It turns out we’ve been approaching new dogs the wrong way for…well, forever.

If you’ve ever greeted a pup only to be met with a growl or even a bite, I hate to break it to you…it’s not them, it’s you. You consider, most people have no clue how to fulfill a new dog — even as a dog owned myself, I didn’t know a few of these don’ts.

So in an effort to educate us all, puppy illustrator and lover Lili Chin put together a handy little cheat sheet. If there’s one thing you should walk away knowing it’s to never, ever, run up to a puppy squealing and start kissing them on their snout. Even a dog has a personal bubble, people!

Here’s the incorrect — and right — way to gratify a new dog.

Did you know not to hold your hand out? I always do that! But not anymore. Hopefully we can all be a little more respectful of pooches from now on.

If you’d like to check out more of Chin’s work, visit her website or Facebook page.

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