9 thoughts on “Greeting Dogs: Dos and Don’ts

  1. If I had a nickle for every time someone’s done Nos. 3, 5 & 6 to my little dog, I’d have enough money to have this printed on enough postcards to do a mass mailing to the entire town.

    Not that Bertie’s bitten anyone, or even looked like he might. But, good grief, there’s a first time for everything, and no sense in helping it happen.

  2. There are so many well-meaning people who violate the rules simply b/c they don’t know the rules. I know for a long time, the thing that was told to kids was to hold out your hand and let the dog sniff you first. That could be good if it’s done properly – as in, holding out your hand and allowing the dog to approach you if he wants to. But this is really too subtle for most kids to understand and you sometimes end up with kids cornering the dog, putting a hand in his face or chasing a dog who’s trying to avoid the hand in his face or even grabbing the dog’s head who’s trying to avoid and attempting to force him to sniff the hand.

    1. Ive always heard that you stick your palm out to a dog first, rather than your hand, so they can lick you but know you are not a threat because your fingers arent out to grab them or anything like that.

      Ive had my dog for 10 years, since she was 8 weeks old, and shes never bitten or tried to bite anyone. She loves people and goes out of her way to get attention. The last year or so though shes gotten really bad cataracts so she cant see as well which means that to her movements are sudden and more scary because she cant see the whole thing. So now Ive been more worried about a kid rushing up to her and her biting than I would normally. I know I wouldnt like it if I was just standing there, not able to see well and then all of a sudden I had a person up in my face touching me and I wasnt prepared.

  3. Just saw this breakdown by a Houston-area trainer of the video where the Denver TV anchor was bitten. He went through the video moment by moment and showed all the warning signals. I think it’s great that there’s been a lot of teaching around this incident, and media discussion of how dogs “speak” with their bodies. Even a few years ago, there wouldn’t have been the same consideration of “What was the dog trying to communicate?”


  4. we ordered the poster to go along with our Dog Bite Prevention materials…we did opt for version #2….hahaha with the ? instead of WTF…some really great materials to order! We may buy the poster and donate to our area schools too! This should be in every school in America, Vet clinic, Groomers…and pet Supply.

  5. I understand how to act to a dog who’s not mine. But if I had a dog, it have to understand and respect that im the leader. Can I still act like on the picture (the correct way) without the dog look like he is the leader?

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