It is astounding the number of times a strange dog as leapt towards my children while the owner claims “don’t worry, he’s very friendly!” How am I supposed to know he’s friendly as my children pull back in fear? And I’m just supposed to take their word for it?! Nope. I don’t think so. This might ruffle a few feathers, but I don’t allow my children to touch dogs they don’t know. And owners who encourage my kids to pet their dogs are one of my biggest pet peeves as a mom. (lol, see what I did there?!)
Now I’m not anti-dog. The people closest to me know that I’m not a pet person and I have no intention of becoming a pet owner. But I don’t hate animals, and I certainly don’t encourage my children to dislike them. But I do teach my children to be cautious. And there are way too many pet-owners out there who are undermining my efforts.
These are the main reasons why I won’t allow my kids to pet strange dogs.