Monday, March 18, 2013

Greeting a Dog

A nice comparison of what is considered rude for human to human contact and what that looks like with our dogs. Dr. Sophia Yin utilizes this picture and shows appropriate ways to greet dogs. Often things that we find appropriate when greeting each other, such as direct eye contact, is very uncomfortable for dogs. Direct eye contact between dogs is a threat and could result in a fight. Is it surprising that some dogs react once we stare in to their eyes? Teaching our dogs to like making direct eye contact with us is one thing that I teach in the basic behaviors class. It is easier to teach our dogs to like being stared in the eyes than it is to try and educate every owner in the world to avoid it.  It is also a great tool for getting our dogs to focus on us during distracting times. 



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