Words of Woofdom-Canine Greetings
Many dogs are eager to interact with other dogs but it is not safe to assume that all dogs will reciprocate. When you ask another pet owner if your canine can interact with their dog, presuming that your dog is comfortable with that interaction, Allow the dogs to have some slack on their leashes. Follow your dog around that semicircle. In this way, the leashes don’t get tangled and you can quickly interrupt the interaction if needed. Tangled leashes can cause your dog to feel trapped and may increase the anxiety in the greeting. I believe that having a loose lease during these interactions is important so the canines can behave as normally as possible and not feel too restricted by the leash or the presence of the pet parents. Always keep a close eye on your dogs. If one of the canines freeze up or looks uncomfortable, quickly continue on your way. Have a cue that you always use to let your canine know that we are going to continue on our way now, such as “let’s go”. It is best to have a short and sweet positive interactions than to linger too long.
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