Woman Warns Pet Owners About ‘Beware of Dog’ Signs

By: Stephen Thompson | Last updated: Oct 01, 2023

Dogs can be friendly companions to their owners and the exact opposite to those they wish to attack. To avoid their pets attacking other people, most dog owners put up signs.

However, one woman has advised people to stop putting up these signs. Let’s check out the reason for her advice.

Issuing the Warning

A TikTok video has gone viral that advises people to take down their “beware of dog” signs, or not to do it for those who are thinking of putting one up.

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“Do not post the sign on your property because you want to avoid break-ins—the warning might make you liable for any damage or harm your dog inflicts, even to those who break in,” said the Canadian-based TikToker.

The Element of Surprise

She explained she had wanted to put up a “beware of dog” sign so people who break into houses would avoid her family’s home. However, she changed her mind after members of her family, who she claimed were cops, advised her against it.

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“If you’re bothered about people breaking into your house, it is better for them to be surprised that your dog is aggressive when it attacks them than for you to put up a sign that warns them about the dog,” said Kay Guzman, the TikTok user.

Dog Warning Signs = Piqued Curiosities

She claimed that if anyone puts up a sign warning others about their dog, it implies that the owner knows their canine is aggressive.“If you’re worried about people coming into your house, get a security camera or, better still, get private property signs,” Guzman says.

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The video garnered more than 273,000 views and over 600 comments. Many other TikTokers were curious to know if the same rule applies to other signs people use to avoid break-ins.

Knowing the Law

The TikTok users mentioned other signs like “Dog on Premise,” “Security Camera in Use,” or “Guard Dog on Duty” in their comments. They asked if the signs could harm the owners by assuming liability since they are used to prevent break-ins.

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The charges against dog bites are different in various US states. Still, legal experts say numerous factors like the history of the dog, the motive for being on another person’s property, and other variables, will decide the liability.