Meeting a new pup is very exciting, for both human and dog. It can also be quite nerve-racking as meeting a new person. You want to make sure they like you and that you’re making a first good impression, right? And what happens if your new furry friend is shy? Or if they’re don’t warm to you right away?
And if you are about to meet a member to pet sit or offer dog walking or simply arranging your first meet and greet, these top tips will help you get acquainted with your new friend.
Pro tip: remember that every dog is different and may need several meets and greets to befriend you. Patience and thorough planning are key.
4 tips to befriend a new dog:
1) Location, location, location: Pet parents will know where their dog is most comfortable, this may be in their home or at their favorite park in the neighborhood. It may be best to ask beforehand if there are any behaviors or things you should avoid. For example, they might instruct you not to approach the dog right away or to ring the doorbell as their pup might get over excited.
2) Sniff hello: Let the dog approach to sniff hello you, don’t just approach the dog and offer your hand. It’s good practice to stand a small distance away from them and give them an opportunity to approach you first. They’ll most probably give you a quick sniff and wander off. If you’re lucky they may welcome you with an offering to pet them, if they do, take the opportunity! Consent is key.
3) Tasty treats: It is always a good idea to carry some treats with you but first ask the owner if the dog is sensitive to anything and if it is alright to offer treats. Avoid asking or approaching the dog with your hand at first, many dog behaviorists will suggest that you toast a treat or two and let the dog make the choice to approach it. This way, the dog will not be trapped or forced. Treats are a great way to positively reinforce their happy behavior towards you. See if they know any tricks or cues (commands) too.
4) Praise and enthusiasm: Remember to stay positive, even if your furry friend hasn’t quite warmed to you yet. A higher tone of voice can be helpful. If they seem to be happy and they would like to play, remember to keep that enthusiastic high tone too.
We hope these tips help! .Hopefully you’ll make some furry friends soon.
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