We are fortunate because all our collies are very social animals. They love to meet new people, and they love to meet new dogs. (Providing that the other dogs are not rude, and do not skip the customary butt sniff, and proceed to try and hump them...) In most cases the collies are very friendly towards newcomers, big and small. But our girl, Kori, has shown she possesses all the skills necessary to be considered a Collie ambassador!
When another dog is acting inappropriate or snarky, she immediately offers appeasement behaviors. Because she is so gentle, and because she tries so hard to make other dogs comfortable, she is well-liked by almost every dog she meets. Because of this, my daughter will occasionally take Kori with her to work. My daughter works at a boarding kennel that also offers Doggie daycare. And today, Kori was invited to accompany her to work, to hang out with her in the daycare. And as usual, Kori made friends!
But not all dogs are so outgoing and friendly. There is even a name for these dogs, they are called DINOS. Which stands for "dogs in need of space." There is a movement to identify these dogs with yellow ribbons. Have you heard of this, or have you seen a dog wearing a yellow ribbon? Owners of DINOS ask that you please refrain from approaching their dogs with yours. They also ask that you do not pet them or allow your children to pet these dogs without asking for permission. And please, do not assume that just because your dog is friendly that it will be ok to let him or her run up to strange dogs. Not all dogs are comfortable around other canines or their humans. They deserve to have their need for space respected. For more information, please check out this site: