Introducing your four-legged friends to your two-legged friends can be a lot of fun. Yet for certain dogs, meeting new people can be stressful and cause anxiety. We’ve put together a handy guide to help you introduce new people to your dog.
1. Let your dog make the first move
Having someone new approach your dog before they’re ready may make them feel threatened. Let your dog approach first and leave them to make the first move so you can be sure they’re calm and comfortable with the situation. When introducing children to your dog for the first time, it’s even more important that they understand how to approach a new dog - even though meeting a new furry friend is always unbelievably exciting!
2. Offer treats
We all know how much our furry friends love being treated. Giving visitors your dog’s favourite treats to share with them can help start the relationship positively. Not only will this help build trust in a new relationship, it’ll also reward you pet’s calm behaviour.
3. Be patient
New people and places can be unsettling - even us humans can get shy - so it’s perfectly understandable that our pets do too. Be aware that adjusting can take time and you’ll need to be patient, moving at a pace that works for your canine best friend. Always take things slowly and never rush your dog if he or she is feeling a little wary.
4. Play with them first
Playing with your dog before your guest arrives should help ensure they’re in a relaxed and happy mood. This will also create a positive association with receiving visitors, so they’ll always be at their tail-wagging best for guests.
5. Calm their nerves
Animals feel stressed and anxious in the same way we do. So, because we like to keep your pets as happy and relaxed as possible, we’ve developed our triple-action calming supplement YuCALM Dog. It could help to support your pooch in feeling happier and more relaxed every day, without drowsiness.
We hope that your dog is always happy to make new friends, with two legs or four, and YuMOVE is always there to support along the way no matter what. Read more about helping nervous dogs with separation anxiety here.