Dating with dogs

20-Jun-2015 21:58

Unfortunately, I couldn’t take Molly’s goodwill for granted.

She’d not always seemed very happy sharing me with gentlemen friends — and at times, she would express that apparent unhappiness by unleashing torrents of high-decibel barking.

In such cases, Williams suggests having your visitor enter your home while your dog is in another room, in his crate — if he’s crate trained — or in a gated area away from your front door. Dogs who are anxious about new visitors may respond to diversionary tactics that help them forget their anxiety.

“Have the visitor drop treats around the dog to distract him,” Williams says.

In fact, in a Knoxville New-Sentinel survey 58 percent of men said that a puppy is a fool-proof chick magnet.

Dating coach Melissa Smith seems to have caught on to this and organizes "Singles, Pets & The Park" events at Dogwood Park in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Such barking would escalate to sound barrier-breaking levels if any of my guy friends tried to embrace me.

I wanted Molly to react differently to Stan, but I wasn’t sure how to bring about that outcome.

As we all got to know each other, we ended up spending lots of time at his place (score for getting off Molly’s and my home turf).

The dog will decide when he’s ready to be friends.” Be patient.

Some dogs need time before they’ll allow themselves to make a new human friend.

All you have to do is let your friendly pooch nose up to the good looking girl or guy sitting on a park bench, smile and say, "Look at that, Fido likes you." Now you can introduce your dog and start talking.

All the awkwardness of introduction is instantly swept away.

As we all got to know each other, we ended up spending lots of time at his place (score for getting off Molly’s and my home turf).

The dog will decide when he’s ready to be friends.” Be patient.

Some dogs need time before they’ll allow themselves to make a new human friend.

All you have to do is let your friendly pooch nose up to the good looking girl or guy sitting on a park bench, smile and say, "Look at that, Fido likes you." Now you can introduce your dog and start talking.

All the awkwardness of introduction is instantly swept away.

“It can take months for a dog to get used to a new person,” Williams says.