small dog syndrome was coined as a result of small sized dogs exhibiting certain behaviors
Hello Dog ! Many people and children love dogs and would like to greet them in a friendly way. Despite their good intentions, sometimes humans and dogs are "lost in translation". Many people use approaches are not really dog friendly or at least a dog does not understand it to be friendly.
The easiest way to say " hello dog " is to remember the acronym WAIT:
- Wait to make sure a dog looks friendly.
- Ask the owner’s permission to pet the dog.
- Invite the dog to sniff the person before petting.
- Touch the dog gently on its back, away from its face and tail.
Some other good tips:
- Let the dog approach you first
- Don't scream or speak loudly around a dog
- Let the dog sniff your hand
- Do not pat the dog on their head. Approach them on their back or on the side of their body
- When petting a dog, don't tap them. Use a soft smooth stroke from the head towards the tail
- Don't grab their tail
Here's a fantastic illustration on how NOT to greet a dog:
Want to learn more? Check out our post on How to Read Dog Body Language!
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