Tips for greeting a new dogFelicity Tubner - Mon Mar 01, 2010 @ 07:30AM
Meeting a new dog for the first time is an exciting event for both human and dog. Here a few tips to help you.
- When you met a new dog don't look at it, say it's name or interact. Wait about five minutes before starting the introduction. The reason is simple. If you want the dog to see you as an Alpha, act like one. Alpha dogs don't run over and scratch and make a fuss of the other dogs. The Alpha dogs signal when the pack can come to them. Also waiting gives the dog a chance to sniff you and get used to your scent.
- Now you want to be introduced, I was recommend holding out a relaxed hand and been down on your hunches, let the dog have a good sniff, once it has stopped sniffing give it a light scratch around the chin and on the lower part of the face. Don't smile, baring your teeth got be see as aggressive by the dog.
- Stand and come closer to the dog. Let them sniff your clothes and shoes. Once they have finished give them a light brush down their spine. See how they react. Do they look up with soft eyes or suddenly finch? If they finch the dog is still unsure if you are friend or for. If you can pass your hand all around their shoulders and head which where the Alpha dog normally holds them down to create domination without a sign of fear. Things are going along well. If on the other hand the dog is weaving away from your touch, don't force the issue. Wait and allow the dog to sniff or look you over. A dog with high levels of fear needs the Alpha to be calm but firm. Turn your back to the dog and ignore them. Let them come to you. Patience is important. Once you can safely brush your hand down the spine, around the shoulders without any problems the introduction is complete.