Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Part of my latest online bestowing of doggy wisdom....

Patterson-Kane said it's important that people give thought to touching any dog, because, unlike primates, dogs are not genetically programmed to think hugs are good. Many dogs learn to be hugged and petted, she said, but not every dog is friendly or receptive to touch.

She said all people, not just kids, need to put themselves in the frame of mind of an animal and think about how they would feel if someone loomed over them, petted them while they were sleeping or aggressively initiated touch. In addition to making thoughtful decisions, Patterson-Kane said people should ask dog owners before making physical contact as a means of ensuring safety.

"We're not saying don't interact with dogs, but think about it a little bit before you do first," Patterson-Kane said."