As more human-centric spaces open up to dogs, animal experts caution that some pups are simply happier at home
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While these little bits of canine inclusiveness tend to anger anti-dog curmudgeons, they make sense to me. Companion animals are rightfully considered part of the family to many. It’s understandable that a person might want to spend time with their dog doing the activities that person enjoys. But dogs are individuals, and each has their own set of needs and boundaries. It is worth considering, before you take off for a pint at the dog-friendly bar, whether that activity will also be enjoyable for your particular sweet pup.
“Dogs are really good at letting us know how they’re feeling,” Efimova says. “But we tend to view behavior through a lens of convenience for us.” It’s important not to misinterpret signs of distress as “bad” behavior, or set your dog up to fail. If they’re whining and pulling on their leash while you’re trying to have a leisurely brunch, it’s not likely that they’re trying to ruin your outing; they’re attempting to communicate their needs.