In my previous blogs, I talked about the “philosophy” supporting my way of thinking, meaning that we become more and more part of the family (I think that’s above 80% of pet owners in Canada who say that their favorite pet is definitely “part of the family”).
Now let’s take a closer look at the method of “introducing a pet” which my owner use, through my eyes:
1. HE DOESN’T LET PEOPLE COME CLOSE TO ME!
He lets the people he wants to get close to me (see my owner’s blog on the etiquette of introducing a dog)…
For 2 reasons:
The 1st one: my owner doesn’t want me to sniff everywhere (especially for the 2nd reason!) and that I get overexcited (wagging tail = excited… so he’s not happy).
The 2nd one: there are people who are afraid of me (lucky they don’t get to meet me when I just got up in the morning… hihi!). Personally, like many other pets), I hate it when people rush towards me (we too, have a “personal space”).
2. HE ASKS PEOPLE NOT TO LOOK ME IN THE EYE, TOUCH ME OR TALK TO ME!
Relax, you will say… well, please know that we are not teddy bears, do be careful with the way you treat us!
The “staring”: for me, it’s natural, if I have to fight with another animal, I will stare it in the eye.
The “touching”: I never said that because I touch you, I automatically give you the right to touch me (it isn’t written anywhere anyways!)
The “talking”: I don’t understand any language, even less the need people have to use baby talk with me… which really gets on my nerves!
3. HE SHOWS PEOPLE HOW AND WHERE TO PET ME!
No, I don’t like it when “you” tap my head. It’s not a pig-pong ball! Remember that! But if you pet my sides gently, I’m in heaven and it shows me you respect me. In return, I’ll do the same and won’t jump on your lap! Deal?
By the way, this goes for all the know-it-alls (as in “I know dogs… had them all my life) or those who (think they) trained Rin-Tin-Tin or Lassie, you can keep knowing and training every dog but for me (as well as for other dogs), you better keep your distance because you still don’t get it!
Proof is, watch how we behave with the people who follow the rules I just described. We are relaxed and give them space without wanting to dominate them. That’s a way of showing that we’re happy!
I want to underline the fact that when people realize they committed a blunder (the majority of people do), my owner will have the patience to ask them if they want to learn how to interact properly with a dog and understand the etiquette to approach dogs and avoid problems… like getting bitten!
I noticed many people are ready to learn how to approach us when they realize they had misconceptions all these years, once they pay attention to the dog’s behavior and their own! Why, you ask? People become aware that we don’t think like humans. Do you get it? We don’t think… we use our instincts and that makes a big difference!
A responsible pet owner
And it’s important to tell you to thank the business owner (or the manager) of the place you visit for letting you in… that’s a responsible pet owner who thinks about other pet owners who will visit after him or her… provided that a proper etiquette is followed!
See you at my next blog.