The Top 5 Tips on How to Speak Dog By Michele C. Hollow

lindyWhat works for humans, doesn’t necessarily translate over to dogs. When we are affectionate, we hug. We even gaze into each other’s eyes. That’s great for humans, but not for dogs.

Hugging or staring into the eyes of a dog can be perceived as downright aggressive. Even patting a dog on the head can be taken the wrong way. Yes, they put up with us. That tolerance is partly why we care for them so much. Following are five tips on how to speak dog.

1. Don’t pat his head.

This is a threatening gesture to many dogs. Although most family pets have gotten used to it, they don’t find a heavy-handed pat very enjoyable. Try it on yourself and you’ll see why. A scratch behind the ears or on the chest is much more satisfying.

2. Don’t stare a dog in his eyes.

Remember your parents telling you to look people in the eye when you speak to them? Good manners in human company is often considered a challenge among canines. This is why experts don’t recommend staring contests with an unknown dog.

 3. Defuse tension by looking away.

Just as staring at a dog can fuel aggression, looking away can help defuse a tense situation. It is also a good way to tell a persistent dog to buzz off. An alpha dog who’s being pestered for attention by an underling will signal her disinterest by looking to the side.

4. Approach a dog from the side rather than head on.

Walking straight up to a dog is in very poor taste. Dogs move in an arc when walking toward other canines. While most socialized dogs are used to the more direct human approach, you can make a very submissive dog more comfortable by angling towards her.

5. Get on his level.

You’re probably thinking, “Cute doggy, I’m gonna give you a pat,” as you lean over a pooch. But in the dog world, standing over someone is a way of showing your higher status. Tower over an aggressive dog and you may get a growl warning you to back off—if you’re lucky. Stand over a submissive dog, and she may cower or roll over. If you want to say hello to a timid pooch, turn sideways, squat, and let her approach you.

Featrued dog- At this time there are no dogs aailable for adoption. Please go to our Petfinder site to see what animals may be for adoption.

Featured cat: Lindy

Lindy is a 5 month old young lady. She had a home but they could no longer keep her. She is a gently loving kitten who likes nothing but better than to be with people. she never stops purring. Lindy loves to be carried and spend her time with you. She is used to other cats but does not seem to like dogs. Beautiful white whiskers.

Other available cats:

Willy was found abandoned in front of the shelter door. He is quite the lover and wants nothing more than to cuddle in your arms or drape himself across your chest.

Dino is a quiet gentle man. He needs a quiet home. He is very loving but a bit shy. He loves attention.

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals.

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. and