We’ve written about many versions of this “situation” over the past several years – owners allowing their dogs to pee on other people’s property.  Property like stoops, pots of flowers, and the like.  Some of the reactions to these posts were quite eye-opening.  Some dog owners believe that it’s okay to let their dogs pee on stoops and pots of flowers. “Where else are they going to go?” seems to be the defense. While others think it’s gross and irresponsible. We even did a poll about it because maybe we were crazy in thinking that letting your dog pee on someone’s house is not being a good neighbor.

We recently received this letter about dog owners allowing their dogs to pee on motorcycle/scooter covers. 

Hey there!

I’m reaching out for help spreading the word that allowing dogs to urinate on motorcycle/scooter covers is NOT okay. As a biker babe, it’s disgusting removing my motorcycle cover to “find” a wet spot from dog pee. Do people NOT realize that I have to touch the cover WITH MY BARE HANDS to remove it and fold it up? It’s equivalent to allowing a dog to pee on my door handle. On top of that, I then bring that cover inside my house, so now there’s dog pee in my house.

Also, allowing dogs to urinate on the motorcycle is not acceptable and, basically, equivalent to peeing on shoes. It’s rude.

To add to this, everyone knows that once ONE dog pees on a spot, ALL the dogs pee on that spot. So, my new summer game that I NEVER signed up for is “How many dog pees did I touch today?” Not cool.

So just a reminder, be a good neighbor.  Be considerate of other people’s property.  And here’s a little refresher on how to be a better dog owner. 

Feel free to take our poll too!


  1. A June 17, 2023 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    As a dog owner also, if you choose to pee in my front yard, I kind of get it, but if you frequently encounter my dogs barking like lunatics, find a new spot please.

  2. Justin June 18, 2023 at 9:39 am - Reply

    (1) It’s kinda hard to get your dog to pee exactly where you’d like them. Personally, I try to keep mine on the grass b/w sidewalks and streets, but sometimes she wanders and pees w/o warning on a stoop or potted plant. The. Horror.
    (2) a perennial reminder that you’re not entitled to park your stuff on the street. It’s an absurd luxury the city affords you, but that’s not your space. In fact, your cars and motorcycles are taking up precious space and keeping kids from being able to safely play outside and in the street. The occasional dog pee is a small price to pay for your city-space selfishness.

    • Jamie June 18, 2023 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Lol . We pay insurance for our cars and motorcycles to be on the street . You do not pay to have your dog piss in the street and you should not let your dog pee at parks in on anyone’s grass . Kids play in parks and u believe there are more dog parks in Southie then playgrounds. So if you are a dog parent go the dog park because if you had a child I sure hope you would not let them puss in cars or in the street .

    • K June 19, 2023 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Tell me you don’t drive without telling me you don’t drive. We pay these (quite expensive) things called taxes to park on city streets. My car has every right to be parked on the street and not have it be p*seed on by the animal you CHOSE to have. People in the city with kids? They also CHOSE to have those and live in the city knowing FULL WELL cars park on the street.
      TL;DR:Take your dogs and kids to a park where they can play safely and not encroach on others’ rights. Have some class and exert some control over your dog next time it goes to urinate on others’ property.

      • Justin June 19, 2023 at 11:06 pm - Reply

        When you say people have the right to park on the street and not have it peed on, are you referring to having the street peed on or the car? I agree that a car should not be peed on. Anyone who allows their dog or friends to pee on a parked car is too trashy to live in Massachusetts and should be sent to New Hampshire .

        If you meant people have a right to park on the street and not have that section of the street peed on, this is a false belief. A person doesn’t all of a sudden own a portion of the street when they park on it. They are just using a street maintained by the city using the taxes everyone, including dog and cat owners, pays.

        I agree with everyone that’s saying dog owners need to be responsible and take their dogs to appropriate places to go to the bathroom and also pick up all of the poop, bag it, and throw it away in a trash bin . I get so annoyed when I’ve been carrying a bag of poop for 0.7 miles (since southie doesn’t believe in trash cans) and see someone not even notice their dog just pooped in the middle of the sidewalk because they’re too busy listening to Taylor Swift through their AirPods. The city can do something about that if they become aware but peeing on a street is not illegal. It would also be cruel if you had a dog that started to pee and then you yelled at it and said to knock it off and hold it til you’re inside the dog park.

        I think the best thing that can be done to address the problem of peeing in the street is to put signs on your car window telling people that their dogs can’t pee in this area. That should take care of dogs but a solution is still needed for the southie coyote. No good ideas here.

    • Says The Yuppie… June 22, 2023 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      …who grew up with a driveway so, therefore, parks on OUR public streets with absolutely NO thought (or care) as to the people who may arrive home AFTER them and are forced to circle the block, sometimes for HOURS, because “Driveway Chad” thought it’d be ok to park 5-6 feet from the car in front/back of them (and 3 feet from the curb).

      And your dog is every bit as entitled as you are. Pukes, the both of you.

  3. Patrick J June 19, 2023 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Dog owners in Southie are straight trash. If your dog is on a leash, which it should be at all times its on public property that isn’t a fenced in dog park, its not hard to redirect it to pee someplace else.

  4. Sasquatch June 23, 2023 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Quite a number of dog owners are not nearly as considerate about where their animals decides to unload itself, between people who don’t pick up their dogs poop, to the people who bag it and DON’T throw away the bag (why?) and the people who allow their animals to pee and poop all over retail property, I think everyone needs a lesson on the social etiquette of relieving ones self at the proper place. Next time I need to drop a fresh steamer, let me know where your doorstep is, okay? Thanks.

  5. Steve June 24, 2023 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    A decent dog owner should at least try to keep your dog from going on peoples stuff, doorsteps, etc. End of story.

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