There are two types of people in this world: people who have pets, and people who don’t. It can sometimes be difficult for one type of person to understand the other, since they can be so different in many ways. This is not to say that one is better than the other, just they they’re very different! For those out there who might not have pets (or specifically dogs), there are some things that you should never say to a pet owner. Here are 5 things you should probably never say to a dog owner:

1.You shouldn’t let him on the sofa

If a dog parent wants to allow their fur child to snooze on the couch next to them, then so be it. To pet owners, living with fur is just a way of life – that’s what lint rollers are for! After all, you didn’t buy the couch, did you?

2. Why do you talk to your dog so much? 

This one is just silly, because why not? Dogs do actually pick up on tone of voice, and they get great joy from the attention. They can also understand tons of commands, so to an extent, they really do understand what their adoring parents are saying to them, at least some of the time.

3. How are you going to punish your dog for misbehaving?

Training a dog is a complicated endeavour, and if you don’t go about it the right way, you will just confuse and scare your pup. Good dog parents know this, which means that they know punishing a dog after the fact isn’t always going to work. The pup won’t be able to connect the bad behaviour with the punishment, and will just think the owner is being cruel. It’s best NOT to ask this question.. EVER!

4. Don’t you think you spend too much time with your dog? 

Some people like to go out to fancy brunches, while others like to go to big concerts with thousands of people. Others, though, simply like going on long hikes with their dogs. We all like to do different things, and dog parents are sure to love spending tons of time with their best furry friend.

5. You can come but don’t bring your dog!

This one might rub a few folks the wrong way, but many of us just don’t travel without our dogs unless absolutely necessary. Think twice before saying that to someone!