If you‚Äôre out walking your doggo, it can be really frustrating when people rush to say hello without observing a few simple rules. Some dogs can be reactive and nervous about meeting new people. Some may be over-protective of their owner, while others may be focused on their training and don‚Äôt need the distraction. Unsolicited attention can cause all sorts of problems and even be dangerous, even when you‚Äôre armed with the best dog treats.
Dog training company, K9 Summit based in Tennessee created a video about how NOT to greet dogs which has received almost 500K likes on TikTok. The video, entitled ‚ÄėFive ways you should NEVER greet a dog!‚Äô, lists common mistakes every owner will be familiar with.
If you have a dog that‚Äôs scared, young, or simply working on calm greetings, the last thing you‚Äôll need is other people interrupting training session. K9 Summit have put together a list of the worst ways to try and pet a dog and despite the jokey approach, they‚Äôre making some serious points.
K9 Summit‚Äôs video listed the worst offenders ‚Äď people who continue to try and pet after being told no; those who allow their off-leash dog to run up to yours; people who touch your dog quickly while keeping moving; people who get into your pet‚Äôs body space and overwhelm him, and those who force their hands under your dog‚Äôs nose rather than letting him choose to approach. All big no-nos!
Lots of people commented with their own experiences, including one person who said ‚ÄúThe ‚Äėbut my dog‚Äôs friendly people‚Äô are the worst! I only take my dog to leashed parks and they‚Äôll have their dogs off leash, UGH!‚ÄĚ.
It‚Äôs also helpful to get to grips with your dog‚Äôs body language to help you decide whether he‚Äôll welcome attention. If in doubt, it‚Äôs always best to say a polite but firm ‚Äėno‚Äô ‚Äď true dog lovers will understand and respect your decision. If greetings are a challenge for your pooch, keep your distance from other people when you can and very slowly build up your dog‚Äôs tolerance to other people or dogs using the help of a specialist trainer.