“Can I pet your dog?” If someone says this to you, they are asking if they can touch (pet) your dog. If your dog is good with strangers, it’s nice to be friendly and say “yes”. If your dog might be uncomfortable with a stranger, you can politely say “no”, and then let the person know why.
It’s a good idea for you to ask this, before you pet someone else’s dog.
Dogs make it easier to have a short conversation with someone also out walking. In addition to “Can I pet your dog?”, you could start with something like “That’s a beautiful dog. What kind is he (she)?”, or “It’s a great day for a walk, isn’t it?”
Do you know this great place to take your dog to play? Eagle Pond at Callahan State Park in North Framingham.