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How to Greet a Dog

You know that feeling you get every time you see a new dog? That somewhat uncontrollable urge to run over scoop that pup up and snuggle it for hours. As tempting as it may be, think about it from the dog’s point of view, scary right? If a dog sees you as a threat they may feel like they have no choice other than to bite. Here are some tips on how to greet dogs in a non-threatening manner.

  • Always ask the dog’s owner
  • Do not make direct eye contact
  • Approach the dog slowly
  • Get down on his level
  • Wait for him to approach you
  • Pet gently
  • Pay attention to his body languagegreeting-a-dog

2 comments

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    Great advice on how to properly approach a dog, I will be sure to share this information with my kids!

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    I have found that teaching my kids from a very young age how to approach a dog has worked out well. Owners appreciate the effort & my kids have grown into very responsible dog greeters!

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I have been a pet parent to Chester, a 6 year old hound mix, for 5 years and owned a variety of small pets in the past. We have recently expanded our family by adding a baby girl. I enjoy sharing my pet knowledge and experiences in hopes that others will learn from them.
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