If any dogs test positive for Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) at the shelter, we are immediately isolating them at our medical teams counsel and attempting to get them into a foster home. Since distemper positive dogs can shed the virus to other dogs for up to 3 months, they need to be isolated for that entire period or they pose a risk to other dogs at the shelter.
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Ever wonder why some dogs seem afraid or annoyed by you when you first meet them? Often it’s the way you’re introducing yourself that could set your relationship with a dog off on the wrong foot. Here are some quick tips to remember when you’re greeting a dog!
Crouch down. You don’t have to sit, but getting a little closer to the dog’s level will help them realize that you aren’t a threat.
Lean or bend over the dog. The dog can view this as a threatening posture.
Avoid eye contact. Dogs view direct eye contact as a sign of dominance. Similarly, keep the side or back of your body towards the dog. Facing a dog directly can be considered threatening.
Grab, squeeze or hug the dog. Just like people, dogs don’t like their personal space invaded.
Let the dog approach you to sniff and investigate before petting.
Squeal or make other loud noises that might frighten the dog.
Some dogs are extremely well-socialized and love it when strangers invade their personal bubble. However most dogs have their own set of “rules” for meeting new people. It’s best to let the dog take the lead in the interaction so that they can show you what kind of contact they enjoy. Remember, never approach or pet a dog without asking their owner for permission first.
Now go out there and make some friends!
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