Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
I certainly wouldn't walk in a gate or door that had a "beware of dog" sign on it, not because I'm afraid of the dog, I just want to respect people's privacy and not trespass.
I used to have a job as a delivery driver, so I'd go to all kinds of businesses and homes. About half the time I saw a "beware of dog" sign, the person would answer the door and a happy, tail-waggy dog would come and greet me as well. Of course, I would have to make some sort of comment like "Are you the dog I'm supposed to beware of?" And the owner would say "Oh, that sign is just for show."
I'm not saying you shouldn't take the signs seriously, though. If people put up a sign like that, it's usually for a reason.