“We’ve got to stop greeting like this.”
Anxious dogs show stress in greeting rituals. And size matters to dogs, they know when they’re out numbered or when a new dog towers over them. Little dogs often don’t have the proper language to handle dog parks.
For little dogs, a watchful eye and good socialization to other dogs, adds confidence.
Sydney has gained skills with each new outing. Here, he is meeting a new dog. This moment opened an afternoon of happy play.
If you want to learn more about helping small dogs learn social cues and stay safe at dog parks, read my post Wolfish or Puppyish? Dogs Speak on the difference in languages dogs speak.