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Dogs are always communicating with us, even when we don't realize it. Their common communication skills aren't always verbal but subtlely physical.

Direct eye contact in doggy lingo means confrontation & you're challenging them - that goes for ANY dog but each reacts differently. Dogs don't like it & ppl should know better not to do it with ANY unfamiliar dog - but ppl are ignorant & they do... (What a person does with their own dog on the other hand is their business)

Most ppl don't know this & I'll let them know if they're being confrontational. If you happen to make eye contact with a dog, blink profusely & purposefully look away, this is a sign of mutual respect. If a dog purposefully yawns - it means they're stressing out & should be removed from the situation.

If I approach a person with a dog on a walk. I NEVER approach or look at the dog, I approach the person & let the dog check me out if it wants.

Here's a book I recommend if you so choose:
Amazon.com: Dog Behavior: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet (0021898052360): Ian Dunbar: Books
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