What are proper pup petting procedures? A question I’ve been asking myself lately…
We meet dozen’s of people up and down the hallways of the hospital as well as the streets of pet friendly Charleston. Dogs in a hospital are still a novelty to many, so 90% of the people we encounter want to stop and greet the Boys.
Pawhaps it’s the “fluff” that attracts people to them – we are always stopped when we’re out and around town too!
With that said, there seems to be a large population who do not understand what I call –
the proper pup petting procedures.
WHAT WE OFTEN EXPERIENCE –
On any given day people will try to pat Harley’s head…
When this occurs I immediately speak up.
To me, this is the perfect time to kindly/gently educate – right there and then.
I appreciate that people want to spend time with my Boys, but I also don’t ever want them to have a “significant emotional experience” with a dog who lashes out because a human hand tried to descend upon the top of their furry lil’ head.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t care for people to “tower” over them either. I think it’s intimidating and could possibly cause them to feel frightened…
Kneeling down initially makes you less threatening I would think…
HOW TO #GREETADOG –
- Greet the human first and ask for permission
- Avoid eye contact and head-on approaches
- Never bend over a dog, bend down and let them come to you on his/hers own terms.
- Offer either a closed fist…
- or your hand with its palm up…
Go Pet Friendly shares 11 tips for greeting a strange dog. If you’re looking for additional information, I would recommend book-marking this one.
Have you ever corrected someone greeting your pup for the first time?
Don’t wait for the perfect moment – take the moment and make it perfect❤️