The article, “The Dilemma: No Petting” explains a young man’s problem with people petting his dog. He owns a Brussels griffon dog which isn’t a dog that is very common where he lives which is why his dog grabs people’s attention. The problem with his dog is that he doesn’t like being touched by others, so when people ask him if they can pet him he jokingly says no yet they still pet him which enrages his dog causing him to snap. He’s unsure if his dog is the problem and should be taught to be friendlier or if it’s the strangers that continue to pet him.
He gets advice from a writer telling him the dog has nothing to do with it especially if he’s already trained. The problem is that he needs to work on enforcing his “no” when people ask to pet his dog because if he continues saying “he doesn’t like people messing up his hair” strangers will ignore the joke talking and will proceed to pet the dog. People must also learn to respect others’ space and be aware that they don’t have the right to be touching others, their property, their pets, or their children. A “no” is a no which is why people should be thoughtful of being denied permission to pet your dog.