Nice to Meet You!

Greeting someone comes in many forms. With dogs, it is usually formatted in one of several manners. Are there similarities in the ways that we humans greet and interact with others? If so, what is the reasoning behind those similarities? Which methods do we dislike? Which ones are we attracted to?  Let us investigate a few classifications of dogs to reflect upon how we and those around us interact on a daily basis. Classifications are not set with lines of stone and can cross into other areas. For example, one might be an extreme barker and a beggar.  This is just for fun and not for any type of diagnoses.

The extreme barker – This dog greets you with a bark every time. They bark and bark seemingly unable to stop doing so. At times the bark is loud and aggressive, other times it is high pitched and almost whiny. Barking seems to be their second nature and even when asked to stop they are like the Energizer bunny and just keep on going and going. Barking is their main way to communicate. Brash, forward, and repetitive this dog will scare away the timid of heart and yet control others by their lude, incessant ranting. Mostly negative this type of dog cannot always see that they are upsetting others and will ramble on for quite some time. Some who encounter a barker are patient and wait for this type of canine to calm down. Others are turned off by the sheer volume of the noise and leave the area.  Extreme barkers are not good at making or keeping friends.  They scare most off.

The beggar – This dog is more laid back and might wait until you come into their territory to greet you. Then they will sit at your feet and beg for what they want.  If you are eating you may get to witness a little drool running down the side of their mouth as their big eyes seem to stare into your soul hoping you will give in to their plight. If you do, be ready for more begging as you have just become a target for their getting desired wants and needs. Beggars are good at reading people. They know who has that soft spot and will approach them first.  They also have good memories and will not usually forget who has helped them in the past to meet their needs. Those who have given in before will probably give in again. If you do not want to be target of a beggar you will need to set boundaries.  Beggars can be ones that we grow angry with over time.  Those who they go to often for their desires to be met grow weary and begin to resent them.  Blame can be placed onto them although, in fact, they have done nothing but get their needs met by someone who they taught to do so. It isn’t their fault in their eyes.  You were the one who played the game and thus will be asked to play again and again even when you try to stop. Beggars are not dumb and they are good at playing the game. Let them win once and you will become a provider in their eyes forever.

The hider-  This dog is more catlike and will run and hide under a bed or another safe place away from the noise and hub bub. More private and attached to their owners they do not trust newbies to their area. Getting to know you may take time. Opening up and sharing their lives by being near you or playing ball make time to develop.  That give and take may take time. Trust may be an issue with this type of dog.  Past abuse or other elements may be there, unhealed. They too have a keen sense but it is possibly tainted from things in the past.  A new twisted version of the truth prevails as they see the world through new eyes. This is the dog at the pound that hides in the corner and may even tremble when you approach. With love, patience, and understanding the hider dog may make an excellent companion for those in the immediate family. Others, not so much.


The jumper – This type of dog greets you by jumping up on you with their grandeur of excitement. They do not calm down for a while and usually don’t get down off of the person they are greeting unless ordered to do so. They then continue to attempt to get your attention by constantly running at you and wagging their tail hoping for attention. They may even jump onto your lap when you sit down and begin kissing you all over your face.  Aggressive in nature they can aggravate some.  Usually after a while, this type of dog will calm down if mature enough to do so. When they do, it’s only until you move and they will decide to possibly jump again. 

This list above is no where near complete. Would you like to add to the list?  Have some fun and create a new category with a descriptor.