How to Approach Dogs You Don’t Know in a Friendly Way (10 Tips)

2. Ask the owner for permission

Another common mistake we all make when “meeting” a new dog is to go straight to cuddle that little furball. We get it, we’re just as excited to meet the dog, but we shouldn’t forget to ask the owner if we can approach it. This, besides being an act of courtesy, can also help us in case the dog is aggressive or in case we need to approach it in a particular way. Dr. Yin suggests that we take the time to ask the owner’s permission, so the dog will also feel more confident around us.


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