I walk our dog Dabo several times a week around the neighborhoods of our community. Each time, we meet up with several other dogs being walked by their owners. Dabo is sociable. When he sees another dog up close he goes crazy, stands up on his hind legs, and wants to stop for a while and visit. I do too. I figure it's a good way to get to know my neighbors.
But no. Invariably, these owners pull their dogs close, keep their distance, and walk on past Dabo and me. In fact they hardly make eye contact with me or even say hello. Their priority seems to be to protect their precious dog from Dabo's germs and shenanigans.
Why is that? C'mon people. Relax already. Let your dog talk to Dabo.