« Pets: are living sentient beings not plush dogs! » Let’s take a look at the logic behind this:
a) Do not stare the pet in the eye:
“In his nature, when a dog is to fight, it will stare its adversary in the eye in order to intimidate it… So unless the dog is on Prozac, there will still be a risk that it takes the stare negatively;
b) Do not touch the pet:
“No where is it written that the pet wants to be patted (there are other ways to know that!). It only wants to smell and usually, it only takes a few seconds.”
c) Do not talk to the pet:
it doesn’t understand any language, even less the need to be spoken to like a baby, which by the ways, really gets on my nerves!
Since the majority of people are not experienced dog trainers or no “Cesar Millan”, nobody can really know how the mind of a dog works, so unless you’re ready to wager your family and house on it, please observe the method suggested here.
“IN ANY CASE, IT’S REALLY A LACK OF RESPECT TO GO AGAINST A DOG OWNER’S METHOD OF INTRODUCING HIS PET.”
A way of proving that is to see how people who respect the way of doing described above. They stay calm; respect your space and
your method (they would often say how they appreciate your sense of responsibility as the owner of a well-balanced and happy pet).
Most people are ready to learn how to initiate contact with a pet and they realize they had misconceptions about pets for so many years once they pay attention to the pet’s behavior as well as their own pet’s behavior! “Why?” you ask. People realize that their pets don’t think like humans because they act instinctively and that… makes all the difference!
Thank the business 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!
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