinions of people on the platform. One user wrote, "like 150 years ago to 150k years ago dogs were always by our side day or night. Leaving them at your house all day is the unnatural thing." @ah_dun_twooted says, "I used to work at a liquor store and while it was fun to get to see so many dogs I cannot imagine what possesses people to bring a large, energetic dog with a heavy tail into a building filled with unsecured glass bottles."

"For me, it's mainly how (in America at least) people seem much more tolerant of dogs in public spaces than they do kids and babies. And also seem to care more for dogs than homeless people", says @Benhartman. "I work in a grocery store and the amount of people that insist on having their dogs with them is amazing. I’m fine with it if it is a service animal, but too many people just can’t leave their pets behind. It’s honestly quite gross having someone’s dog sitting in a cart." commented @Ed_The_Ripper



 

 

It's a heated argument on Twitter, but the real battles will be fought in coffee shops and the Targets of our cities. Owners need to be aware that not everyone is comfortable being around animals. Moreover, in some places, it’s just not appropriate to bring a pet. Ultimately, it’s up to pet owners to decide when and where to bring their dogs, but they should always bear in mind the feelings of those around them and whether or not it’s actually in the best interests of the pet. In the end, the key is to be considerate. Think about where you’re going and the people and animals that you’ll be around. Being mindful of both other people’s feelings and the welfare of your pet is the best way to ensure that everyone has a pleasant experience.

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