How do you befriend a mean dog? Surprising Answer

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To become friends with an unfriendly dog, try to interact with it in a calm and quiet environment. Approach the dog slowly and come slightly from the side, moving in a soft arc, rather than walking straight up to it. Keep your eyes averted, since staring directly into its eyes may be interpreted as aggression. Then, crouch or bend down on your knees to face the dog rather than towering over it. Finally, be gentle and speak to it in a soothing voice. To learn how to recognize attack warning signs, read on!

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    Start petting the dog in an appropriate way Photo credit:

    For one thing, a nervous or stressed dog will find a pat on the head to be intimidating.

    The best thing to do in most cases is to slowly reach your hand out towards the dog, let him sniff the hand, and then gently stroke his cheek a few times.

    It can also help to keep your hands in the dog’s sight so it doesn’t get nervous about what you’re going to do. When you’ve interacted with the dog a few more times and have started to build a real relationship, you can move towards things like belly rubs and head pats, but gentle strokes on the back and cheek are the safest ways of starting.

    While you may be thinking of other dogs you owned and their special likes, remember that this dog is completely different and may prefer entirely different interactions.

    By proceeding slowly, you can get to know what the dog is comfortable with and what makes it feel nervous. Some dogs may quickly discover that they love to be petted and will begin to trust you more completely once you earn this additional trust.


    Socializing a puppy is one of the best ways to create a happy, well-rounded, and sociable dog. But sometimes, for whatever reason, you miss out on that critical socialization period and your dog ends up with frustrating behavior issues or even becomes aggressive.

    While it’s far easier to socialize a young puppy than an adult dog, don’t worry, there’s still hope! Not all is not lost with an aggressive adult dog.

    Let’s explore how to socialize an aggressive dog and why socialization is important (for puppies and adults alike).