The eyes have it.

As humans, we are told that if we don’t look someone in the eye it is considered to be very rude. If you look a cat in the eye, you are trying to over power them, but if you ignore a cat they see is as a sign of acceptance. For example have you ever noticed that the one person in a room that hates cats and ignores them is the fist one to have the cat sit in their lap? It’s true! Blinking and looking away is the ultimate to a cat, it says that you accept them and are not a threat.

In the case of dogs, as well as many other predatory animals, if you look them directly in the eye on first meeting yo are challenging them and presenting a threat. Many people upon first meeting a dog, will bend down over the dog (a sign that you are a threat) and look them directly in the eye (dominance) and trying to pet the top of the head, (aggression) this is a Fail!

Absolutely not the way to win over a dog! I do not always agree with Ceasar Milan, but his No touch, no talk , no eye contact is correct, When meeting a dog for the first time, for myself I always approach from the side, without eye contact I bend down beside the dog (only if they are presenting a friendly welcoming demeanour.)

They will lead the way, usually with tail wagging, butt wiggling and sniffing or they will approach directly in front of you for approval, at that time I will look down in front of the dog start with a gentle rub down the side of the body and then and only then, make eye contact. By doing this I show I am not a threat, I am not being aggressive, and I have no intention of dominating them, thus gaining their trust and respect.

Please keep in mind that I am not a certified trainer, but then again neither is Ceasar. In any case this is my opinion based on my experiences with various breeds of dogs that I have owned or befriended. Certified trainers may have many other techniques, and by all means if they suggest it try it, they have the certificate.

 To show my point here is a video on how to properly greet a dog, may I just add I love YouTube, you can find almost anything! please take a look;

Most often in a dog attack they will attack the face and or eyes, usually because they feel threatened or dominated and unsafe. children are often times a target because they want to approach quickly, in a loud aggressive manner, reaching above the head, not with evil intent obviously but the result can sometimes be a snap or bite. There was a news story on Facebook about children being attacked and the eyes being the target, which is what prompted me to write this post.



About apitome

I am a mother, a pit bull advocate, but mostly I am just like any of you, I am passionate about politics, the environment and dog advocacy. I want possitive changes within the judicial system as well. I want my children to grow up in a country where we are not told what breed of dog we can own. I want to see BSL put in the trash where it belongs! I want to see the constitution protected but not manipulated *see anything on the mosque near ground zero (USA) or changing Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays (Canada)* I am not racist in any way shape or form against any ethnic group, I do however have prejudices against bad behavior! If you abuse our laws, kids, the elderly, or animals, If you move to a new country and then demand that country to change everything about it's laws & way of life to suit your own agenda, If you blatantly break those laws with no regard and show no repect for them, if you engage in dog fighting or any other forms of animal abuse, torture or neglect, or if you are a pedophile, Than yes! You are on my radar for sure, and I will do EVERYTHING within my power to see you stopped and brought to justice! Furthering that goal, I have no qualms about publishing the names and faces of convicted abusers. I am not trying to change the world, I simply want to see things improve not backslide, Mostly for my children and these wonderful dogs futures! I may say things you agree with, and I may say things that you won't agree with, I may anger you, challenge you, or just plain piss you off, but in my book that's ok as long as long as it inspires some form of action on your part. This is not a popularity contest, If I have said anything about a group or person that you don't agree with please feel free to leave a comment or simply don't come back. If You have been mentioned in my blog it is for one of two reasons, you are either an advocate or you are an abuser loser, if you are the latter I could care less what you think! I value the opinions of trash about as much as I do that of a slug! Everything in print here is a matter of public record, or came from a trusted source, with that said, I am certainly willing to print both sides of any story, in an effort to be fair and always print the truth! View all posts by apitome

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