Comment to 'Ask Before Petting Someone's Dog'
  • So True. 

    We don't walk up to strangers (people) and start touching them either: first a friendly introduction, then a firm handshake....

    Animals appreciate respect and sense it in our interactions with their accompanying gestures and vocalizations.

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    • Thank you knichol5 for your response.  I think along with being respectful of the canines we must not assume that they are all friendly and receptive to our attention.  I think the proliferation of the dogs shows and pet owners and the slow demise of the working dog has contributed to this. Most people believe that all dogs are supposed to be "friendly."

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