I remember about 15 years ago as I was walking out to my mailbox to get the mail, a neighbor passed by walking her huge beautiful German Shepherd and we started talking.
As we talked, the dog started sniffing me and not thinking, I reached out to pet him. Big mistake! He bit my hand. Hard! Hard enough that I had to go get stitches. And because I had to go to the doctor for it, they were required by law to report the bite. It turned out to be a big stink with Animal Control investigating the dog and family and putting the dog in quarantine.
I felt so bad about all of this. I felt guilty, like it was all my fault. I never wanted any of it to happen and probably wouldn’t have gone to the doctor if I had known about all the legal mess I was causing.
The thing is, I know better than to just reach out and pet a strange dog. That is never the way to approach a dog that doesn’t know you. I just wasn’t thinking. So many people though, don’t know how to introduce themselves to a dog and to foster a friendship with them. There are certain things you can do to help build a relationship with a dog and to get them to like you.
I thought I was pretty good at knowing these things (despite the mishap with the German Shepherd) but I learned some new things from this article over at PawCulture™.
Whether you are a canine newbie or a dog whisperer I bet you will learn something from this article. I unfortunately saw myself in their first tip and I particularly like their bonus tip as it pertains to small dogs like ours and it’s something I often come across with strangers (particularly children) when they approach my chihuahua Kilo.
I actually found quite a few interesting articles for pet parents over at PawCulture and have become a regular reader. It’s a big help to find new resources for pet information and they have plenty of articles on pet tips, recipes, rescue stories, DIY projects and more. So check them out.
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Have you ever had a bad experience with a dog you didn’t know? Or had a hard time getting a dog to like you? I’d love to hear about your experience! Also check out PawCulture and let me know what you think of it.
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