This lovely post reiterates a concept that, I don’t think, can be shared enough. I also love the fact that there is an analogy contained therein which speaks to how we humans would perceive an unexpected intrusion. Walk a mile in my paws.
May I pet your dog?
This is a very simple and important question, yet so often unasked.One of the biggest concerns we hear from clients is how other people will rush up to pet their dog without asking. Likewise, strangers will allow other dogs to pounce upon their dogs, again, without asking. Although the gesture is intended to be “friendly”, the importance of asking permission to pet or touch another dog FIRST should not be overlooked.
Remember, not all dogs want to be greeted, and there are many reasons for it. Dogs can be very protective of their owners and may consider the intrusion into their space as a threat. It is also very common for a dog to have a fear of strangers and your advance could cause a defensive reaction. The dog may even have aggressive tendencies that should be avoided for your own safety. Lastly, he may…
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