How to Approach an Unknown Dog
Usually when we see a dog we want to get close to touch him, hug him or play with him. However, each dog has a different personality, so while some are very trustworthy and sociable others are more reserved and do not like so much of the contact with people they do not know.
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If we approach any dog without knowing what his reaction may cause him to be nervous, escape the aggressive. For this reason in the YourCatCareguide we want to teach you the basic guidelines so that you know how to approach an unknown dog without oppressing or taking risks.
Before we approach an unknown dog it is very important to know how to interpret canine body language . Dogs are very expressive animals and depending on their attitude we can know if it is convenient or not an approximation .
It should approach:
- Has a relaxed and quiet posture
- The tail remains relaxed, never between the legs or up
- Smell your surroundings in a quiet way
- It avoids our look and behaves correctly
- If we approach him little by little and talk to him, he wiggles his tail
- Get interested in people and look for social contact in a positive way
Must not approach:
- Try to run away from you or hide behind your owner
- Turn your head and avoid you constantly
- Lick and yawn
- Has half-closed eyes
- Erika the loin
- Show your teeth and snarls.
- Has taut ears and tails
Approaching an Unknown Dog
Whenever we see a dog, we feel like partying and being friends with him. But although dogs are sociable animals, it is not always known how to approach an unknown dog and we often make mistakes. Next we give you the guidelines so you can approach a dog you do not know:
- Ask the dog owner if he can approach . He will know better than anyone if your dog is sociable or, if on the contrary, he is more timid and does not like them approaching.
- Approach slowly , without running, giving dog time to see that we are approaching, not taking him by surprise. It is preferable not to approach frontally or behind, should do so from the side.
- Do not look him directly in the eyes for a long time, since the dog may interpret this as a threat to his own or his owner’s safety.
- Before approaching, talk to him in a high pitched , relaxed and pleasant way, so you do not feel like you are saying something bad. You must be positive
- It is important not to invade the dog’s personal space , so when you are within a reasonable distance bring your hand closer and show the palm of it, so that you can smell it and become familiar with it. It’s also useful to let them know we have no food or anything hidden. Keep in mind that many dogs, like people, do not like them to invade their space, so you should avoid totally leaning over it, getting on top of it or touching it on some part of your body without warning.
- If the dog accepts you and approaches you and begins to smell you , at this moment you can begin to caress it slowly and calmly so that you do not exalt yourself. You can start stroking your neck. Remember that if you do not approach you should not force it and you should never put yourself above it.
- If you smell quietly, you can crouch down to stand up to it and to make it feel more comfortable. Also, do not put your knees or hands on the ground, so that in case the dog has an unexpected attitude, can react in time.
- Never hug him or kiss him . Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not like to be hugged, since bone blocks them and does not let them climb, so they feel stressed.
- Dedicate gentle words and gently caress them, remember that although some dogs are very rough, others are delicate and are not lovers of the strong tapas on the back.
- Reinforce positive interactions , such as being calm or allowing yourself to be manipulated and, on the other hand, never reprimand or behave harshly. Do not forget that it is not your dog.