What is condoning? For some people, it’s a simple question to answer. If you don’t want your children playing with a collector plate, you don’t throw the plate away; rather, you claim ownership of the property it once was on and display it proudly. For other people, however, this same concept becomes a bit more difficult to grasp. If, for example, your dog steals something from you and the local police to come and take him away, do you stand by your statement that your dog belongs to you and does nothing but steal from you?
These are very controversial topics, ones that can be answered by a simple majority – yes or no. The majority of citizens would say that, while they would not like or appreciate the police looking into their dogs, they would tolerate such an investigation as long as the police officers involved remain professional and ethical. (That is, if they do their job.)
But what is condoning? To some people, what is condoned isn’t stealing; it is following the law and keeping your word. After all, if the police know they can look into your dog and still uphold your rights, why should you let them get rough with him? It is not uncommon for some dog owners to become so angered at this notion that they begin verbally attacking the police officers involved in their home. They often refer to them as “pigs,” and tell them to “get out of my yard.” (No matter how much these individuals sincerely feel about their pet’s theft, they are wrong!)
Others are simply concerned that the police officers might be abusing their power. After all, aren’t these exactly the same issues that occur in abusive relationships, where one spouse abuses of the other, or where one partner uses physical force against another? People are naturally defensive of their own, and when they feel their rights are being threatened, they will do everything within their power to stop the abuse. This is why, in a nutshell, what is condoned by one person might not be what the next person feels is fair.
The bottom line is that no matter how much one might feel is justified in abusing his or her pet, what is condoned by another person isn’t necessarily so. If you are unsure as to what is condoned in your home, it would probably be best to check around with local law enforcement officials. Often, these officers will have the ability to give legal advice to people who are concerned about whether or not what is condoned by others is fair in their homes. In many cases, they will be able to give you specific examples of what is not condoned.
What is condoned in a home, may be different than what is condoned in a business. For example, what is condoned in a home to allow a dog to roam free and play on the carpet while there are guests is different than what is condoned in a business where pets are banned and a security guard is called in to ensure that the business runs smoothly. There are a number of different situations that fall under this broad heading. The point is, that no matter how much one might feel is okay with a dog on the carpet or in the yard, he or she is still on the property and subject to all laws.
A dog that has been trained to behave properly may also be taken into another’s home. If the owner and the dog live in the same household, then the dog may be expected to obey its master. However, if the owner does not live with the dog, then the dog may be expected to behave appropriately when the owner is not present. In some cases, if a dog exhibits unwanted behavior, then it may be reported to the owner, who may issue a fine if the owner cannot make the proper accommodations with the dog.
What is condoned in your city or town will vary from place to place. Therefore, it would be a good idea to take a look at the local ordinances pertaining to owning a dog. You may find that it is okay to let your dog roam free within your community, but there may be places in your community that are off limits, depending on what the local laws say. It would be a good idea to research this yourself before making any decisions.