Before approaching the people you’re going to introduce your pet to, ask them:
- Not to look the pet in the eye;
- Not to talk to the pet; and
- Not to touch the pet.
Please, observe scrupulously these 3 instructions! You will understand why in the next blog. Unfortunately (and in many cases, it’s not in bad faith), many people have the bad habit of automatically “charging” towards the pet while staring it in the eye and talking… if it’s not extending the hand (“so that it can smell me”, they say!). Wrong! And you will see why in the next blog.
Now, once the instructions have been laid down:
1. GIVE THE PET AN ORDER (short and precise) to go towards people:
(Oral: for instance “bonjour/hi” in a language that uses less syllables, therefore easy for the pet);
(Gestural: like the hand holding the leash and that points to the people the pet is introduced to).
NB: draw the dog back to you if it doesn’t wait for the command (with a ferm “NO!”) or if the person to whom the dog is introduced reacts the way described above. You will be surprised how many people stop when you say NO!
NB: REPEAT IT UNTIL THE ANIMAL OBEYS QUIETLY AND ON DEMAND (no need to praise him or give him a treat, your pet is rewarded by the attention it gets).
KEEP IN MIND THAT BEING CONSTANT is easier for your pet to remember the order it’s given.
2. LET THE PET SMELL:
The command: there aren’t any! Permutations are endless; the pet can go from front to back or the opposite; or from
left to right or the opposite.
NB : SLIGHT DRAWBACK: don’t let your pet’s “nose” sniff some places of the anatomy more than 1 second, especially for women (you know where!!!)
STATISTICS: the pet takes from a few seconds (3 to 5) to 10-15 seconds to “cover every angle” (if it does take more, then the person has another pet or treats on them). Don’t let your pet take more than 10 to 15 seconds!
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Keep following the 3 instructions (don’t stare, don’t touch, don’t talk to the pet) even for this step.
Once the pet has met the people/animals you wanted to introduce it to, you can allow the pet’s “acknowledgement” process by letting it be petted (10 to 20 seconds) in the following areas:
a) on the side of the face (towards the back to the side of the neck);
b) along the neck towards the back and going further; or
c) on the sides (where the ribs are):
NB: Pet it gently (don’t excite the pet) or else the owner won’t like you!
NB: Don’t pet the top of the pet’s head or below his mouth or his throat because:
- the pet doesn’t like any movement above its head as it is the dominance “area” , hence the master’s area (try to at a small dog’s head when it’s in master’s arms!)
- as for the throat, it’s the targeted area to cause damage during fights between animals.
Control your pet’s excitement level at all times so that you can keep the situation under control, because the more a pet gets attention, the more it asks for more, most of the time (of course it depends of how the pet was trained).
Practice as much as you can and even trigger a situation (for practice purposes). In the next blog, we well talk about the philosophy behind Clanimal’s approach!
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