Do you want dogs to like you?
You know those people, the ones that don’t seem to give a bar about dogs but dogs fawn all over them.
There’s definitely something to it. I’m at the other end of the spectrum as far as passion for dogs but I’ve learnt a thing or two and I don’t know how many clients have said to me, ‘Wow, such and such doesn’t normally like strangers’ when their dogs have sidled up to me.
Let’s look at this further -
For me, I’m standing up and side on to the dog (not risking being bold over, position of authority too) whilst giving them space - they then have more of an ability to move away if they feel the need.
I’m as still as possible (those who know me know that I’m quite animated, talking with my hands normally, so this takes some restraint).
I do not make eye contact (for quite a while actually). I focus on the owner or another point I have chosen. With this, I am nether a threat nor a push over.
I allow the dog to decide to sniff me first (if they want to at all). I never EVER offer the back of my hand (as seems to be a common practice). You never really know the dogs past at this point and they could have been hit with a hand. You are encroaching into the dogs space also.
Finally, as mentioned, dogs just ‘hang with me’ at their owners home. The last signal for this was them coming up and nudging me for a pat. I was accepted, Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant and Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.