Approaching a Dog

Here is a training tip especially for you!

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. You have put him in a "fight or flight" mode. Since he is on a leash, the "flight option" is off the table. You will probably be bitten!

With that said, let's tell you what you should do.

Let's rewind the tape...

You are walking down the street and you see the cutest dog and you really want to see him and pet him. You ask the owner if the dog is friendly and if it would be OK to pet him. You 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 and 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!

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

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