06 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Tips on Approaching an Adopted Small Dog

You can help any new dog adjust to their environment with a few training strategies. Follow Me on Pinterest

You can help any new dog adjust to their environment with a few training strategies.

“I don’t know you yet, but I’m starting to trust you. Woof!”

Whether you have recently adopted a new fur baby or meeting one for the first time establishing a human-canine relationship is important. Here are some tips on approaching an adopted small dog, and how to build trust with them.

 

 

 

Tips on Approaching an Adopted Small Dog

We’ve probably all had the experience of asking whether we could pet someone’s dog only to have the dog completely ignore us or try to run away, and it’s not uncommon for adult rescue dogs to be a little aloof at first.

 

It’s easy to take this personally and think that the dog doesn’t like us, but that’s because we’re looking at it from a human perspective. When two human strangers meet, our rules say that we introduce ourselves and shake hands. Dogs don’t have that rule with other dogs or with humans. Dog socialization is different from human socialization.

 

Think of the way that a lot people approach a dog for the first time. They talk to the dog, possibly in a high-pitched voice, approach straight on, and reach out toward the dog’s head. Is it any wonder that the dog doesn’t want to have anything to do with the human?

 

Here are the things you should do to earn a dog’s trust, whether it’s casually meeting a neighbor’s dog on the street or bringing a new dog into your pack. Read more about Approaching a Dog in How to get a dog to trust you here.

When getting to know a newly adopted dog it’s important to learn about their behavior and know the history if at all possible. Use these tips on approaching an adopted small dog to help your new fur baby adjust to their home. These are also good for meeting someone else’s dog for the first time.

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