It can be exciting to meet a new dog when you’re walking down the street or at the park. No matter if they are big or small, some doggos can’t help but transmit joy and cuteness wherever they go, so much so that sometimes we can’t resist the temptation to approach them and pet them. However, if we do it in the wrong way, we might scare them and instead of having fun, we’ll end up with a bad experience. And that can happen even with dogs that are usually friendly.
That’s why Zgrnews wants to share with you a few tips from veterinarians to make this process go smoothly. That way, both the dog and you will be happy to meet.
1. Do not rush into saying hi
Sometimes, we’re walking down the street or around the park, and we suddenly run into a stranger walking his or her dog. It feels like we can’t control the urge to walk up to a dog and cuddle it. Well, Sophia Yin, an animal behaviorist, says that doing that so abruptly can be intimidating for dogs (and maybe for humans too). The best thing to do is to approach it slowly and in a relaxed manner. This way, the dog will have a chance to feel safe and will know that you are not going to hurt him or his master.
2. Ask the owner for permission
Another common mistake we all make when “meeting” a new dog is to go straight to cuddle that little furball. We get it, we’re just as excited to meet the dog, but we shouldn’t forget to ask the owner if we can approach it. This, besides being an act of courtesy, can also help us in case the dog is aggressive or in case we need to approach it in a particular way. Dr. Yin suggests that we take the time to ask the owner’s permission, so the dog will also feel more confident around us.