I've owned lots of dogs over the years, every kind from St. Bernards to Chihuahuas.
Chihuahuas are tiny little creatures (usually house dogs) that have the unique ability to be extremely annoying. They bark, nip, hop, gnaw, and growl in a persistent way that it drives one crazy. (Yep, I know I'm probably offending Chihuahua lovers.) They're not particularly dangerous, yet they have the uncanny ability to demand one's attention.
In life we often encounter other humans who have the same effect; I call it the "Chihuahua Factor." Annoying, persistent, noisy, nerve-grating, but mostly ineffectual. Except for the fact that they constantly demand our attention.
Maybe we shouldn't let them. Distractions are only such when we allow them to be.