Yesterday I was in a busy park with about a million dogs. About a dozen came bounding over to me ready to jump up on me. I like dogs, but am always wary of random ones as: 1) you’ve no idea what it’s temperment is 2) I’ve heard people say that you shouldn’t just start touching a dog without its owner’s permission. On each occasion I just stood still initially waiting to judge what was going to happen, and in almost all cases the owner said TO THE DOG, ‘now, now, not everyone likes dogs you know fido’ - which I found quite patronising.
Anyway, what’s the correct (or your) etiquette in this situation.
- Stand still and wait for them to move on
- Ask permission of the owner before touching it
- Pat it, if the dog’s come to me, it’s fair game
- Run away shrieking
- Dogs don’t get the chance to come up to me, I’ve gone bounding over to them first