Co-worker brings pitbull to the office

Google COm451
Jun 18, 2018 36 Comments

I'm all for (leashed) dogs at work, but this seems irresponsible if you even glance at the statistics on dog bites. The dog hasn't been directly aggressive towards anyone, but it's pretty well established that these dogs can snap at the drop of a hat. Any ideas on how to politely ask this person to keep their dog at home?

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  • Microsoft 2xtimer13
    Stop with the breed is dangerous bullshit. It’s the ownership of the dog and training. And statistically small purse and lap dogs are more likely to bite and be aggressive. And no they do not snap at the drop of a hat. There’s always a pattern of behaviors that lead to the incident that you read or hear about in the media. And are you even sure it’s a Pitbull? Most people mis classify bully breeds in general.
    Jun 18, 2018 4
    • Google COm451
      OP
      Jun 18, 2018
    • Microsoft etOA87
      I think what my msft friend is arguing is that the propensity of bad owners to own dogs like pitbulls is higher than say golden retrievers. If you hold owner even, I bet the statistics will look different. With that said, I’m not a fan of pitbulls either
      Jun 18, 2018
    • Microsoft 2xtimer13
      Very sad for these families. That doesn’t change what I said. Pitbulls and other breeds DO NOT just snap. There is always a pattern. I’m very familiar with and have trained and rehabbed aggressive dogs.
      Jun 18, 2018
    • Adobe Hgtg
      Yep. No reason hundreds of years of selective breeding for blood sports should impact a dog.
      Jun 18, 2018
  • McAfee JohnMcPee
    For a second, I was amazed that your coworker knew Mr. Worldwide and brought him to office!
    Jun 18, 2018 1
    • Google COm451
      OP
      That would be dope, but no unfortunately not.
      Jun 18, 2018
  • Oracle zFBTjRJWKx
    Stop being such a pussy and get a guard dog of your own if you're that scared. The way you've pre-judged your coworker's dog to be ready to bite you at the drop of a pin is offensive. You can move desks or work from home yourself if you're uncomfortable rather than expecting your coworker to cater to your whims.
    Jun 18, 2018 5
    • Google COm451
      OP
      "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a dog is a good guy with a dog," huh? First time I've heard that argument.

      Anyway, this type of person rght here is why I'm asking how to bring it up.
      Jun 18, 2018
    • Jet qbFD30
      Man is everyone at Oracle all pissed off like you
      Jun 18, 2018
    • Oracle zFBTjRJWKx
      This is exactly my point. You're assuming your coworker is a bad guy and his dog is ready to attack you based solely on its breed. It may be a 4 legged mammal but statements like this based purely on the way something looks are the definition of discrimination, most forms of which are illegal in the workplace.
      Jun 18, 2018
    • Google COm451
      OP
      It was a joke about the gun control argument, don't take things so literally.
      Jun 18, 2018
    • Oracle Linked|n
      Im from oracle and i dont support zFBtjRJWKx's message
      Jun 18, 2018
  • Wells Fargo Lil Dizzy
    I have a pitbull and my dog is such a sweet angel who would never hurt anything. If anything he is fearful of the unknown and super shy.

    Trust the owner that he knows the temperament of his dog and wouldn’t risk bringing an aggressive dog to work.

    If you are that afraid, go buy some dog treats and give him some so he gets conditioned to liking you. It’s would be incredibly rude to tell the owner to not bring his dog based on the breed and could potentially cause conflict.
    Jun 18, 2018 3
    • Google COm451
      OP
      Thanks I might do this
      Jun 18, 2018
    • Don't do this, if the dog likes you it'll spend more time with you and increase your chances of being bitten
      Jun 18, 2018
    • Wells Fargo Lil Dizzy
      ^that’s literally not true. I have fostered over 20 dogs and have helped rehabilitate numerous abused dogs and the best way to gain a dog’s trust is to give them treats consistently over a period of time to get them comfortable with you. You generally shouldn’t even pet or touch an aggressive dog for few weeks until it’s confortable with having you around.

      Also this is a regular dog with probably no prior signs of aggressiveness, so this is mostly for the OPs benefit more than the dog.
      Jun 18, 2018
  • Amazon dotard
    Get bit, sue, retire. Nuff said.
    Jun 18, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Mgmt blndtrpRep
    If he clamps on to you and won’t let go, remember to stick your finger up his butt. No clue what to do about the dog tho.
    Jun 18, 2018 1
    • Google COm451
      OP
      Thanks for the laugh!
      Jun 18, 2018
  • Express Scripts / Eng
    blahmeh

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    Just tell your manager about the concerns u have. Workplace should feel completely safe to WORK.
    Jun 18, 2018 0
  • Microsoft HaroldShum
    I think the confounding factors missing in those stats are traits of the owners e.g nice people have nice pit bulls. Anyways, your best bet, if the official policy is dogs at work, is to simply be honest with your coworker and tell him/her that you are afraid of the dog. Your coworker will likely empathize with you and take steps in the future to ensure you feel safe.
    Jun 18, 2018 1
    • LinkedIn LEGOMMM
      Just looked the previous comment and see how he reacted when people mentioned they don't feel comfortable with pitbulls.
      Jun 18, 2018
  • Google / Eng Slw07gnvs
    Jun 18, 2018 1
    • Google COm451
      OP
      That's not very inclusive!
      Jun 18, 2018
  • NAVEX Global HollaBackG
    Most pits, especially if mixed with labs or something, are very sweet dogs.
    Jun 18, 2018 0
  • Google Smoogle
    So you are discriminating the dog based on its breed?
    Jun 18, 2018 0
  • Veritas / Mgmt Overman
    Its ok to feel uncomfortable around a dog. I once was attacked by a pack of aggressive chihuahuas and received several bites. I dont like being around other peoples dogs much anymore.
    Jun 18, 2018 0
  • Visa dotart
    Google allows dogs?
    Jun 18, 2018 1
  • Workday / Other MangoMan
    Depends on your TC
    Jun 18, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Lkklllk
    It’s a workplace correct? Not a doggie daycare? Even if there is a allow dogs at work, if another employee doesn’t like it, then you can’t take that dog to work or need to have it away from the employee. It’s just respectful. And I have two dogs of my own. FYI.
    Jun 19, 2018 2
    • New / Eng
      Xhsrvhyds

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      There's a black guy at my work and it makes me uncomfortable. He hasn't shown any signs of aggression and he doesn't interact with me at work, but statistics show he is prone to be more dangerous.

      My work should definitely make him leave so I can feel more comfortable with my unfounded fear of all black people.
      Jun 19, 2018
    • Veritas / Mgmt Overman
      Did you just compare blacks to animals?
      Jun 19, 2018
  • New / Eng
    Xhsrvhyds

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    Xhsrvhydsmore
    So you're a dog racist huh. Interesting..
    Jun 19, 2018 0
  • New / Eng
    Weiner

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    Weinermore
    Bring some wieners into work
    Jun 18, 2018 0

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