10 Signs The Other Person’s Just Not That Into You (or Your Dog)
It’s Dog Bite Prevention Week again and lots of good lessons about understanding dog body language are being shared. We all need to learn dog body language. Life would be grand if everyone understood and respected what dogs are trying to tell us.
But have you noticed that some humans pretty much stink at understanding human body language…or even spoken language (aka “language-language”)? Maybe we’re expecting a lot of those folks to ask that they become fluent in dog body language. For them, we might need to start with some same-species tips. This one is for them:
Hello humans. Many of you love meeting new dogs and people while you’re out walking the dog. That’s neat!
But here’s the thing: some people just aren’t that into meeting you or your dog. It really doesn’t have anything to do with you. You’re awesome. It’s just that some of us prefer solo time when we’re out walking. Not every dog can socialize on walks. Some dogs need a little space to stay safe and healthy and don’t want to be approached.
In other words: there are people who don’t want to say hi, even if you and your dogs are super friendly.
But how will you know who’s down for a jam session with you and your pup? All you have to do is pay attention to the person holding the leash. They’ll let you know.
Here are 10 clues that the other person’s just not that into you or your dog:
Clue #1: A furrowed brow (also known as the “11”) in between the eyebrows. This indicates annoyance. Or that your brights are on.
Bonus Clue: There are some people who can’t warn you off this way because of Botox. Tricky, right?
Clue #2: Eyes that are wide open are a sign of fear or shock. The only time a person is shocked in a good way is when they find money. Are you a bag o’ cash? Then keep on going.
Also, notice the open mouth.
Are words coming out? If so, listen to them. They may be saying something important such as, “Please stop. My dog needs space.”
Clue #3: If you heard words, but are still not sure what they mean, look at their face again. People who are horrified that you’re not listening to them may look like they accidentally got wet cat litter in their mouths.
If you think this expression means, “Let’s get a man-pedi on Friday after work!” you are mistaken.
Clue #4: Nope. Still not psyched to see you and your dog.
Clue #5: Words spoken at a normal volume are often misinterpreted. Is that other person making a joke? Is it Opposite Day? No.
If ignored, many humans will shout. Do you see the fillings in their back molars? This is a sign to retreat. You may compliment them on their dental work, but only from a distance.
Clue #6: Still not sure if they want to hang out or not? That’s when a good detective of human body language looks at the person’s hands.
When a person’s requests are ignored and they feel trapped, some humans may go nuts and start to pull out their hair. Or punch you in the crotch.
Clue #7: Wait, there’s more! Keep looking at their hands. Do you see a palm? If the other person raises their hands, showing a flat open palm, it means “Stop!”
It does not mean “How long is my life line?”
Clue #8: Finally, if you’re looking at the back of a person they are now ignoring you. They can still hear you. They aren’t turning around because they don’t wanna.
If you see a person’s back while they are running away, do not follow them no matter how friendly you and your dog may be.
Accept that this fleeing human is not your new BFF.
Clue #9: Let’s put it all together now. This person’s body language says, “Leave me and my dog alone!”
Or possibly, “Do you know who got eliminated on The Voice last night? I’m rooting for Team Shakira!”
Clue #10: Don’t worry nice folks with dogs! There are plenty of people that want to hang with you and your dogs. Like these dudes. This is the loose body language of people who want you to know that they give out free hugs. So bring it on in, nice and close. These are your people.
Want some real thoughts on how to prevent dog bites and make our communities safe and enjoyable for everyone? Check out my real PSA: Ask First! and learn more about how being respectful and responsible is super cool. Really, all the cool kids are being polite these days.
p.s. If you’d like a little help telling the world that your dog needs space, there are all kinds of nifty items to check out here.