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How to become friends with a dog and how to bond
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How to become friends with a dog and how to bond

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  • Most dogs have a ‘sweet spot’ at the base of their tail.
  • Once they’ve made your acquaintance, they’ll absolutely love a good scratch here and keep coming back for more.

Meeting 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

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

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

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

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

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.

5 ways to tell a new dog likes you

Meeting a new dog can be just as nerve-racking as meeting a new person. You want to make sure they like you and that you’re making a first good impression, right? So whether you’re going to meet a potential doggy to borrow, a new puppy or rescue or even a friend’s dog you’ll can follow these top tips to meeting new dogs. But even after doing everything right how can you be sure they’re warming to you?

We’ve found 5 ways to tell if you’re new furry friend has taken a liking towards you, have a look below:

A waggy tail

It can often go unsaid but a happy pup will have a proud, waggy tail. The faster they’re wagging it, the more excited and happier they are. A dog that’s relaxed will wag their tail, and a relaxed dog means they’re comfortable around you. If a dog’s muscles are stiff and their tail is still wagging, it could mean they’re annoyed or unhappy - so do keep that in mind.

Eye contact

If a dog is making prolonged eye contact with you, good news! A study conducted in Azabu University in Japan by animal behaviourist, Takefumi Kikusui found that eye contact is a good thing and compares to parent-infant bonding. So if your new pooch is staring at you, you’ve made a friend!

Dog licks

Dog licking can be seen as annoying but it is in fact a good thing, as it’s a major sign of affection. Although is can be caused by the salty skin of us humans, more often than not, their lick is a sign of love for a new acquaintance.

Roll over

Pawsome news - if a dog rolls over and shows their tum it means they trust you and feel comfortable. A study from the University of Salford, found that when a dog rolls over it means “scratch me” 100% of the time.

Watch their body language

There are a number of things to look for in a happy pup which include; jumping up, energetic behaviour, intent to play, lifting their eyebrows and open/relaxed mouth. If your new furry friend is doing any of these, result! Ensure you watch out for tense and whimpering behaviour too, as some dogs may need a bit more time to warm up to you.

We hope this helps you on your next meet with a pooch! Remember, try not to be disheartened if a dog doesn’t take to you straight away, these things can take time and effort, but we’re sure after a few treats and stroke, you’ll be making firm friends soon!

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