Dogs

When you meet people and their dogs, ask “is your dog friendly withpuppies” – this will be very telling. Not all dogs like puppies. If they say “yes” then it’s likely safe to say hello. If they sound hesitant or the answer is “sometimes”, “generally”, “I’m not sure”, “this isn’t my dog”, “s/he’s never met a puppy” or “no”, then thank them and keep moving without greeting. Feed your puppy for noticing the dog. 

Never lure or force your puppy closer to the dog – simply loosen the leash and (with permission) allow them to approach at their pace. Happy-talk any interaction with the dog and after 3-5 seconds, make some kissy noises and guide them away, feed a treat, and allow them to go back if they would like. If the other dog is too rough, uninterested, avoidant, or a bit grumpy, do not allow your puppy to interact with them. They need 100% positive interactions at this age. Always happy-talk and feed as you move away from the dog as well. Keep interactions short and sweet. 

Puppies

Adults

Short-snouted 

Senior dogs

White

Brown/tan 

Adolescents

Fluffy

Medium

Large

Black

Short-haired 

Loud

Quiet

Wearing coats

In a wheelchair/stroller

​Small

Wearing a muzzle

Be sure to snap a picture of your puppy observing each of these dogs, looking happy (not stressed!) and share it on Instagram, tagging us @TCCEinc and using hashtags #tccedogs and #tccesocialpuppy so that we can be sure to track your progress and ensure eligibility for a prize each month!