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Meeting a Dog for the First Time

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« on: September 30, 2007, 03:09:06 am »

Meeting a Dog for the First Time
Posted Fri, Jun 01, 2007, 10:00 am PDT

By Cesar Milan

Anyone who has ever interviewed for a job knows the importance of a first impression. To a dog, every new human being is an interviewee, and the impression you make during the first encounter is crucial to the development of a healthy relationship!
Some important things to remember:

1. Do not initiate contact with the dog. No matter how great the urge to crouch down to her level to play, remember that a new dog doesn't see you as a playmate. Until she has time to assess you and make up her mind, you're a stranger.

2. Allow the dog to analyze your scent. A dog sees the world in a different way than a person does. We sometimes assume that they will respond to us if we communicate by sound first, then sight, then smell. It might surprise some people to learn that they actually have it backwards! Let her explore your scent fully before attempting any other interaction. Do not touch, talk to, or make eye contact with her during this ritual. Once the dog is satisfied that there is no more to smell, she will give you a sign. Submission may come in the form of a friendly rub or touch, inviting you to give affection.

3. If the dog displays signs of aggression, the important thing is not to panic. A calm-assertive stance from you coupled with avoiding direct eye contact shows her that you are not a threat. If the aggression continues, make clear to your host that you are uncomfortable and have them remove the dog in a calm, firm manner.

4. If the dog has decided to ignore you, don't force attention or affection on her. The dog means no offense; she's just not interested. The best thing to do is just ignore her as well.
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