I've often had the opposite problem. I have a pit bull. When I take her in public, like for walks on the trail or dog friendly events, it's always a little yip yip stupid dog running up to mine being all stupid and barky. My dog is usually really good about it, but I do have her wear a basket type muzzle (she can still eat and drink) because I know she could hurt a smaller dog if provoked, and she'd be the one to pay the price.NO! (sorry cat lovers)
I am a dog person. But I have now seen two small dogs be mauled due to horrible dog owners allowing their dogs off their leash. And it is so rude and unsanitary to allow dogs in public chairs/grocery carts.
And I agree with you on the electronics use. My SIL can't believe people allow kids to have ipads in restaurants. As long as they have headphones on, I say GO FOR IT! Enjoy a quiet meal and let your kids be entertained. Everybody wins.