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How to Pet a Dog

How to Pet a Dog

But imagine how great your pet would feel if you showed him affection according to his rules. It becomes even more important when you’re greeting a dog on the street who’s not familiar with you. You don’t want to make a dog feel frightened or, worse, like he has to protect himself. With dogs’ emotional comfort in mind, here are some tips for petting and greetings in general. They’re standard for a dog you meet on the street, but if you try them on your own dog, you’ll also see very satisfied responses.

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