First, you must use your eyes to look at the dog and to see how they are feeling and acting.
Then, you use your mouth to ask your parents and the owner if you can pet the dog.
Finally, you make your hand into a fist and have the dog smell you to determine if the dog wants you to pet them. You will know it is OK because the dog will lick your hand and use their head to push your hand while you pet them.
Also, the Veterinarian Technician taught us how to be safe around a stray or lost dog that may be wandering through your neighborhood.
If there is a stray dog where you are walking or playing, you should not call it over or make eye contact. If the dog comes near you, stand still with arms at your side and your hands crossed in front of you while looking down at your feet.