Meeting a dog you don't know

Many dogs will be friendly towards people they don't know, and won't show any signs of aggression when approached, but there may be some who will behave aggressively if someone approaches too closely. Here's more on what to do when you meet a dog you don't know.

Why can dogs be aggressive?

When dogs are aggressive, it's almost always because they think that they're under some form of threat. For example, the threat could be to their personal safety, to take away something or someone they value highly, or they may feel their territory is threatened. 
Being able to recognise the signs of aggression, and knowing how to behave around dogs that show these signs, can help you make them feel less threatened and reduce the chance of them being aggressive towards you.

To find out more, have a read of our canine aggression FAQs and see our leaflet on what to do when you meet an unfamiliar dog.

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