Greeting with a dog
... can be cute and friendly if we understand animal nature. The dog will sense the reluctance or great friendship of the person he meets, mainly from his behavior. Dogs inherently aggressive are rare. Their aggressiveness and aggression are the results of a deliberate human action or ... ignorance of dogs' preferences and their reactions. So let's learn from behaviorists and dog trainers ...
--- Dogs rarely approach each other straight ahead - they only do this when they know each other well or are confident for other reasons. A well-mannered dog approaches another in a curve from the side, carefully avoiding eye contact. Two dogs standing opposite each other and staring into each other's eyes predict problems. Our behavior can be perceived very similarly when we approach them straight ahead, especially with our hand outstretched towards them. This is especially difficult for animals that are fearful and not very confident. Dogs will try to scare us away, they may even attack us. Hence the problem of communing with children, if they are not used to it ...
--- Like humans, dogs have their favorite spots where they like to be petted. The best ones are the sides of the head, behind the ears and under the jaw, the chest, abdomen, and the base of the tail. On the other hand, dogs hate stroking or patting the top of the head, touching their paws and the genital area. Of course, there are exceptions, but for most of them, they are very sensitive places.
--- Fear and defensive reaction can also be triggered by leaning over the dog, so it is better to crouch next to the dog to make him feel safer.
--- Our tremendous desire to hug or hug dogs is completely alien to them. The only times these animals are involved are in the act of mating, fighting, or playing, but only if the dogs know each other well. That is why our enthusiasm is often perceived as a threat, especially when we embrace it from above. Although many dogs endure hugs without protest, their unhappy facial expressions and body position say a lot about the emotions they are experiencing at the moment.
--- Long, sharp eye contact is also anxious. My pooch, despite his great friendship with people and staring into their eyes (a form of extorting what is delicious), feels a threat among strangers. He grins, he barks unfriendly ... He also doesn't like street runners, he sees it as an attack on his owner.
--- Do not give your dog a treat that is lying somewhere in your pocket without first asking the owner of the dog. Each pet is fed according to the rules of the house and let's not change it. The delicacies are different, with additives harmful to the dog's body, and it is difficult to talk about the legitimacy and "healthiness" of our homemade cookie. That is why I have in my pocket (in a plastic bag so that dogs do not follow me) banana chips, loved by all dogs, and recommended enormously thanks to the vitamins B6 and C they contain, potassium and fiber, also important for our pets. I recommend it tremendously. Cheap, easy, and how nice.
---- So how do you greet the dog and pet it? When you meet a dog that you would like to say hello to, remember not to come too close, but to stand a few paces (rather sideways to him) and never look him straight in the eye. Let's wait for the dog to approach us. When he does, and he doesn't look tense, we can offer him our hand to smell, keeping it low, not over his head. We only need to pat unfamiliar dogs on the chest or stroke them under the chin. If the dog does not approach us, it means that it does not feel like familiarity - in such a situation, we should not be obtrusive. Of course, our own dogs tend to get used to our quirks like walking straight ahead and stroking the top of the head, but that doesn't mean they enjoy it. Therefore, let's do something for our pets and adapt to the dog's savoir-vivre!
"A dog desires affection more than its dinner. Well – almost." Charlotte Gray