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I'd like to know if there is a good way to make my puppy start to get used to the idea of "hello"?
I have a 2-3 month old rescue dog from a shelter that is very friendly and playful and is generally a great dog. She also has an aggressive startle reaction when I say, for example, "come" or "go" (as if I were yelling at her to come over to me or something). So, it's easy to pet her or pick her up and say "yes, come," or "go" but harder to talk to her and have her walk over to me, or let her get up from a rest, and so on.
Does anyone have suggestions about how to get her used to this basic command?
I'm afraid I can't find anything on google. If your puppy has had lots of socialization, she should be fine with hello. If she is just a young pup, she may need more socialization. If she's already been fully socialized, she'll be fine with hello, too.
I don't think that they have to have had a lot of socialization before starting on the "hello." When I say hello, I say it when they are about to do something I'm about to tell them to do, but usually not actually when they're "about to" do something.
I also say hello before I even pet them, and my dog doesn't need a whole lot of explanation before letting me pet him. I also say hello when I pick up my dogs, but usually not when I'm just saying, "come" or "go." I can say "come" or "go" and she immediately comes and sits by me. But before saying any of those words, I have to say hello. So I can say, "hey, baby girl," or "hello, sweet girl," but before I pet her, I have to say, "Hello, girl."
I have 3 big dogs and they all say "hello" to each other when they come up, whether it's out of the house or back in. They haven't really gotten any instruction so to speak. (they are all rescues, and that's all we know about them) I know that I would need to teach them what it means to meet up with another dog/puppy, but it's too hard to teach all of them at once!
Thanks. I think I will try to be consistent with the greeting before any interaction with her. I will do the same thing when I pick her up. I'll need to do some reading to find the best way to teach the greeting while I'm around with my puppy. I'm sure it's important.
I started my first dane puppy a few months ago. His name is Nuno. He's been getting used to hello ever since he was just a puppy.
Nuno loves being pet. When I touch him he likes to be stroked. He's so soft, you could just go on cuddling and he wouldn't mind. I've read this may be a genetic thing though.
It will be tricky with another dog as we have 2 danes and 2 shepherds. As a first time puppy owner I'm still trying to figure this out. So, I'll need to teach Nuno to take a nice sniff first before he touches, but he'll soon get the idea I hope.
I think some dogs are a little more tactile, while others are more focused on sniffing. I know some dogs that absolutely hate it if you try to pet them before they've sniffed first, and some that just love it, no matter how I try to pet them. We've found it easiest to have them follow me to where I'm going, and then lead them to our bed, but I sometimes have to tell them to go there first (they'll walk beside me and wait for me to say that's where we're going). But it depends on the dog, and how easy it is to get their attention, and if they're ready to accept the petting.
When it comes to their body language, I've found that with all dogs it's best not to make too much noise (even with the "Hi!" from your voice) or else it might just scare the dog off, so I'm still trying to figure that out. I don't know about dogs, but I've noticed that if my voice is kind of "tense" (it comes out kind of scratchy and/or high pitched) that other people notice too. It can make you look bad to other people if your dog's body language is so intense and anxious and you're having to speak in such a loud voice to tell the dog to do something. Maybe it's a thing with dogs, but I'm pretty sure it's also a thing with some humans. We humans can all sense when something is wrong in someone's voice (which can be a good thing!), so it's like that.
My biggest pet peeve is people who yell at their pets and make a huge fuss about it. If your dog has a bad reaction to something, make sure they understand that and that they're okay. Your job as a responsible dog owner is to do what you can to help the pet feel better, whether it's a bite, a kick or a tail swatting. Don't let it bother you, and don't get angry. If they need to bite you to get your attention, okay, that's just a thing dogs do (or they might bite you for other reasons too), and it's really not worth getting upset about.
If it's a small bite that doesn't hurt, even better! You can say "I'm sorry" and reassure them. If it was a big bite, tell them you're sorry they hurt you, and reassure them and show them you are okay. I don't think you should do anything too excessive if it's just a small bite, because that's probably not what was intended, but a good "sorry, I'm so sorry, it's okay" can make all the difference in the world. As for a big bite that hurts, you can either ignore it and be gentle to the dog in the future, or you can hold onto the dog's head and give it a reassuring rub. I know it might seem weird, but I can't imagine how scary it must be to have a big animal holding your head and rubbing it. It can be pretty scary, I bet!
## Dogs and Strangers
I've mentioned it a few times now, but my biggest pet peeve is when you see someone standing in front of your dog and petting him, or holding him, and you can't understand what they're saying. It's always really hard to hear or understand what people say when you are at the vet, because you can't understand them, so why on earth would you put yourself in this situation when you're already dealing with such a stressful situation? Do people think you are a deaf dog? Or maybe the dog is deaf. And maybe there are some people out there who think that way because of the unfortunate (or not-so-unfortunate) fact that there are some people out there who think that all dogs are deaf and therefore they must be hearing impaired, and they're petting your dog and trying to make it more comfortable? I don't know why you would go to such extremes just because you want to pet a dog, but some people seem to be that way. I just don't understand why.
When you hear someone say, "Nice dog!" I think you should do two things.