Not every dog is an outgoing social butterfly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t win them over. If you want to make friends with a dog who looks a little anxious, just follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to making a new best friend.
Hey! Is that a cute new dog over there?
She looks shy! How should I approach?
Avoid direct eye contact
Speak in low and calm tones
Body language makes or breaks your first impression
Crouch down but don’t loom over a dog. Give them space to approach you at their own pace. Point your body slightly away from the dog.
(That means no sudden moves)
Don’t go straight in for the head pat
Start your petting in neutral territory like the shoulder or side.
Give her an opportunity to sniff or lick your hand if she chooses
She may choose not to!
And remember, a tired dog is a happy dog