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How to tell if a dog is confident? #342865
12/26/16 07:11 PM
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Hi there,

Just looking for some pointers before we go to meet our potential new boy on Saturday. I could use some help on what to look for to help us judge of a dog is displaying a healthy confident demeanor?

Thanks!


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Re: How to tell if a dog is confident? [Re: FurKids] #342868
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Play with him! Does he engage?

Also, note body language and posture: Tail, eyes, ears, hackles.

A confident dog will not avert his eyes, have his tail tucked, his ears pinned back or his hackles up. He would be alert, engaging, tail up, wagging, or neutral, ears erect.

ETA: do this before taking your dogs out to meet him.

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Depends a bit on how old he/she is.

Does he come running up to meet new people (Puppies especially! should do this, in my opinion) Older dogs should greet you but may be more reserved but NO backing up or ducking, etc.

Good body language - like above = tail, ears, facial expression = "Happy". Willing to meet ovetures from you.

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They say he's about a year and a half.


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Re: How to tell if a dog is confident? [Re: FurKids] #342977
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He should approach you with an alert posture. Standing normally, investigative but not cautious. Should not look submissive.


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His approach towards you should be solid and should also maintain a straight face.

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Where you meet him might some impact on how he greets you also. His house/yard or a neutral site. Also, what his currents owners act like can also have an impact.


generally a dog should be willing to come right up to you to do a small sniff at least - unless he happens to be tied up with another distraction in which case he may not pay much attention (unlikely though).

Good luck and let us know how you make out with him.

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