Is your dog scared of strangers?
When interacting -
Ideally, strangers should remain standing (bending over so that face and eyes are on the same level can be quite threatening to a dog) slightly side on, keeping their hands in close to their body (hands can be scary!)
The person if possible, could be asked to look over at……rather than at your dogs eyes.
If your dog hides behind you or moves away, that’s fine, let your dog have their space - for everyone’s well being.
As I have mentioned before, a dog that accepts a person, will usually push his or her head up under their hand for a pat. It’s best for your visitor to be advised to wait for this sign before choosing to try to physically engage, particularly with a fearful dog (i.e. wait to pat the dog on their terms), Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant and Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.
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