Wednesday, January 18

Survey Says Dogs Cause Household Arguments

I can't tell you how many times I have been in a training session and a couple has gotten into it over their dog.  Talk about awkward!  I never know if I should get involved or sit their until they are done.  I usually say something related to the training to get us back on track.  But I see this a lot.  So when I read Dogsters blog on a British pet insurance company doing a survey that shows just how many household arguments Fido is causing, I was not all that surprised.

I feel lucky that my boyfriend is so easy going, Neville is the last thing we would fight about.  I think if anything, we fight over the cat waking us up night after night far more often than we would ever fight over what the dog is doing.

I found the statistics in the survey interesting, especially how many people considered getting rid of their pooch due to the argument.  I also had to chuckle over some of the disputes listed on the top 20 list.  For your viewing pleasure here are the findings and list.

An interesting new survey reveals that our furry best friends are the cause of three family arguments every week — about 2,000 arguments in an average dog’s lifetime.
The survey by esure pet insurance of some 2,000 dog owners shows that dogs are at the root of some 156 doggy disputes per year per household. The argy-bargy topics include who should walk the dog, feed the dog, or clean up the poo in the yard. Discipline and training also cause strife.
The British insurance agency found that about one-fourth of the dog owners say they regularly argue about where the dog is and is not allowed in the house. Most contentious in that category are where a dog can sleep, especially when one party wants a dog on a bed or sofa and the other does not. And a portion of households have problems because someone “insists on treating the dog like a human.”
Sometimes the disagreements get so bad that in 17 percent of households, one family member ends up sleeping in a spare room. In a quarter of the households, someone has stormed out of a room because of the row.
Here is quite a disturbing finding (and I can tell they did not poll any Dogsters): According to the survey results, 26 percent of dog owners “have at some point considered getting rid of their beloved pooch after a particularly bad barney.”
Here, for the record, are the top 20 dog disputes, as found by the survey:
  1. What to do with the dog when going away on holiday / for the weekend
  2. The fact the dog hasn’t been walked/who should walk him
  3. Whether the dog should be allowed on the beds
  4. Whether the dog should be allowed upstairs
  5. Who should clean up the mess in the back garden
  6. One of the owners is being too harsh on the dog
  7. One of the owners lets the dog onto the sofa
  8. How much one of the owners has spent on the dog
  9. Training the dog
  10. Allowing the dog to be fed from the dining table
  11. Who should babysit / look after the dog
  12. Grooming the dog
  13. Damage that has been caused to the house by the dog
  14. Who chose to buy the dog in the first place
  15. Who should clear up the mess when the dog goes to the toilet on the carpet
  16. Who should clear up the mess when the dog is sick on the carpet
  17. One of the owners insists on treating the dog like a human
  18. One of the owners lets the dog into a room of the house they are not normally allowed into
  19. The kid’s toys have been eaten
  20. Shoes have been chewed
If there is one piece of advice I can give you about arguing over your dog, it is this...remember that they only want to love you, not cause you distress.  So if your partner is not doing their part, don't take it out on the dog.

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