What is the best way to introduce two dogs? The best method is probably the scariest - off leash in an outdoor neutral location. Start with two (exercised) tired dogs. Let the dogs drag their leashes in case a quick intervention is required. Keep the initial interactions short (five seconds or so). Each handler should call his dog to come and praise/reward before releasing the dogs to interact again for another brief period of time.
On leash introductions can be tricky because often one owner “initiates” the meet and greet (without permission) by allowing their dog to drag them towards you while yelling “don’t worry, he’s friendly.”
What can you do if you find yourself in a situation where an on-leash introduction is unavoidable?
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