How can I tell if my dog is comfortable around a new dog?
In your dog’s lifetime there will be many opportunities for him to meet other dogs; vets, parks, friend’s dogs and even new dogs added to the family. A good dog meeting should have all dogs relaxed. They should sniff rear ends first. If they are comfortable, then they sniff faces. Many dogs don’t like it when a dog comes to sniff their face first and might correct this behavior by snarling, growling or snapping at the “rude” dog. Some dogs may stiffen up when first greeting and that can be totally normal. Know what your dog is comfortable with and be able to recognize his body language. If the meeting is not going well it may be necessary to separate the dogs and try again when both animals are relaxed.