Dog greetings are such an important part of our dogs’ socialization process. But guess what? It’s also one of those things we dog parents don’t always understand.
While we’re all social beings, dogs approach greetings in a totally different way, and that’s what Kathy explores in the Enlightened by Dogs episode. She highlights the actions that count as greetings for dogs and discusses nine things to consider when facilitating dog greetings.
Kathy also shares some insights from research that’ll alter your perception of dog greetings altogether.
In this episode:
- The dynamics of dog-to-human and dog-to-dog greetings
- When you should let your dogs greet
- Kathy explains the partnership greeting protocol
“The first rule is that we greet only if all parties are feeling safe, calm and happy.”
“Unlike humans, dogs don’t approach one another head-on. They prefer to take a soft approach that’s more sideways and indirect.”
“Greetings should only happen politely, we want our dogs to know this is how we do things.”
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