Today’s Public Service Announcement is brought to you by the letter “S”, as in, we really want people to stop spewing the phrase “He’s never done that before!” Just stop. STOP.
We’ve all heard it before, the rage inducing phrase, “He’s never done that before!”, usually following a particularly egregious display of bad dog behavior. It seems to be the go-to phrase after a dog acts a fool and is usually in lieu of an actual apology. When we hear this cringe-worthy phrase, we are apt to think one of two things:
1. While technically Sir Fluffykins has never actually shot across the sidewalk on his flexi-leash and bitten a stranger before, his owner was either unaware of or in denial about the obvious signals that the Fluffs has been showing. Let’s be clear. Dogs rarely, if ever, attack for no reason. We often misinterpret a dog attacking “out of the blue” and “without warning”‘ because we simply missed the signs. Just because you didn’t see it doesn’t mean that your dog wasn’t giving every indication that he was about to go all Piranhaconda on a passerby.
2. Sir Fluffykins has a canine rap-sheet longer than his shitty pedigree and the owner would rather lie about it than admit that their dog is a nuisance, or worse yet, dangerous.
In the first scenario, as annoying as this phrase can be, we won’t throw too much shade at you as long as you actually acknowledge the issue and <gasp> take action to prevent you from becoming a repeat offender (see #2 above). Ignoring the behavior or shrugging it off as a freak incident is only going to bite you in the ass (or more likely, in someone else’s ass) later on.
And for those people who fall into category 2? Suck it (also brought to you by the letter S). Why on earth would you continue to set your dog up for failure and allow them to repeatedly be an asshole? There are so many things you can do to manage a dog with a history of dangerous behavior. Does your dog go after anything with wheels? Don’t take it to a skate park. Does your dog dislike children? Put the dog away when kids come over to your house. And if your dog is a known biter, manage the crap out of them, and if you must be around things that trigger your dog, there is no shame in putting him in a muzzle. We’d much rather you walk around with a Hannibal Lecter look-alike than walk around acting like nothing is wrong biding your time before you tell someone else, yet again, that your dog has never done this before. That shit gets around, and by the fifth time you’ve told someone in the neighborhood that your dog has never attacked another dog before, people will be on to you. You know what happens when you piss off your whole neighborhood? People show up with pitch forks and torches. Or the HOA…..either way, don’t be that person.
**Tired of hearing this phrase? What about any of these others rage-inducing phrases we’ve covered before ? Let us know in the comments!**