Updated: May 13
Greeting a dog can be a tricky business. It's important to remember that dogs are individuals, just like us, and each one has their own unique personality. That's why it's important to take the time to get to know a dog before you greet them.
Below, are 5 rules to keep in mind when greeting a dog.
First, ask the owner for permission to pet the dog and keep in mind, it's always a good idea to ask if the dog has any areas that they may be reactive to touch.
Next, let the dog decide when and if they want to greet you.
Do not reach out to pets or offer your hand to sniff, they don’t understand what you are trying to do, which can be confusing/frightening, which can trigger a bite response in some dogs. Also, dogs— can smell a great distance away, and don’t need your hand in their space.
Avoid direct eye contact and staring. This can come off as threatening.
Do approach from the side or crouch down, letting the dog come to you. Petting on the side, back or chest are typically more acceptable areas to greet a dog!
Last but not least, learn how to read a dog by their body language!
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