To think it's disgusting to let your dog lick humans' plates

(91 Posts)
Doearwigsmakechutney Sat 20-Jul-13 16:21:46

Scrape the food into the dog's bowl. PLEASE.

I don't care how good the dishwasher is, or how hot the water is, I think it's utterly minging to give a dog the plates to lick. Aibu?

burberryqueen Sat 20-Jul-13 16:23:09

yanbu my stepfather used to do this and it turned my stomach

BrummyMummy2012 Sat 20-Jul-13 16:23:13

Ewwwwww yanbu!

crashdoll Sat 20-Jul-13 16:23:54

Loads of dog threads at the moment. Is it topic of the week?

TidyDancer Sat 20-Jul-13 16:24:13

I don't actually see why it's disgusting as long as the plates are washed up.

They will all be washed together won't they?

landrover Sat 20-Jul-13 16:24:17

I always worry that it gets put in the dishwasher and someone mistakes it for a clean wash!!!!!Yeuch so i agree it is disgusting xx

Whothefuckfarted Sat 20-Jul-13 16:25:31

Weird I was thinking about this because I let my cats eat off my plate when I'm done...

I think YABU, they get washed, they're clean then. Doesn't bother me.

From a scientific POV YABU because a dishwasher will sterilise the plate. However, from an ewwwww POV YANBU because just ewwww.

Minifingers Sat 20-Jul-13 16:26:13

My mum does this. Every. Single. Meal.

She doesn't use a dishwasher. She also has terrible eyesight and often misses dirty bits on the plates and cutlery.


MrsRajeshKoothrappali Sat 20-Jul-13 16:26:47


Had a friend round the other day with his pooch and I suggested he gave the dog some water because it was so hot.

I assumed he'd use one of the cat bowls (of which there are many) but nooooooooooo..!

Cereal will never be the same again.



musicmadness Sat 20-Jul-13 16:28:34

Unless you are putting the plate straight back into the cupboard after the dog has licked it I don't see the problem. YABU.

JackieBigTits Sat 20-Jul-13 16:29:11

I don't really like dogs or have one, but this wouldn't offend me. I have probably eaten off plates that this has happened with, and likely so have you without knowing. We have lived to tell the tale.

Yes if I was washing up I would run the water till it was hot enough to hurt and I would probably keep it till last so nothing else got dog germs on it... but it's not all that gross, IMHO.

YoniAsOldAsYoFeel Sat 20-Jul-13 16:29:25

My ILs let their (horrible, spoilt, nasty) dog lick the last bits of a mug of coffee or hot chocolate. It makes me gag...

YABU. People let dogs lick their faces and kiss them etc. Wash them up in hot water or dishwasher, all good.

I don't have a dog though. Don't like them much.

Xihha Sat 20-Jul-13 16:31:34

I think its horrible too, I don't wash the dog bowls with the plates either, I know washing them will get the germs off but its stil icky. Plus my dog is trained not to eat off plates so he doesn't pinch food off dd's plate when she leaves it somewhere he can reach.

WestieMamma Sat 20-Jul-13 16:32:13


What's it got to do with you if I let my dog lick my plates?

JackieBigTits Sat 20-Jul-13 16:32:36

Getting dog kisses DOES make me boak though...

Fine if it's your dog but FGS don't let it come near me with that tongue!

Montybojangles Sat 20-Jul-13 16:32:45

You know your dishwasher sterilises its contents while washing don't you?
From a practical point of view YABU, but it does make me feel a little <boak> at the thought, but I wouldn't lose sleep over it if it happened as long as the dish went through the washer.

I have a friend who puts her horse tack in the dishwasher along with her dishes...

wriggletto Sat 20-Jul-13 16:32:55

The dishwasher would sterilise any dog lick, so that doesn't bother me, but I don't want to teach my dogs that human crockery is fair game, as it's not fair on them if they then have a go on unguarded plates.

All food fed to the dogs goes in their (metal) (on the floor in on place) bowl.

landrover Sat 20-Jul-13 16:33:05

Has nobody ever taken a clean plate from the dishwasher, not realising the dishwasher hasnt gone on yet? (and the dog had licked it clean!!!!!)

HazleNutt Sat 20-Jul-13 16:33:08

Yoni, chocolate is dangerous to dogs, so the horrible dog might not be around much longer.

I agree that it's a bit eww, so we don't let the dogs lick the plates when we have guests. grin

FannyMcNally Sat 20-Jul-13 16:33:28

Is that wrong then musicmadness? wink

Seriously, what's the problem?

HeffalumpTheFlump Sat 20-Jul-13 16:33:29

Really wouldn't phase me, I grew up with dogs licking my face and sharing my food. I have a good strong immune system and rarely get ill so I think it wasn't a bad thing! At the end of the day unless the person is asking you to eat off the plate straight after, yabu!

Yes dog kisses/licking of face/slobber dripping off jowls makes me feel a bit sick......

BMW6 Sat 20-Jul-13 16:34:57


What's it got to do with you if I let my dog lick my plates?*

Ditto. My house, my dog, my plates, my business grin

Doearwigsmakechutney Sat 20-Jul-13 16:36:15

My ILs are doing it after every meal, whilst we're staying (and presumably all the time generally). It just turns my stomach. Bleurgh

RaspberrySnowCone Sat 20-Jul-13 16:39:16

I don't like it, the only things I don't mind dogs licking is their own goolies. Anything else makes me feel yuk!

alemci Sat 20-Jul-13 16:39:38


I used to go out with someone whose mother put the plate down to let the cat eat off it. no dishwasher and encouraged the cats to jump up on the kitchen sides to let them eat cat food off newspaper because otherwise the dog may eat it. - too bad.

It is disgusting

littlemissshittingit Sat 20-Jul-13 16:42:27

I shared an ice lolly with my dog the other day .. one lick for me, one lick for her..

GobblersKnob Sat 20-Jul-13 16:42:59

YANBU to think it is disgusting, you can think whatever you please grin

However there are loads of us that do it and couldn't give a rats arse what you think. Come to that, my rats eat off my plate all the time, often while I am eating. They also partially climb into my dp's mouth and clean his teeth for him too, little rodentists that they are.

SoupDragon Sat 20-Jul-13 16:43:06

Yoni, chocolate is dangerous to dogs, so the horrible dog might not be around much longer.

There is unlikely to be any great quantity of the poisonous-to-dogs part of chocolate in ordinary hot chocolate.

WestieMamma Sat 20-Jul-13 16:44:00

I shared an ice lolly with my dog the other day .. one lick for me, one lick for her..

I just shared a bowl of icecream with mine but didn't like to say in case I got lynched grin

Doearwigsmakechutney Sat 20-Jul-13 16:44:17

grin At rodentists

froubylou Sat 20-Jul-13 16:45:28

Oh. Is it not normal then?

What do you do with the dozen or so coco pops left in the inch or so of milk everytime someone has cereals? I find the dog licking it up saves the bin/plughole dilema.

If you bin it the milk will leak out of the bottom and over your floors if the bin bag bursts. If you chuck it down the sink you run the risk of blocking up your plug hole.

My little dog on the otherhand loves the left over bits of cereal (and leftovers generally). I could scrape it into her bowl I suppose but she only has a small bowl and sometimes she only wants certain bits off the plates.

Better for her to have a buffet I think than to faff around seperating bits she will eat, bits she might and bits she won't.

And if you come to my house and don't like it, don't eat here! Or I have some paper plates if you prefer?

There are probably billions of bacteria whizzing around in your kitchen on surfaces, cloths, door handles and even in your dishwasher as it cools between cycles.

My dogs mouth is probably quite clean in comparrison.

Yonididnaedaethat Sat 20-Jul-13 16:45:38

Meh mines don't lick the plate but I do feed them left overs off the fork shock

Twirlyhot Sat 20-Jul-13 16:50:03

Ew. Ewwww. My family has always had dogs around. I have dogs. None of them have ever been allowed to lick plates.

sweetkitty Sat 20-Jul-13 16:52:28

Thinking about it I grew up with dog kisses and the dogs drinking leftover tea from cups and licking the plates and we didn't have a dishwasher.

I have no allergies and am rarely unwell.

Our dog used to lick the next door neighbours child's hand all the time she had awful eczema and the dog licking her would make if better shock

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 20-Jul-13 16:53:21

Yanbu. Not merely from the licking the plate is gross point of view, because washing said plate does negate that issue (still blergh though).

It's also really bad from the perspective of having a well trained dog who doesn't beg/expect human food.

My dp did this a couple of times. I was furious. He doesn't do it anymore.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 20-Jul-13 16:58:15

I shared an ice lolly with my dog the other day .. one lick for me, one lick for her.

Oh thank goodness, I'm not the only one. DDs call LittleDog, 'LittleBro'. I fear I'm destined to become one of those MILs. My future SILs are virtually guaranteed to turn up on here blush

GobblersKnob Sat 20-Jul-13 16:59:08

Alisvolatpropiis My dog would never beg for food, why would a dog expect to be given food off of a plate when all they have ever been given was the plate on the kitchen floor? That is not how dogs brains work.

As it is I do give my dog bits off of my plate, but only if he is lying in his basket with his head down, ie; I now have a dog that resembles a statue in it's bed at every mealtime, from start to finish, as he has learnt that this is the behaviour that wins him yummy treats. Dogs only repeat behaviour that is rewarding to them, that is how they are hardwired.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 20-Jul-13 17:03:20


To be honest I was being a tit saying it makes them beg for food. My dog doesn't beg for food despite getting some leftovers in her bowl. Same with yours,she knows she gets no treats that way. She does seem crestfallen is she doesn't get some leftovers though!

MothershipG Sat 20-Jul-13 17:17:58

Allowing a dog to beg from the table = annoying.

Allowing the dog to pre-wash the plates before they go in the dishwasher = practical!

I have a very cute picture of DDog3 actually in the dishwasher, he climbed in to get to the dishes at the back when I left it open and unattended for 2 mins!

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 20-Jul-13 17:23:17

I can't imagine not doing so, I never have any food waste, LittleDog very obligingly loves vegetables just as much as meat, and I never have to scrape plates clean either.

He gets excited over lettuce, and green beans, and you should see him with a banana. grin

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Sat 20-Jul-13 17:23:48

It's going to be washed. My cats fulful Froubylou's dog's function WRT the last bits of cereal, and they often share my glass of water. No digestive trouble for any of us.

LastTangoInDevonshire Sat 20-Jul-13 17:24:51

My dog and my plates. I'll do what I want OP !

pianodoodle Sat 20-Jul-13 17:33:51

I think YABU but whatever turns your stomach can't be helped I suppose.

I don't mind putting plates on the kitchen floor for the dog to polish off before I wash them.

Feenie Sat 20-Jul-13 17:34:50

Years and years ago, I had a massive row on the last day of our caravan holiday with my then boyfriend because he found me washing up the dog's bowl with the same washing up cloth as the rest of the washing up.

He correctly surmised that I must have done it every night for the last two weeks (he cooked, I washed up).

He was right about that - but I still don't see the problem!

officelady Sat 20-Jul-13 17:41:00

Our dog has learnt to recognise the word "dishwasher" - she practically climbs inside to have a good lick as the cleared plates are being loaded. We call it the pre wash in our house!

MacaYoniandCheese Sat 20-Jul-13 17:41:38

YABU. My dog practically lives in the dishwasher...she thinks it's her job to give everything a good going over before I turn it on. Don't worry, I won't invite you over, OP smile.

MacaYoniandCheese Sat 20-Jul-13 17:42:37

Wow! Bizarre x-post officelady grin.

Feenie Sat 20-Jul-13 17:43:31


cheerfulweather Sat 20-Jul-13 17:49:00

Yes. Well I wouldn't like it anyway.

Friend of mine had two dogs. They'd offer you tea or coffee, and after you'd finished they'd gesture for you to place your cup on the floor for one of the dogs to finish the dregs, which they willingly did! No dishwasher either, so I do hope they washed them properly.

atrcts Sat 20-Jul-13 17:56:01

There must be something wrong with my dishwasher - sometimes it completes a cycle perfectly clean and sparkling, but other times it requires a second clean shock

The advice everywhere is to NOT try and use a dishwasher to sterilise baby bottles, so that kind of tells you something about trying to say a dishwasher sterilises everything in it, doesn't it?

I love dogs but it seems wrong to allow then to lick plates, I don't like it.

spidercatcherextraordinaire Sat 20-Jul-13 18:10:10


A friend does this with her Dobermans. Makes me want to hurl.

Ericaequites Sat 20-Jul-13 18:10:20

If the plates are washed well between uses, I fail to see the problem. Presumably, you eat in restaurants where you have no idea how dishes are washed and anyone could have eaten before you.

Trills Sat 20-Jul-13 18:11:07

If you wash it afterwards nothing bad will be on it.

Don't be so squeamish.

It might be bad manners but it's not actually unhygienic.

carlajean Sat 20-Jul-13 18:11:09

Each to her own, but I think it's disgusting, even though I love my dog.

macreturnofthe Sat 20-Jul-13 18:12:50

totally agree - wouldn't want to risk poisoning the dog with human germs!!!

ElizabethHornswoggle Sat 20-Jul-13 18:14:07

YADNBU. Absolutely disgusting. Ugh.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 20-Jul-13 18:14:13

I think it's disgusting - dishwasher or not.

Dogs should eat from their own bowls and should not be fed food from bowls on the table for Sunday lunch before the family have eaten and finished <BIL and SIL I'm looking at you>.

LtEveDallas Sat 20-Jul-13 18:20:50

I wonder if this will work Sharing

We don't care about dog germs in this house...

OwlinaTree Sat 20-Jul-13 19:34:19

Friend of mine once went to a pub to eat. Staff in pub put leftover plates on the floor for the pub dogs to finishofoff!

That's shock to me!

How about you do what you like in your house and I will in mine? The plates get washed afterwards, but tbh I don't mind a bit of dog saliva. I let the dog lick my face too! Haven't died yet.


RunRabbit Sat 20-Jul-13 20:12:42


It's vile.
I wouldn't eat at the persons house if I knew they did this.

1) Not everyone has a dishwasher

2) I don't want to eat off something that has previously been licked by something that licks its own arsehole - Dishwashed or not.

BlueSkySunnyDay Sat 20-Jul-13 20:15:52

It does seem to be dog haters united on here at the moment - eww loads of cat lovers (shudder)

Still much as l I love my dog to bits but I don't want her tongue anywhere near my plates or me.

She is not "kissing" me she is running her scurfy tongue she has just eaten poo and licked her butt with (shudders again) she has also had to be distracted on our walk twice this week from eating another dogs grass sick.

Our dishwasher is a bit temperamental I wouldn't trust it to sterilise anything...but even if I did I would know her germy tongue had been there - yuk

waikikamookau Sat 20-Jul-13 20:17:20

I don't do it, but my pup is learning about the wonders of the dishwasher, slowly though. <<aw>>

Wiifitmama Sat 20-Jul-13 20:19:15

My friend's dog climbs into the dishwasher at their house and prewashes all the plates. I need thought much about it. I am usually very squeamish about dirt, germs and animal stuff. But honestly, even now, thinking about it it doesn't bother me. I think the dishwasher cleans them well enough after. I also let the dog have water of of oe of my regular bowls when it visits. Again, I didn't give a thought to it until now. My dishwasher is good and I am sure it cleans well enough.

myfirstkitchen Sat 20-Jul-13 20:25:46

I don't care how well the plates are washed.
It's also disgusting when people put fag ash on their leftovers on the plate (my friend does this to stop picking at leftovers). She also sticks chewed up gum, big wads of boogeys and scabs on half a plate of chips if any available.

lougle Sat 20-Jul-13 20:27:41

I didn't go as far as sharing my icecream, but I did buy one for the dog when I bought some for the rest of the family. He turned his nose up at it shock

I think the weather is messing with his appetite.

MacaYoniandCheese Sat 20-Jul-13 20:28:00

This will horrify some of you...grin

Last week I was running with my dog and it was very hot so I took one of those dog water bottles (the kind with the special attachment for them to drink out of). After she had her drink, I took the lid off and had one too. Amazingly I did not get sick OR die <shrugs>.

WitchOfEndor Sat 20-Jul-13 20:34:32

I have a dog and don't let him lick our plates because it takes 2 kettles worth of boiling water to remove the almost impenetrable layer of saliva which laminates itself to his bowl.. I love him dearly but I don't want his saliva anywhere near my plates!

Gobblersknob - a person after my own heart grin
Ratties love nothing better than to share a spot of fine dining with us. I was going to post about my rats licking the plates but was too scared.

GemmaTeller Sat 20-Jul-13 20:47:34

Whilst we don't give our dogs the plates or cups, our male boxer likes nothing better than getting the burnt on bits off a roasting tin or baking tin.

I look on it as doing me a favour.

froubylou Sat 20-Jul-13 20:48:54

Dog spit ain't that bad you know.

If they have a wound they lick it to keep it clean and sterile.

I'd rather share my plate with my dog and then wash it than relive my early 20's when I think about some of theddodgy blokes I may have perhaps kissed!

froubylou Sat 20-Jul-13 20:50:54

And to horrify you all even further my dp shares a can of fanta with dds pony at shows occasionally.

BlueSkySunnyDay Sat 20-Jul-13 20:53:52

myfirstkitchen - my friend used to blow her nose on the paper serviette in restaurants then put it on the plate wink I always thought that was a bit skanky

MummyPig24 Sat 20-Jul-13 20:55:41

Yanbu, it's vile. In laws do it with their dogs. Makes me boak. I wouldn't let my cat eat off my plate either, it's gross.

Roshbegosh Sat 20-Jul-13 20:55:54

Dog spit sterile is it?! Would that be after they've licked their shitty arse?

Mintberry Sat 20-Jul-13 21:05:29

I think it's pretty gross, my parents always do it... They once turned up at our place and wanted the dog feeding and we obv. didn't have any bowls so had to use one of ours so I just gave it a super good wash with disinfectant as well as fairy liquid!

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Sat 20-Jul-13 21:32:19

God, this thread is an eye-opener.

I had no idea people did this. I assumed this woukd be one of those rare, consensual AIBU thread where everyone agrees. Apparently not. hmm

I am never going to eat at a dog-owner's house again.

Letting dogs lick plates is grim.

Kat101 Sat 20-Jul-13 22:02:45

So to the dog owners that are quite happy with this, are you still happy if its not your dog? Would you share spit / kisses / whatever with other people's dogs? Or is it just your own?

Feenie Sat 20-Jul-13 22:09:41

You do realise the plates are washed don't you? So how is that relevant?

Doearwigsmakechutney Sat 20-Jul-13 22:12:57

Just to clarify: I'm not in any way anti-dog; I think they are brilliant. I just think it's horrible to let them share human crockery. Why not just scrape the food into their bowls?

MacaYoniandCheese Sat 20-Jul-13 22:13:09

I'm OK with it if I know the owners and am relatively certain that the animal in question is well taken care-of and receiving all pertinent veterinary care. I greet most dogs with unabashed delight and have no problem at all with reciprocally effusive canine affection.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 20-Jul-13 22:21:14


I don't like my own dog liking my face generally never mind doing "kissing". I let her lick my nose and ears but that's only because in many of the dog books I've read (I am sad I know) it says that face licking is a big part of bonding for dogs. My lips? Never on purpose, though she tries and occasionally succeeds <boak>

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 20-Jul-13 22:21:43

*licking even.

I must pay more attention when typing!

Turniptwirl Sat 20-Jul-13 22:26:07


It's going to get washed ffs!!!

miffybun73 Sat 20-Jul-13 22:29:20

YANBU, makes me feel sick.

HeffalumpTheFlump Sat 20-Jul-13 22:39:27

Bluesky - at least it's not a fabric one! I've blown my nose on a paper one before due to an unexpected sneeze... Didn't think it was that awful a thing to do!?

Kitchen - completely agree about the fag ash on plates. Revolting.

Still don't think dogs licking plates is a problem though!

ProudAS Sat 20-Jul-13 22:43:03

Don't know about dogs but gran's cat licking plates never did any harm!

daddoinghisbest Sat 20-Jul-13 23:25:11

It's all disgusting! A dog's immune system seems to cope with the fallout from it sniffing and licking another dogs arse, but to then let it lick your face? Rather you than me!

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