Etiquette when meeting a dog

I was walking down the street the other day when this man came up and just started playing/petting my boy William. Now don’t get me wrong, I love dogs, but I am shocked how people don’t respect the rule of asking for permission before interacting with someone else’s dog. My fear, and not so much for William because of his sweet disposition, is what if the person reached down without asking and the dog bit him or her. Would that be the dog’s fault or the person who did not ask permission? Furthermore, could the dog/owner be legally responsible?

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roundabout

In Dogs

Reply To: Doglover81

If that happend to me I would politly corect him/her reminding them to ask first. I think it is sad that so many dogs are put to sleep because the persons fault.

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chipperdogSF

In Dogs

Reply To: Doglover81

It seems to me that if you dog is a danger to people, than the owner needs to keep him or her on tight leash.  If a person come up to pet a dog that may bite, its completely their responsibility to know the dog, and prevent it from hurting anyone.  It may not be the dog's fault due to a previous expireince, but it is the owners fault if the dog bites a person.  I think pet owners need to realize its their responsibility to handle the dog correctly, which starts by understanding/knowing how their dog is going to react when people try pet him or her.

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