Greet dog: This is how it works best

When people greet a dog, they can subconsciously go wrong. Because dogs perceive their environment and other living beings differently than humans, so that they can sometimes find warmly meant greetings of people as encroaching. However, with the following tips you will get everything right. Dogs appreciate a little polite distance when greeting - Shutterstock / otsphoto

"Uuuuuiiii, yes, what are you duuuu for a cute Hundiiii !!": If you want to greet a dog in this way, running towards him and caressing him immediately, looks threatening to the four-legged friend. Dogs initially perceive everything with their sense of smell, and if you immediately surprise them with your affection, they will be unsettled.

Greet a strange dog: be careful

Depending on the upbringing, personality and state of health of the animal, this can have bad consequences for you if you greet a strange dog like this. Healthy, confident, calm and well-behaved dogs will endure this welcome attack with a little luck. However, anxious, sick, insecure, or poorly behaved dogs can react with aggression to the alleged threat, growl, snap, or even bite.

Especially if you want to greet strange dogs, you should be particularly careful and give the four-legged friend the time to decide whether he wants to have contact with you. Even if it is sometimes difficult for particularly cute dogs.

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Greet dog: four-legged friend takes the first step

It is best to let the animal approach you before greeting the dog. A strange dog may not feel like getting to know you and may stay at a distance. It's a shame, but you should respect it. The better a dog knows you, the faster it comes to you. For example, your own dog will likely approach you as soon as he notices you. The reason is that dogs sniff above your nose, whether they know you, like you, or consider them a potential threat. Next, their sense of sight comes into play, meaning they see your body language, your facial expressions and gestures, and then decide what they think of you.

If you approach a dog head-on and look it straight in the eye, it acts as an attack. If you then raise your arm to stroke it, it may frighten you and try to defend itself. Just stop, ideally a little to the side of the dog, do not say anything at first and wait. If the dog comes to sniff, stay calm - dogs can recognize a nervous, tense mood and interpret it in such a way that there is a danger - and see how it behaves. If he stays with you and seeks contact of his own accord, you can stroke him and praise him.