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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Introductions

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor


LogoYour friend comes for a visit and wants to be friends with your dog. She talks loudly and reaches to pat him on the head but instead of him acting like the happy dog you know him to be, he snarls or hides in a corner. What now?

Think about your friend's entry and relate it in human terms--you don't speak the language and you're accustomed to a calm environment. Suddenly, along comes a giant, shrieking maniac (remember, dogs' hearing is 100 times more intense than yours) who lunges for your head! You'd react by either running or punching her!

As a responsible pet owner you must inform those that come in contact with your dog that he prefers a gentle approach when meeting a new person. Allow Fido to sniff the stranger, then either have the visitor crouch or sit down and speak softly. Allow the visitor to extend her hand. When Fido sniffs her, she can scratch him under the chin. Soon, your best buddy and your friend will bond!

If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue please call or text me at 856.981.8957 or email There is never a fee for phone or email consultations!

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC