Approaching a Dog
We were at a Publics Supermarket in Plantation when a couple approached us when we were getting out of our car. We have our car marked to show that we are Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers and they had a question. They said that they had a problem in their neighborhood whenever they wanted to pet any of their neighbors’ dogs. We had some great tips for them…
You are walking down the street and you see the cutest dog and you really want to see him and pet him. You walk right up to him, bend over and pet him on the head. WRONG! Never, never do that! You may not know it, but the cute doggie that you want to pet might believe that you are being aggressive. What you have just done is to put that little dog in a situation where he must either “fight or flight”. Since he is on a leash and can’t retreat, all he can do is to protect himself and fight. You will probably get bitten!
With that said, let’s tell you what you should do…
You are walking down the street and you see the cutest dog and you really want to see him and pet him. Ask the owner of the dog if he is friendly and if it would be fine to pet him. If the owner says that the dog is friendly, ask the owner to approach you with the dog. Stay calm and still and keep your hands by your side.
As the owner and their dog approaches, make note if the dog begins to pull back on the leash or begins to look agitated. If this occurs, you aren’t petting that dog today.
Let the dog approach you on his terms. Let him sniff you. While he is doing this, always face him. Once the dog seems at ease, slightly crouch, being careful not to place yourself over the dog. Slowly move your hand near the dog until you can pet him under his chin, on his neck.
When you are done petting him, stand up by moving away from him. You do not want to place yourself over the dog as you stand.
This will keep you and that cute doggie you want to pet happy, safe, and bite-free! If you have any questions, please contact us at The Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers in South Florida and Plantation.