When I go to school, all the kids are excited to see me. Especially when school first starts after the summer and they haven’t seen me for awhile. They like to yell my name – ” Look! Rhythm’s here!!!!” then run to give me a hug! This is when my Mom Person says -” Whoa!! Let’s be a little more polite to Rhythm!” Then we all talk about what dogs like and don’t like about being petted. Most of the time I don’t mind when kids run up to me to say hello. But I know some dogs who really freak out when that happens. And I really like getting petted, but I’m not crazy about getting hugs. If somebody really needs a hug, then I can let it happen because I know it makes them feel better. But I’d rather just get a nice pat and maybe an ear rub. I know some dogs who really like being hugged. They just go right up to people and ask for hugs! Dogs are all different just like people are.
What do your dogs like? Do they like kids or are they scared of those little whirlwinds? Are they ok with strangers or do they need some encouragement from you? Are they cuddly or not so much? And when you meet a new dog friend, what do you do? Do you bend down in its face to say hello or do you give it a little space? Do you first reach for its head or go around to the side? Things to think about?
We found a really nice book called May I Pet Your Dog? by Stephanie Calmenson. And it has some really great pictures by Jan Ormerod. She gets all the right expressions on the dogs’ faces. This book tells with pictures how someone should come up to a dog to say “Hello”. It shows how some dogs like kids and some are a little afraid. I wish everybody would read this book. It would make meeting new friends alot nicer for me and all my dog buddies.
Go check it out!