Though communicating with a furry dog via petting and simple commands is acceptable, barking at one is anything but.

That's especially true when the pooch in question is a member of the K-9 police force.

Ohio-based Ryan James Stevens learned that the hard way when he was slapped with a misdemeanor after barking at a police dog inside of a patrol car.

The 25-year-old explains that the dog "started it" when it began barking uncontrollably. Stevens did what any other insane human would do and decided to bark and hiss right back at the critter.

According to officers at the scene, Stevens was allegedly under the influence. He's scheduled to appear in municipal court later this month.