In general, everyone is excited when they see a dog in the street. We would like to touch him, to cuddle him, to play with him. However, each dog has his own character: Some are sociable and comfortable with strangers, and others are more reserved and do not like a stranger approaching them.
Know that if you throw yourself on a dog in a rush, you can stress him. In this case, either he will be afraid or he will become aggressive. It is for this reason that in our article today we will present the basic rules for approaching an unknown dog without a bad surprise.
Above all, it is important to understand the body language of dogs. Dogs are naturally very expressive and one can easily, by their attitude, know if they can be approached or not.
We can approach a dog in the following cases:
- When the dog seems calm and relaxed;
- When his tail is relaxed;
- His gaze does not fix you and his behavior is decent;
- If he moves his tail when you talk to him.
We can not approach a dog in the following cases:
- He flees you and hides behind his master;
- He licks and yawns;
- His eyes are half-open;
- He twists his back;
- He has tense ears and tail;
- He shows his teeth.
Approach an unknown dog
- We advise you to always take permission to approach a dog to the master of it. He will tell you very quickly if his dog is sociable or not at all;
- We also advise you to approach the dog with a slow step, without precipitation, not to surprise him. In this case, it is always advisable to approach the dog by the side, rather than the front or the back;
- Never fix the eyes of a dog you do not know because he may believe that you are threatening him;
- Approach the dog by talking to him in a calm and pleasant tone so that he relaxes and feels that the environment is positive;
- Do not touch the dog unexpectedly and always respect his personal space;
- Start petting the dog when it comes to you on its own, and stroke it in the neck area. Dogs like that. Be careful never to stop the animal from moving;
- If the dog approaches you quietly, you can put it at ease by putting yourself at its height;
- Never hug the dog because a dog does not like being stuck by nature. It makes him anxious and stressed.
Do’s and Don’ts when approaching an unknown dog:
Approaching a dog you do not know can be risky for you if you behave inappropriately. Below, we will present the main actions you should avoid:
- You can not run or rush behind a dog who does not want to have a connection with you;
- Never lean over the dog;
- Never stroking a dog tight and do not take it in your arms;
- Never put your face too close to the dog;
- Never make sudden movements.
It is important to teach your children to never approach an unknown dog when they are alone. A watchdog, for example, can quickly have the reflex to bite when touched or extended his hand!