Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD142 Understanding Dog Greetings

Understanding Dog Greetings

What do different dog greetings really mean?

Have you ever wondered why your dog greets you the way they do? Why do they get so excited when you come home? Why do they jump up, spin around in circles, or clobber you with their front paw?

As dog moms, most of us fully embrace whatever way our dogs choose to greet us. Of course, we might find it cute and adorable when our dogs jump up to greet us. However, guests might not appreciate your dog hurling themselves at them when they walk through the door.

We often have difficulty understanding how to handle our dog’s greetings, so let’s talk about it! In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy shares some of her best tips to help you better understand your dog’s greetings. She also reveals how you can learn to manage greetings so that both parties feel safe, calm, and happy using The Greeting Protocol from the Brilliant Partners Academy!

In this episode:

  • Why dog greetings must meet their social needs
  • Four rules to consider before letting your dog greet others and vice versa
  • How to adjust the way you and your dog greet one another
  • How to use The Greeting Protocol to manage safe, calm, and happy greetings between your dog and other dogs or humans
  • Interesting statistics about dog greetings

Read the blog post on this topic.


“If your dog is already over-aroused, over-excited and is already disconnected from you, you have to skip the greeting.”

“You are responsible for managing the greeting.”

“Greetings should only happen if you and your dog are connected, attentive, and responsive to one another.”

“Dogs prefer to play with other dogs that are similar to themselves.”

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