5 top tips for getting to know new dogs

Meeting a new dog is very exciting, for both human and dog. It can also be quite a nerve-racking time too - what happens if your new pawtential furry friend is shy? Or if they’re don’t warm to you straight away? Well, we’re here to put some of those worries to rest with these top tips for meeting, greeting and befriending new dogs.

Finding the right location


Two BorrowMyDoggy Dalmatians
Doggy member Elliot & Alby

Owners will know where their dog is most comfortable, this may be in their home or at their favourite park. It may be best to ask beforehand if there is any behaviours or things you should avoid. For example, they might instruct you not to ring the doorbell as their pup might get over excited.




Sniff hello


BorrowMyDoggy dog close up
Doggy member Theo

Letting a dog sniff your hand is a great first introduction. It’s good practice to stand a small distance away from them and give them opportunity to approach you first. They’ll most probably give you a quick sniff and wander off. If you’re lucky they may welcome you with an offering to pet them, if they do, take the opportunity!




Tasty treats


BorrowMyDoggy dog eating an ice cream treat
Doggy member Mylo

The owner may have some treats to hand. Ask if you can give some to your new furry friend to help with your introduction and to positively reinforce their happy behaviour towards you. See if they know any tricks or commands too.




All the cuddles


BorrowMyDoggy Labradoodle puppy sleeping
Doggy member Winnie

Once you’ve made your first introductions and the dog is ready, why not give them tummy or chin tickles? You can also learn all about this pawsome scratch, guaranteed to make firm friends.




Encouragement and enthusiasm


BorrowMyDoggy Cavapoo happy
Doggy member Milo

Remember to stay positive, even if your furry friend hasn’t quite warmed to you yet. A higher tone of voice can be helpful. If they seem to be happy and they would like to play, remember to keep that enthusiastic high tone too.



We hope these tips help! If you’re going for your first Welcome Woof, here’s everything you need to know. Hopefully you’ll make some firm furry friend soon.


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