7 Things Dog Owners Want You to Know

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I don't want this post to come across as mean, so before you read my list, please know that I'm writing this because inappropriately interacting with a dog could be dangerous or traumatizing for you or the dog. Since owning my pup, I've noticed that there are a lot of people who are unsure or unknowledgeable about how to interact with him. Even the most well-behaved dog can bite or snarl if provoked, and he's still learning.  I want this time of his life to be a positive experience that he carries with him through adulthood, but sometimes this is difficult because of how other people or animals interact with him. Here are some of the things that I, as a dog-owner, want you to know.
  1. Do not run towards or away from them when you are greeting them.  Dogs feed off of your energy, and they can get that energy very quickly.  He may think you're playing or threatening him, he may not care.  You don't know until it happens.
  2. Do not approach or pet a dog without asking the owner.  Her owner knows whether or not she's in the mood to socialize with you, and it's just good manners.
  3. Just because my dog doesn't generally bite, doesn't mean he will not bite if provoked.  If you don't understand how to approach a dog when you meet him or her, ask the owner how he or she likes to be petted.
  4. My dog can do tricks, but please don't try to get him to do them for you unless I tell you that you can.
  5. Let the dog come to you.
  6. Dogs, just like people, feed off of each other's emotions and moods.  If you're tense about meeting him, he may reciprocate those feelings.  Try to be as calm as possible.
  7. Your experiences with other dogs were or will be extremely different.  In fact, your experiences with the same dog may be very different!
Just play it safe and be respectful when approaching a dog or other animal.  It's not only beneficial for you, but also for the pet.  Remember that as the human, you have the upper hand in most situations so if it's potentially dangerous or stressful to you, it may be for them as well.

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