Exactly. What do owners really know about the animal's behavious when left alone?
There's a couple a few doors down the hallway. They own some small, yippee little dog. I don't any idea what breed of dog because I've never seen it. I have, however, heard it. When the owners are out (which is most of the day) the dog barks its head off. Every time somebody walks down the hall or comes off the elevator (which is almost directly opposite the yippee dog's apartment) the dog loses its mind and starts barking like crazy.
I'm fortunate that I've got a firewall between my apartment and theirs, so I can't hear the dog when I'm in my unit, but it really bugs me that every time I step out of my door I've got to listen to the mutt.
Now don't get me wrong. I like dogs just as I like most animals. In fact as much as I'd like to have a dog, I know that I don't live in an environment that is really condusive to owning a dog (especially a larger dog which is my preference). As far as I'm concerned an animal has the right to be an animal, and that includes having enough room to run around in and enough variety in the landscape (trees, grass, dirt, etc.) to allow it to explore. Even if I had one of these postage stamp backyards that are coming with new homes in the city I don't think that's adequate enough for keeping a dog.
On the flip side, I also believe in training an animal to behave. It drives me crazy to see people whose lives are run by their pets. Fido wants to bark and jump up on visitors...okay. He's just being a dog. Kitty wants to walk all over the kitchen counters as a meal is being prepared...sure. Cats like to climb. Of course, as Marksie said, that's another rant.