Don't Be That Guy: Proper Etiquette for Greeting Dogs on the Street

Posted by TF Oren

Every dog person knows there are definite do's and don'ts when it comes to meet-and-greets with other people's dogs.

For example:

  • DO: Ask the owner's permission before approaching a dog.
  • DO: Allow the dog to sniff you first before you touch it.
  • DON'T: Approach a dog tied up alone.
  • DON'T: Make it weird and overstay your welcome when meeting someone else's dog.

These are just a few of the basics, and there are plenty of other do's and don'ts to keep in mind.

In this quick video tutorial, Gothamist correspondent Ben Yakas helps remind us of the proper meet-and-greet etiquette when you encounter a dog on the street that you simply must stop and pet.

These commonsense rules apply not just to meeting dogs in New York, but everywhere.

Even the most experienced dog person has been known to lose their cool when they see a cute specimen of man's best friend, so it never hurts to brush up on the basics.

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Don't Be That Guy: Proper Etiquette for Greeting Dogs on the Street