Published: Jul 08, 2014 9:55 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 08, 2014 10:26 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - It's Tuesday and that means it's time for our pet connection segment.  Dr. Whitney Whitford from the Animal Medical Center of Lehigh Acres stopped by WINK News This Morning to talk about pet health and adoption.

Dr. Whitfords talks to us this morning about the importance of W.A.I.T.ing when meeting a dog new to you.

W.ait to see if the dog is with is owner and seems friendly

A. sk the owner for permission to pet the dog, If the owner says no, Don't pet the dog

I. nvite the dog to sniff you and approach the dog in a calm gentle manner

T. ouch the dog gently. Avoid touching the head and tail area