10 Tips on How to Approach Dogs You Don’t Know in a Friendly Way

It’s thrilling to meet a brand-new dog while walking down the street or in the park. Whatever their size, small or large, some dogs can’t resist expressing happiness and affection everywhere they go, so often that we are compelled to pet them and approach them. If we come it wrong, we could scare them, and instead of enjoying ourselves, we’ll be left with an unpleasant experience. It can happen when dogs are usually amiable.

This is why Pironix wants to provide you with some suggestions from veterinarians to ensure that this process goes smoothly. This way, you and your dog, as well as you, feel comfortable having a meeting.


Do not rush into a greeting.

Sometimes, we walk along the street or in the park and encounter someone walking their dog. We feel like we cannot resist the urge to stroll toward the dog and hug it. But Sophia Yin is an animal behaviorist. She claims that approaching it too quickly can be overwhelming for dogs (and perhaps for us too). The best approach is to start gently and in a comfortable manner. So the dog has the chance to feel secure and be assured that you’re not going to cause harm to the dog or its owner.


Ask for the owner’s permission.

Another mistakt we often make while “meeting” a new dog irushingsh to snuggle the dog. We understand we’re eager to meet the dog, but we shouldn’t be a fool and ask the owner if we can approach the dog. Aside from being a gesture of goodwill and respect, this could also be helpful if there is a chance that the dog is aggressive, or we should have to be able to approach it in a particular manner. Doctor. Yin suggests that we get the owner’s permission to do this so the dog can feel more secure in our presence.


Beware of eye contact that is direct and direct.

For humans, looking a stranger in the eyes can be uncomfortable and sometimes even frightening. It can make humans feel uncomfortable. It’s the same in dogs. The veterinarian also suggests that, after we’ve received permission from the owner to do so, we shouldn’t gaze directly into the dog’s eyes. It’s to ensure that they feel at ease with us. Once we’re ready to meet them first for the very first time, we must approach them in the back and not from the front to not appear intimidating to them.


Let their sense of smell guide them.

As opposed to humans, dogs possess more developed senses of smell, which is how they approach and observe the world around them. Their nose is like having two eyes. This is why a different suggestion given by Dr. Yin is to let them approach us instead of us being them. The idea is to make sure that they can smell our hands and legs and then decide whether or not they would like to be petted by someone else.


Don’t stroke their heads or lift your hand over their head.

It’s pretty commonplace that when petting a dog’s head, they place their hands on the head of the dog. It’s likely because most people don’t consider that; although certain dogs don’t have a mind, they are more sensitive, which means they tend to be the gesture. Veterinarian Uri Burstyn claims dogs might perceive the motion as from a position of aggression. That’s the reason it’s common to provoke violent adverse reactions. He suggests instead that once we’ve approached the dog, we lowered our hands just for them to meet us.


Be sure to protect your hands, but let them know you.

Once you’ve dropped your hand, your new pet can pet you and discover what you’re like. But, Burstyn recommends that for the security of children and adults, you close your hand slowly, then rotate it to reveal the back side of your hand toward the dog. Our fingers will be secure if the dog becomes hostile for any reason. You could have done something that upsets the dog, and they’re not familiar with you, and they could react accordingly.


Respect their space

It is also essential to have a personal space for dogs. If you are planning to kneel to pet a dog who has already shown us its trust, it’s recommended to treat it with respect. So Doctor. Yin recommends keeping a certain distance between you and your dog to allow them to move freely as they get to know you and when you are getting to know them.


Please take a deep breath and then stroke their chins.

Once we’ve gained an animal’s confidence, we can pet it. Instead of placing it on their backs or their heads, Burstyn recommends that we pat them on their heads. Burstyn suggests starting by placing their chins below their muzzle. It’s because their chins are an area of safety for us as well as it’s comfortable and not threatening for the person wearing it. So we are sure that we’re taking care not to do anything which could cause them to be upset or cause any harm to them in some way.


Instead of hugging them, pet them—their shoulders.

Human expressions of affection may not mean the same as to dogs. And this is something we must be aware of. Kissing or hugging is likely to result in extreme stress levels for dogs, even if they don’t believe it. Imagine that you’re dealing with a stranger dog and worrying him out. You could be in quite a risky situation, and that’s not even talking about children interacting with the dog. Doctor. Yin recommends always petting instead of cuddling or doing anything else.


Do not pet them if they’re anxious.

Watching your dog’s behavior will determine whether it would like to be loved or not. There is a chance they’re not keen on getting to know you or are anxious. In the end, no one can constantly meet new people in a way that is appropriate. Suppose you notice that your dog doesn’t want to socialize with you best not to force them to take on anything they don’t want to do. One of Dr. Yang’s advice is to take a step only when we can see that they’re calm and content. If they’re not, we should look them in the eye.

How do you handle your pet who is not familiar? Does your dog like meeting strangers?


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