As you likely guessed from previous posts, I’m not a dog person at all. I’ve been bitten too many times and are generally nervous around them. But I get there are people who love their dog like its their family members (ok I do find that odd).
But I find dogs in cafes questionable.
I have seen dogs on seats, chairs and table tops. Witnessed and left as they have barked the place down, attacked each other, seen them walking around loose with no lead. Its seriously not a place where I feel comfortable and I’m sure others feel the same; even the dog lovers.
This is why I was impressed to see Ezra & Gil’s #Ezrapetiquette (even if it looks like Ez-rape?).
- Ensure your dog is housetrained.
- Your dog is well behaved & can sit, stay & come on command.
- Your dog is kept on a lead at all times.
- Make sure your dog doesn’t disturb other customers.
- Your dog is kept on a floor & away from food.
- Your dog is not anxious & uncomfortable around people.
- Pack waste bags incase of any accidents,
- Dog Lovers – please ensure you ask owners permission before petting their dogs.
This might seem very obvious, but like many conferences include a code of conduct. Some people need a little reminder and theres got to be a clear expression of whats accepted and not. Dogs on tables and chairs wouldn’t be accepted if I was writing one.
Under the Act, it’s illegal for a dog to be ‘out of control’ or to bite or attack someone. The legislation also makes it an offence if a person is worried or afraid (the term is ‘reasonable apprehension’) that a dog may bite them. So it’s important to ensure that your dog is kept under control at all times and in all places.
Something to remind dog owners of as I head for the door next time.