How To Pet Your Dog The Right Way

Petting a dog is one of the purest things you can experience in life that should be really natural and simple, second only to breathing. However, it turns out that while it is simple, there’s so much more going on underneath, especially on the dog’s part.

So if you’re ever unsure about a dog’s body language, here are some ways to make sure every pooch you meet feels like a good boy:

Petting dogs you already know – While a dog that already knows (and trusts) you would generally be very warm and welcoming, there are still rules to keep in mind. With this, you should always respect the rules set by the pet owner. Always respect the dog’s personal space as well as its owner and know if you’re already crossing a line. Know that suddenly petting the dog out of nowhere might mean you’re already reinforcing potentially harmful behavior.

Petting a stray dog or a dog you don’t know – The very first thing you have to understand when approaching a dog that doesn’t know you is to do all you can to not scare or spook it. This is because putting a dog in an unfamiliar situation will put them on edge. So make sure you are as non-threatening as possible. Move slowly, crouch so as not to tower over them and let the dog come to you as you extend your hand. If he comes forward, pet him. If he doesn’t, then respect the space he wants.

Petting a friendly dog – Despite meeting a dog that’s already very friendly in the first place, you should still follow the same “protocol” when meeting a stray or unknown dog. This means crouching down to avoid towering over them, extending your hand and letting them come to you. Always make sure you present a laidback atmosphere.

Doing something as pure as petting dog, which science reveals makes them all the more happier, shouldn’t be stressful in the first place. So have your daily dose of it and pet the good boys all you want. Just make sure you understand their language as much as they do yours, and you’re well on your way.

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