younggunz, I'm not saying the owners shouldn't have established dominance over their dog early on. I am suggesting that "locking eyes" will either work, or fail in a catastrophic way.
Normally, what's suggested is avoiding direct eye contact, while maintaining full height, and moving slowly away in an arcing path. Direct linear movement and staredowns are considered provocative. Getting shorter (squatting) is not recommended, as the height difference is a cue to the dog that you might be bigger than it should mess with.
OTOH, if I'm trying to get a shy dog to approach me, then squatting and looking slightly away from it, while holding my hand out and low, might work.
Last edited by MLeake; October 5, 2011 at 07:06 PM.