I put this in dating and relationships because it involves my ex b/f, but mods please move it if necessary.
BG: I love my Ex's dog, he's really sweet. I will be watching him while Ex goes to the oil fields. He has some behavior issues though and it was a cause of arguments between Ex and I because he would say I had too many rules for his dog (ie, no jumping up for food, no begging, no snapping at people's faces including mine). Ex used to say, I was trying to limit his dog's life which translated to me limiting his life. It's one of the reasons he's an Ex.
Ex had a bad scare when the dog snapped at the face of someone who leaned over to give him a hug (to be fair, Ex didn't know this person really well and the guy was being a jerk). That person told Ex he could have his dog put down. He then asked for my help with the dog. I've worked with the dog and he's doing really well. He now waits to take a treat out of my and and he doesn't lunge at faces anymore. I make him sit in the living room when we eat and he stays and when he's done I give him steak. BG
I invited my Ex, his best friend Mark and Mark's g/f Haley, and my best friend Rob over to my house last night to watch the last race of Motogp. Ex brought over his dog. Ex was sitting on the floor and the dog decided to play solitary scrabble right in the middle of the living room floor. I said, "Ex, please stop your dog from playing solitary scrabble on the carpet." The other guests were politely ignoring the fact that the dog was going at it on the floor. Ex replied, "It's awesome, he's comfortable enough here to do that." I said again, "Please stop your dog." He replied, "It's funny and he likes it so I'm not stopping him." I said, "This isn't ok in front of other people." The dog felt the tension in the room and stopped but my Ex was angry with me for even suggesting that the dog stop.
Could I have done more? Should I have gotten up and stopped the dog myself? Should I apologize to my other guests? Mark, Ex's BFF, told me later he didn't really find it funny, but you know how Ex is.
I need some polite words to tell Ex that this isn't acceptable. It might be for him, at his home, but not in mine (and now I sound like my mother). *sigh*