Updated: May 6
Most of us have fond memories of heartwarming stories or moments spent with our beloved Superogs. Dogs have proven to be essential members of our families, teaching love, respect, responsibility, and gentleness to our children time and time again.
While we all believe in expression, "a dog is man's best friend," meeting new people becomes enjoyable for both your dog and can pose some difficulties. Thus, before introducing your dog to strangers, here are some ways to prepare for the introductions.
Introducing Dogs to Adults
1. Encourage people to bring tasty treats, especially if the dog is a bit unsocial. It helps them build trust and enjoy new relationships better. Treats and praises from strangers also make your pet feel like the great dog they are!
2. Ask your dog to sit before the introduction because they tend to get too excited with new people. This includes friendly petting of friendly passersbys.
3. keep your dog on leash for the initial greeting, so jumping towards the other person can be avoided. It also keeps them close so you can take them away if necessary.
4. Pay close attention to your dog’s body language. Watch for indications of stress, confusion, anxiety or aggression.
5. Do not leave your dog alone—it is essential to keep an eye on your dog's relationships to ensure that they and the new person reciprocate each other’s friendly greetings.
6. Keep your dog confident in interactions with strangers in public. Reinforce it with training, which involves simple commands, like, sit, stay, come, no.
7. Lastly, always reward positive behavior.
Introducing Dogs to Children
1. Begin by teaching children how to pet and softly touch animals. Practice on your arm or leg. Children adore animals, but they are often unaware that they are squeezing or pulling the dog's skin or coat.
2. Have the dog sit while you make the introductions. We highly recommend using a leash, as it allows you to regain control if things get out of hand.
3. Allow enough room for the child to quietly approach the dog and provide enough space for the pet to come to the child willingly. It enables the dog to observe the child without becoming agitated and greet them on their terms.
4. Pay close attention to your dog’s body language. Watch for indications of stress, confusion, anxiety or aggression. Things like flashing teeth or growling.
5. Unlike with adults, on the first greeting with a child, avoid giving treats or using toys. Some dogs become overly excited when they see a treat and may grab it from tiny fingers. It poses a risk of getting unwanted injuries for both the dog and the child.
6. Remain still and let the dog sniff around you and the child before petting. Dogs use their sense of smell to introduce themselves and recognize people.
7. As with adults, always reward positive behaviors.
These tips are best practices that will help you and your dog to create new, great relationships and memories with new people without worrying about the risk of getting them or your dog any harm.