NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--While dogs are well known for being the best Valentine’s dates out there, doting on humans does not come naturally to every pup. “Getting a dog to like you is a mix of art and science—blending some Dr. Doolittle skills with a little old-fashioned treat bribery,” says Victoria Schade, PawCulture.com’s certified dog-training expert.
“The trick with a shy dog is to toss the treat to him rather than making him collect it from your hand, because his uncertainty about you might short-circuit his desire for the treat”
To help you speed up the puppy love process, PawCulture.com has put together the following tips:
1. Take it Slow: Even if every dog you have ever met has been happy and affectionate with you, don’t assume the next one will. “Dogs are individuals shaped by their life experiences,” says Schade. It’s best to take it slow.
2. Learn Canine Body Language: Wiggly bodies are an indicator of willingness to interact, as well as a loose, wagging tail. But a dog that yawns when meeting someone new, or continuously licks their lips, might be trying to convey that they’re stressed.
3. Watch Your Body Language: Body language is a two-way street. “Rather than looming over an unfamiliar dog, squat down and face slightly away from the dog,” says Schade. If he or she opts to keep his or her distance, or sniffs at you and immediately backs up, don’t try to pet them.
4. Follow the Three-Second Rule: Dogs don’t like being pet in every situation, especially high-stress ones. Start off with a shoulder massage, continue for three seconds and then stop. If the dog leans into you, you were doing something right! If the dog doesn’t ask for more, give him or her their distance.
5. Remember, Treats Make Friends: “The trick with a shy dog is to toss the treat to him rather than making him collect it from your hand, because his uncertainty about you might short-circuit his desire for the treat,” says Schade. Some dogs will refuse treats when in a stressful situation, so if you offer a goody and the dog turns you down, make a mental note to proceed slowly, or invest in a more delicious treat.
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