We are all guilty of the occasional dog that doesn’t greet or otherwise interact with other dogs. At times, this may be because the other dog is older or in a different breed, but there are other times that it is just a lack of maturity. Here is a simple strategy that will teach your dog to greet other dogs calmly.
First, find a large variety of dogs and let them run around for a bit. Then, when you are not watching them, take the dog’s leash and gently pull it away from the group of dogs. Wait a bit, give the dog a few treats, then re-introduce the dog to the group.
The reason this is the best is because it will work for every dog. If you have a bunch of dogs, I bet you will be able to find some other dogs that are more mature than the ones you are currently working with.
So, yeah, this is a great trick. If you have a dog that never seems to get along with other dogs, you can train the dog to greet other dogs with the least amount of agitation and aggression. All you have to do is grab the dog leash and make a few quick movements toward the other dogs while still keeping it in a semi-crouching position and then let go.
This trick is great for older dogs, but if the other dogs are very young, you may need to use a bit more patience and more pressure.
For the dogs who are quite young, you may need to put even more pressure on this trick. If they don’t like to be grabbed and put in a semi-crouching position, you may need to use a bit more pressure and use a bit more physical force.
I personally have used this trick multiple times while teaching dogs to greet other dogs. The dogs used to run at one another, but it made it so much easier to greet them. I have also taught dogs to greet cats, but I have not yet taught dogs how to greet each other.
I’m not sure of how best to teach it, but I would imagine that dogs do not like to be picked up and put in a semi-crouching position. I have found that when you are putting pressure on them, it becomes easier to greet them. As for cats, dogs don’t have a ton of pressure involved with them, so I’m not sure what you would need to use to teach them to greet each other.
For some dogs, it might be better to say, “Oh! Hello there!!!” when they first see each other. For others, it might not be. But the thing is that we do not know which dogs might do that.
We do know that it would be good to start training them if it is at all possible. I am not sure what you would need to do to teach a dog to greet a dog. For starters, try to get them used to the idea that they are welcome and not expected.