February 1, 2012 by Shannon
Now the first thing that would come to many people’s minds would probably be “Why do I need an alternative? The sign speaks for itself.” For most of us who own large dogs, we want potential intruders to know they are there and that if they should try to enter our property illegally, they are taking a risk. Unfortunately the law (depending on where you are located) does not always see it as we do. Florida, for instance, is a liability state. I recently spoke with a police officer about this very issue and he commented on Beware of Dog signs. Having sat in on several court cases where intruders had sued homeowners because they were bitten by a dog during the commission of a robbery or home invasion, the officer was quite candid on the issue. He matter-of-factly stated that signs saying “Beware of Dog” or “Bad Dog” implied that I knew my dog was dangerous and capable of biting and that in the courtroom, if a lawsuit were to be brought against me by an intruder, this would not bode well for me or my dog.
He suggested alternatives such as “No Trespassing”, “Dog On Premises” or something cute or witty. On the opposite side of the coin I’d been looking for something fairly benign to have on my dog’s crate while at class or at a dog show, because sometimes you run to the restroom or move away from the crate and don’t want fingers stuck into your dog’s crate or people putting their faces up to the crate door or worse yet, someone feeding your dog or opening the crate door. Trust me, I’ve encountered all of these scenarios, and it really is necessary in some instances to place some signage on crates to (try) to keep folks at bay. It never ceases to amaze me how people seem to feel that your dog is completely at their disposal, theirs to touch and poke at, even if they are inside their crate. Even the friendliest dog is usually not fond of strangers poking at it inside its crate. They can feel cornered and exposed, which could lead to a potential situation.
So I began my search for a kinder, gentler sign that was easy to understand and yet still got the point across. That’s when I came across KnobNots. Their signs were perfect. They were colorful, easy to read and some were quite cute with messages like “Shhhhhh–Cane Corso sleeping inside” and “Cane Corso Private Party.” They have a red stop sign as part of the design, which is even recognizable to young children. If you have kids (or a spouse) that leave doors or gates ajar, these signs are a must-have.