However, this little guy loves to stop and sniff other dogs of an acceptable type judged almost entirely on being of similar size and unknown pedigree.
It is not uncommon on a 30 minute walk to stop to chat with 2-3 other dog owners, or just random dog lovers.
Not going to lie, I am a tad awkward when it comes to meeting new people. Small talk is just not an art I’ve mastered. So I find it pretty funny to randomly stop to chat with someone about our dogs. You almost always start with a compliment about the other dog, then questions of age and background. That or I just stand silently at a distance and smile approvingly as the dogs play.
I like to imagine people interactions occurring in a similar way, and I guess they do in some regards.
While it doesn’t really matter if I am awkward, the dogs seem to understand the proper etiquette of sniffs and circles. I’ll probably have to work on this art of socialization for when/if we have kids, as their social world seems more highly dependent on parental involvement. Or maybe that is just the stuff of tv and movies.