Teach Civil Greetings

Dogs jump in greeting to get closer to your face. Teach your dog that sitting has the same effect. If your dog jumps when greeting you, fold your arms over your face and look up. When she calms down, brace her by looping your thumb over her collar. Pet her lovingly and teach her the meaning of SAY HELLO (to sit calmly for greeting).

When company visits, ignore your dog until she's calm. At this point, bring her to the visitors and brace her (see above) if she's excited or overwhelmed. Encourage her to sit and stay by saying SAY HELLO.

There are also etiquette rules for greeting other animals, from dogs and other small pets to horses. Having your dog lunge and drag you to a strange animal is not good form. It sets the stage for impulsivity, which, minus the leash, could put your dog in harm's way.

If you see another person approaching with a dog, tell your dog to HEEL and enforce it. If they are approaching to visit, stop, put your dog in a SIT-STAY, and wait until they are close to release her to GO PLAY. If your dog is unfriendly with other dogs, tell the person immediately to avoid any conflict.

If you are introducing your dog to another pet, determine if she will be friendly ahead of time. Small animals can trigger a dog's prey drive (an instinct to chase/kill), especially if she has not been socialized with that type of animal. Use the same HEEL, SIT-STAY combo mentioned above.

If you're approached by an off-leash dog, it's best to avoid contact. Don't look at the dog, and discourage your dog from doing so as well. Unless the dog is friendly, she may attack if she thinks you are in her territory. But by focusing on the ground and quickly moving out of her perceived area, she will save her energy for a more threatening foe.

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