greeting other dogsDogs, who are always allowed to greet other dogs or people, are at a higher risk of becoming frustrated when they are not allowed to greet every dog they meet on a walk. This dog will eventually pull, bark, and lunge when they see another dog. Although there are no bad intentions, this dog becomes hard to handle and also to train in public. So what is the etiquette when it comes to greeting other dogs?

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It is important to teach your dog that they can only approach other dogs when your dog is calm, hold eye contact with you and gets your permission to say “Hi”. It’s essential to teach your dog impulse control and help them learn to behave calmly in the presence of other dogs. This type of training is called “desensitization” and “counter-conditioning.” During the desensitization process, you can expose your dog to other dogs from a safe distance and reward them for staying calm and focused on you. Gradually, you can decrease the distance between your dog and the other dog until they can greet each other without any issues.

Also, always remember to ask the other dog owner ahead of time as their dog may not be social. As a result, it’s essential to approach other dog owners with respect and ask for their permission before allowing your dog to interact with theirs. If the other dog owner declines, it’s important to respect their decision and move on. Remember that not all dogs are the same, and some may require more space and time to feel comfortable around other dogs. By being respectful and considerate of other dog owners, you can help ensure a safe and pleasant experience for everyone involved.

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