We have probably all gone through that uncomfortable situation of asking someone if we could touch their dog and by going to touch it has moved away from us (perhaps scared) or has simply ‘passed over’ us. On many occasions, dogs can be distant or suspicious at first with people they don’t know.
Well, the first thing we should do is not take it personally. It doesn’t mean the dog doesn’t like us. And the second thing is to keep reading these tips to try to earn your trust.
As we have mentioned, if a dog that we do not know is distant or moves away from us when trying to touch him right off the bat, don’t take it personally. We must always treat it from a doggy rather than human perspective. We explain why.
Dogs, unlike humans, follow very different guidelines for getting to know each other and have their own rules. In any case, when they meet a new dog, it will never approach directly, talking to it, probably in a high and sharp voice (Ayyy! But how handsome my little one is! It sounds like you, no), gesturing and trying to touch its head. This is precisely what humans usually do. When a dog sees all these actions, it is even normal for it to happen to us. Wouldn’t you? 😉
Here are some tips to gain the trust of a dog, whether it is the neighbor’s, in the park or when bringing a new dog home. In the case of touching a dog that we do not know on the street, the first thing to do is always ask its owner if we can touch it. It is very important that we do it and teach our children to do it.
Yes, it sounds typical but it is the most important thing. Do not approach him excited, saying things in a loud voice and / or gesturing excessively. If we do, three things can happen: either the dog jumps on us to play, or the dog runs away in terror from us, or worse, we trigger an aggressive reaction. Important: approach him calmly and speak softly.
Never head on
When approaching a dog you don’t know, never approach it head-on. Always approach from the side, slowly. You are invading their living space and to approach them head on is to be very rude according to canine ‘protocol’. Stay close, bring your closed hand closer. Slowly. Be aware that you are invading their living space.
Respect their living space
Before approaching the dog, ask its owner if you can touch it. Do not get too close at first, leave at least one meter of distance. Do not look at him or touch him or say anything to him. Observe their attitude ‘sideways’. Don’t burden him. Take your time.
Wait for it to come to you
Once you have approached him (at most one meter) wait for him to show interest in you. If this happens, it will come close and smell horny at you. Then slowly stroke his chest. Never pet a dog you don’t know from above. If he licks your hand then he has accepted you. Otherwise, if he turns his head and ignores you, nothing happens. Do not take it bad. Keep working with him. Slowly. Don’t rush things.
When you are ‘introduced’ to a dog you are adopting, you can put the above tips into practice. Once at home, wait for the dog to come to you. Don’t chase it. Remember that ‘those who command’ are not those who persecute.
The best way to gain the trust of the new member of your family is to walk with him. In this way you show him that you are the leader who guides and protects him. Always stay calm. Be sure of yourself. In this way he will quickly see that you take care of him and he is safe when he is with you.