Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not react well to grabbing, aggressive petting or squealing-- especially if they don't know you. (And nor do their owners.)
We know that everyone gets excited about spotting a Barkista, especially in NYC where they're ever so chic, but would you run up to a celebrity screaming and flailing your arms?
No, you'd want to appear relaxed and nonchalant. Right?
On that note, here are some great tips for approaching dogs like a pro from Howdini and Tracie Hotchner, author of The Dog Bible. Follow this advice and strangers and their dogs will thank you. Really.