Top 7 Tips for introducing your dog to others
Every dog is different and not all dogs who meet each-other are going to like each-other, a bit like us humans. But what we can do to ensure an initial meet and greet goes smoothly, is to follow a simple yet safe and effective way for your dogs to develop a friendship.
You know your dog and what he or she can or can't cope with and doesn't always want to say Hello !
1. Never have an initial meet and greet face to face. Remember, not all dogs have a clam temperament and meeting like this can cause more excitement leading to either one, or both dogs being over aroused.
2. Walk your dog with the owner by your side, so both dogs are on the outside. Keep the leads loose. We've all been there where the dogs are so excited us dog owners end up getting tangled amongst the chaos.
3. The 3 Second Rule! Allow the dogs to have a maximum of three seconds to say Hello. Once the three seconds is up turn and walk away. This allows each dog enough time to sniff each-other out, one of the ways a dog can absorb a lot of information about one another. When walking away on the third second, your dog will process the interaction that has just happened. Give another minute and re-introduce them. Keep doing so until they are familiar with each other.
4. If either dog is showing signs of discomfort during the three seconds, turn and walk away earlier. Also look out for them staring each other down. Do not allow the meet to continue. This is a sign of confrontation especially if neither walk away.
5. Look out for your dogs body language communication:
Tail - If the tail is stiff, turned up or only the tip is wagging, you may need to disengage
Mouth - If either dog is holding their breath and their jaw if locked, walk away
Head - If one of the dog's head is placed over the top of the other dog's head, this is rude manners and could be that the dog is going to be a bit bossy
6. As a caring and responsible for owner, you want to see loose body movements, relaxed faces and body movements and a wagging tail
7. In an ideal world every dog greeting should always be like this, but not all dogs have good days. Just like humans, we all have off day's. The dog who always wants to play and interact may not always want to today.
These tips are a great way to introduce your dogs to others. Never force your dog to do just that. A dogs body language is a way for your dog to communicate with you.
I always follow these steps at an initial meet and greet for dogs who may want to join as a member of Waggie Tails. I take consideration of your dogs needs at all times. Should you wish to book a no-obligation meet and greet with your dog do contact me HERE