One of the things I always struggle with is how people greet my dogs. I have tried hard to turn them into good citizens, but it doesn’t take much for them to turn into jumping monsters. And unfortunately, those who greet them with a high pitched, excited sounding greeting only makes it worse. I beg people to walk in, ignore them and turn their back on them when they jump. If they do that, the excitement goes away quickly. If not, it becomes a crazy house quickly.
Fortunately, my dogs love people and attention, so you can do almost anything to them. Touch, pick up and pat their heads. But for some dogs, that can lead to an unfortunate situation. So how is the best way to greet a new dog? This handy chart is a good start. It’s good for the dog and for your safety too!