Like a Handshake, but with Noses and Butts

Busy, Hectic seasons mean little time to blog…. where did the inspiration go? Then today i found it. Doggy blogs!!! Yes that’s it.

Here’s another: http://www.pet360.com/dog/lifestyle/top-5-reasons-your-dog-is-your-best-dating-guide/mmDnIfeFWE-4THniXSepUA

Paws Abilities

In our society, a handshake is the standard greeting for meeting new people. We have a whole ritual that goes with it. First we verbally introduce ourselves, making eye contact and smiling, then we step towards the other person and grasp hands (usually right hands) for about two seconds with even pressure before disengaging and stepping back.

Dogs also have a standard greeting ritual, but as scent-oriented creatures their ritual varies slightly from ours. In a typical canine greeting the dogs will approach one another in an arc with loose bodies and a slight C-shaped curve to their spine. They will sniff each other’s noses, then sniff rear ends, and finally sniff noses again.

Greeting rituals are an important part of a functional society for both dogs and people. In both societies, our young need to be taught how to greet others appropriately. This is done through a combination of…

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