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I wrote this article one day after seeing two huge Malamutes stuck inside a car on a day that I could barely breathe outside. I was so angry that someone could be that irresponsible, and it made me realize that there are a lot of people out there that just should not be allowed to own dogs. I should say that I've also worked in dog kennels and daycares, so I can personally attest to some of these points.
Which People Just Shouldn't Own Dogs?
Since anyone can get a dog, many people who should not own dogs end up acquiring them through various means. Sometimes they receive them as gifts. Sometimes they buy them for horrible reasons like for dogfighting. Sometimes they buy them without a clue about what a dog needs. Whatever the case, there are many people out there that should not own dogs. Following are six such examples.
1. People Who Travel a Great Deal and Have to Leave Their Dogs in Kennels
Dogs cannot be left alone for a few days, like cats, with a person checking in on them once or twice. Most dogs are not litter-trained, and they need to go outside to do their business. They drink and eat more than cats, and a limited supply of food or water can run out very quickly. And unlike cats, they can get lonely and upset very quickly if left alone.
Because dogs are not apt to stay at home by themselves, they have to be babysat by someone trusted or go to a kennel. If a kennel is the only option, then this can be a terrifying and lonely experience for the dog.
Dogs can suffer a great amount of stress at a kennel. They are loud and chaotic. The people looking after the dogs usually cannot devote special attention to a single dog, which adds to the stress of dogs that need some attention. Often dogs urinate and defecate in their kennels because their schedule is thrown off, and then they have to live in that kennel until it is cleaned.
A kennel is not a long-term situation for any dog, so no person who travels extensively should own a dog.
2. People Who Leave Their Dogs in Hot Cars
On warm days, you will often find a dog in a parked car in any given parking lot. Sometimes the window will be left open a little, and sometimes not. Many times the dog will be a big breed with tons of hair to act like a fur coat. And every year a number of dogs die of heatstroke or death because they have been left in a car that turned into an oven within minutes. The owners who think that dogs do not succumb to heat should not be allowed to own dogs.
Knowledgeable and caring owners leave their dogs at home on a hot day. If they bring them out for a car ride, then they have a friend who can look after them when they run into a store, or they leash them up outside in the shade. They do not leave them in a car that can become an instant death trap due to high heat.
I should add that I looked for statistics on this, but I couldn't find any. However, I know that I see this at least once per day during the summer, so I would have to make an intelligent guess and say the statistics would show a high occurrence of death or injury from this point.
3. People Who Leave Their Dogs Outside All Day
So many dogs live a life outside, away from their owners and other pets that are inside. Whether the owner has an acre of land, a small yard, or a balcony, dogs should not be left outside all day. Any owner who thinks that this is best should not own a dog.
Dogs are pack animals and have a strong attachment to their human family. They need attention and love, and being isolated outside all day can cause them a lot of mental pain. Additionally, outside dogs are at risk for injury from animals, humans, and the weather. They are also more likely to be stolen and sold for profit. Lastly, they can become yard aggressive and be hostile to everyone, even people they know, who invade their property.
4. People Who Do Not Exercise Their Dogs
You don’t need to be a dog expert to know that dogs love to play, walk, and run. Dogs are naturals when it comes to exercise. Without exercise, they can become overweight and bored. Walks and backyard excursions often bring about many interesting things to see and do.
Some dogs can get their exercise from playing with another dog or running around the backyard; however, if a household has no other pets and no backyard, and the owner does not enjoy playing with their dog or taking him or her for walks, then the owner should not own a dog.
5. People Who Do Not Consider a Dog's Dietary Needs
Just like humans and all other creatures on Earth, dogs live because of food. Without food, they would die. Some people think that dogs can eat anything and thrive on it, and these people should not own dogs.
Cheap dog food is often made up of ingredients that dogs do not need, like grain, corn, and additives. Not only are these ingredients (fillers) not nutritious for dogs, but they often make up the bulk of cheap dog food.
Dogs are carnivores, which means they need a diet full of meat. However, not all dogs are the same, and their diet needs can vary depending on their age, health, and activity level. Oils, organ meat, vegetables, and vitamins can all be an important part of a dog’s diet, and responsible owners know this.
6. People Who Smoke
I see this one a lot. Especially with older men and their little Shih Tzus. They are driving down the road with their windows rolled up, and the old man is smoking his life away. The poor dog doesn't have a choice in the matter, and the owner doesn't really care. (I also see this with little kids in the car.)
A dog is made up some the same stuff we are. They have teeth that need to be cared for. They have a stomach, heart, and brain, and they have lungs. I used to smoke, but I knew enough to keep it to myself and spare my dogs the toxins that I knew were bad for me and them.
"There have been a number of scientific papers recently that have reported the significant health threat secondhand smoke poses to pets," MacAllister said. "Secondhand smoke has been associated with oral cancer and lymphoma in cats, lung and nasal cancer in dogs, as well as lung cancer in birds."- Livescience
Quit smoking before you get a dog, or at least plan to smoke away from your dog so they don't have to suffer the same effects without a choice.
Dogs Deserve Responsible Owners
In conclusion, there are a lot of people that shouldn’t own dogs but do. Owning a dog should be a privilege, not a right, as they are lives that become dependent on us for proper care and happiness when we accept one into our lives.
I noticed that someone thought this article was funny. That person should not own a dog. I can't even imagine the mentality someone would need to have to think that it is funny that I am talking about caring and being compassionate for another life.
What do you think?
Questions & Answers
Question: How long can a dog stay out in 23-degree weather?
Answer: It depends on the dog. But, in my book, not longer than it wants to stay out.
Question: Not allowing your dog outside is alright?
Answer: Dogs should be allowed outside. It's where they go to the bathroom. It's where they explore and learn about their world. I'm not sure what you are trying to ask with your short question.
Llaa on September 27, 2018:
My motto is: You get a pet, you keep a pet. And I was very upset that the vet ethuzenized my dog years ago! It’s not fair that people are treated better than other animals!
unknown on January 07, 2018:
That is very awsome
Zd on August 08, 2017:
Cazz on April 19, 2017:
I think a lot of people buy a puppy without doing any research on what it actually takes to own a dog. U only have to look at how many immature dogs and puppies end up in the pound after Xmas! People who have never owned dogs buy the cute puppy in the pet store and don't realise it is close to the level of responsibility of having a baby. I think responsible breeders usually educate buyers on the correct care and commitment necessary for their breed and the animal to be sold but pet shops and puppy farmers don't care where the dog ends up which I believe is often why buyers end up with either a breed or animal that is completely incompatible to their home and or lifestyle. I know there are horrible people that are just abusive to their dogs but I prefer to think the majority of people who do these kinds of things to their pets are simply ignorant to the animals needs. For instance I have had dogs and cats my whole life but have never thought twice about smoking around them! Luckily as I have children I've always smoked outside anyway but it never even occurred to me that animals could be harmed by 2nd hand smoke! Makes sense when I think about it but I've never seen it mentioned until today. So I think the message is that breeders and people selling dogs should make sure the buyer is educated on the care the particular dog needs and buyers should do their research to make sure that they buy the right dog if any for their family, circumstances and lifestyle.
BusyBee on June 16, 2016:
My sister picked up an almost dead puppy (due to the cold outside) out of pity and got her home. We nursed and kept her warm and in a few days it was on it's feet. We have a very busy schedule and don't live with our parents but we found a reason to get home early. We took turns to take her out for walks, feed and play. We couldn't leave her back on streets,even though we were not ready to adopt a pet. We did have a tough time managing our time at home. But where there is a will there is a way, as they say, we try our best to spend most of the time at home now. I hardly go out with my friends now, even if I did,I bail out in the middle of the party coz I have to get back home to feed my starving dog. It's tough but all that and every other feeling fades away when you see the happy puppy running towards you wagging it's tail as hard as it could. It's been over 6 months now and I realized that it's smarter than 5 year old kid!!!
Roxanne Ramirez on May 11, 2016:
I agree with you. I have 5 miniature poodles, all boys, all neutered, and updated on shots and checkups for this year. I learned as much about them before keeping them. I do not keep them out side all day but I take them out several times a day for 30 through 45 minutes at a time to make sure the play, do their busy and just be dogs for a while. Dogs are like kids, we need to give them attention, discipline and lots of love. I do not mind giving them my time and attention and my daughters help a lot and some people do not understand that and think once they get the dog they can take care of themselves and do not take into consideration what the dog is going through. I say if you do not have the time and make the effort to keep them right, maybe it is time to find them a home that will.
Kari (author) on October 13, 2013:
@Pat - I agree! I've actually asked a woman who did that if I could find her dog a better home and she had the nerve to tell me that he was her guard dog.
Pat Matheis on October 12, 2013:
I'd like to add - people who tie their dogs outside all day and night, regardless of weather and either ignore them completely or just yell at them for o reason. There should be a special place in hell for some of these people!
Kari (author) on July 31, 2013:
@Winter - Excellent point! Know your breed before you buy to ensure they are a fit for your lifestyle. A dog is not just a 'dog'. They are all different and all have various needs and traits. Thanks for that!
Chris from Illinois on July 31, 2013:
Great hub. I couldn't agree more. Obviously when a dog is outdoors with their person, they are happy. I would mention people that don't take into consideration what a puppy will grow into. I currently have a 9 month old rescue rottweiler. As a puppy he was adorable. At 9 months, he weighs 90 pounds and is still growing. It frustrates me as someone who works with rescue when people abandon puppies because they didn't realize a hound howls, a border collie needs a job, and a mastiff will grow to almost 200 pounds. Do the research.
Kari (author) on July 22, 2013:
OMG - I hear you! There should be a serious screening that people go through before they are allowed to buy a life and bring and it home. It just doesn't make sense that they should get another dog (let alone the one they have.) And what the heck is going on in their heads? So frustrating.
I applaud you for taking action to help that dog.
Frustrated on July 22, 2013:
A Rant: My neighbors got a puppy 6 years ago. After 6 months she was on a chain behind the house. One night when it was snowing and 20F, I'd had enough. I intervened and got a fence built so she could live off the chain, brought her a house, got her spayed. Now, I go over and feed her and change her water several times a week--the owners don't really keep up on this. This afternoon I looked out the window and saw they have a new puppy over there. I feel sick and angry. Why can just anyone get a dog!?
Kari (author) on December 22, 2012:
@Faith - Agreed with your agreement! We need to start looking at animals as little beings that we should (and can) protect...not little beings here for our amusement.
Faith A Mullen on December 21, 2012:
Agreed. So many people have pets when they shouldn't. I wish that all people would consider the health and happiness of the animal before becoming an owner.
Kari (author) on December 14, 2012:
@christine - I am one of the biggest believers that there are many people shouldn't have kids, for many different reasons. And I agree, the golden rule is so simple, and easy, yet it could solve so many issues in a moment.
christinet44 on December 13, 2012:
i agree ... I paid extra in the summertime to leave the air conditioner on in my apartment for my dog when I was at work. Seeing animals locked up in cars when it's hot outside really upsets me too.
But you know what? A lot of people shouldn't have kids either.
If only everyone would live by the rule, "Treat others the way you want to be treated." Then a lot of this stuff could be avoided.
Kari (author) on December 13, 2012:
@AliciaC - I see this kind of stuff all the time too. I should add, people smoking around their pets. In fact, I think I will go add that now!
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 12, 2012:
This is an important hub, Relationshipc. It's very sad when dogs and other pets end up in the situations that you describe. Thank you for creating the hub. It's a great warning for people who are considering getting a pet.
Kari (author) on November 07, 2012:
I agree K9, but will they listen?!
India Arnold from Northern, California on November 07, 2012:
Great hub! Every person who is considering getting a dog should read this! Well done!
Kari (author) on August 30, 2012:
Kate: agreed - I believe there are just some people who shouldn't have dogs and/or kids.
Tell your roommate that they need stimulation of the world around them. The backyard provides the same stimulation over and over again, but they learn about their world through smell and walks. Tell her it will make her dogs smarter, more balanced, and more relaxed.
KateWest from Los Angeles, CA on August 30, 2012:
Yeah, bad parents and bad pet owners - too many. But I think the good balances that out. I hope so anyway. I just had an argument with my roommate that ALL dogs need to be walked (she says her little dogs don't because the backyard is "enough"). It's a major responsibility having a dog. And I'm not a cat person (dog all the way) but if you can't commit, go that cat route!
Kari (author) on August 26, 2012:
Wow, that is a good example Jackie. It's so hard for me to believe that people can look at dogs/pets as replaceable - like a coffee table or something. Thanks for sharing.
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 25, 2012:
My sister is a person who should not have dogs. She use to live along the highway and I was always hearing of a cat or dog of hers being killed. She just went and got another one. Like boo hoo but I can replace it. I started to say if you had kids getting hit there they would do something but just remembered she did have a kid get hit there but she was in the yard and the car came into the yard, not my sisters doing. You are right though, some people should not be allowed animals of any kind.
Kari (author) on July 21, 2012:
Lucy: My dogs also help me take breaks from work, sometimes too many! And yes, I'm the same when it comes to alerting people who can do something about the dog in the car...I don't care if I have to deal with an angry dumbass - I would rather see a dog live.
Robin Young from Boise on July 21, 2012:
I agree 100%. I only adopted my first dog two years ago when I was allowed to telecommute to work, thus spending a lot of time attending to her needs. She also helps me back by making me take breaks from work. I personally would alert store personnel, alert the police, and if necessary, break in a car window to save a dog's life - it's worth the hassle that would likely follow.
Kari (author) on July 20, 2012:
Bob: Very important point indeed! It's not like buying an object, this is a life we are talking about. It takes some consideration and honesty with yourself as to whether or not you can handle the commitment.
Jaye: I couldn't agree with you more.
Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on July 20, 2012:
Some people shouldn't have pets, just as some people shouldn't have children. Sometimes it's the same people.....
Bob Bamberg on July 20, 2012:
Five very good points! I would add a sixth: people who are susceptible to impulse buys. A former relative by marriage bought a puppy on impulse and after a few weeks re-homed him because she found she wasn't ready to make the necessary commitment after all. People who are considering buying a pet need to do some homework first.
Kari (author) on July 20, 2012:
Thanks for adding that insight Anne. You are absolutely right.
annerivendell from Dublin, Ireland on July 20, 2012:
Great Hub. Just re your first point, cats also don't like being left alone for days and can get lonely too. Maybe not so much as dogs, but they are a much more sociable animal than many people realize. And cats also find catteries hugely stressful. In fact, most of your points also apply to cats, although few people bring their cat out in the car with them. Our local animal shelter will not release a cat to someone who intends leaving them outdoors all day. Voted your hub up.
Kari (author) on July 20, 2012:
Thanks Mark and Bukarella. :) And I agree Mark, if the owners are outside with them all day then that's fine. That was the point I was trying to make...you just worded it better. It's when they are outside looking in (alone) that they suffer.
Lyudmyla Hoffman from United States on July 20, 2012:
couldn't agree more. Tweeted.
Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 20, 2012:
Excellent! I will share this on hubpages.
My only comment was on number 3, it should be "people who leave their dogs alone all day" since if the owner is outside and his dogs are with him (farmers, ranchers, slackers on the beach) their dogs are fine, and really happy.