How To Approach
An open hand, palm up, no sudden moves,
Show no fear,
Eyes cast down, head bowed and a gentle aspect
Disarming initial fears with a universal gesture
That says “I am no threat”.
A hushed and gentle voice
Offering low and calming assurances
Conveying intention by tone alone.
Always alert for signs of mistrust,
Signs that mark aggression.
Watch especially the ears and tail.
Approach with utmost caution
In slow and measured steps.
Allow for retreat, a graceful exit.
Never assume this will work
In all cases.