Should you stare at a dog? Staring at a dog won’t teach him you’re dominant; he’ll just think you’re being rude. While 90% of dogs will disengage from a person staring—they don’t want trouble—the other 10% will likely engage. Remember, dogs don’t need to be dominated. Dogs need someone to positively teach them polite manners instead.
Why does my dog stare at me without blinking? Hard eye contact is a sign of aggression in dogs. Dogs lock eyes with one another to establish dominance or to show aggression. If a dog gives a person a hard, steady stare without blinking, the dog might be warning the human to back off.
Why does my dog stare at me then look? Signaling Friendly Intentions
Conclusion: If your dog is approached by another dog and they both look away in a relaxed manner, they mean “I am no threat” and the look away signal can be used as an invitation to come into their personal space to play.
Why you shouldn’t look a dog in the eyes? In their wolf ancestors, staring is considered threatening and rude. Some dogs still retain that attitude. That’s why you should never stare down strange dogs or hold dogs still to stare into their eyes. If a dog gives you a hard stare, with unblinking eyes and a stiff posture, back away and don’t make eye contact.