This canine chiaroscuro may cast some light.
When visiting In Western household ;
On the threshold of The Round Eye house your first intimacy will be with all the dogs living in that house. Here is the courtesy required;
Lavish snorting, leaping and nuzzling accompanied by yelps of astonishment and delight are an indication that the meeting will proceed propitiously.
It is required of all guests to show respect to the threshold of the house by complimenting and holding forth with pleasant small talk acknowledging that the Dog is a fully anthropomorhised member of the household.
The dog has free reign to respond as it sees fit.
Typical verbal intercourse:
" Well he had never shown signs of scrotum ripping before. It must have been that he had had something done to him to STARTLE him".
Rules of Etiquitte;
*English verbs must always be invoked in the passive voice here.
*Mention of any bite or scratch injuries at this juncture are an absolute taboo. Any emergency medical assistance must be summoned in a way that the host can credibly disavow its occurrence.
* Allowing blood droplets to make themselves apparent on the threshold tiles must be whiped up by the guest and the Host will modestly affect a distraction. Even spurting exanguniation from severed femoral arteries needn't be an impediment to that all important first visit to the home of a Round Eye.
"Oh and welcome to my home. The parlor is this way."
Congratulations ! You have been accepted in this cultural interchange. .
But back to Vietnam.
Though I present this creature as "The most appalling dog in Hoi An this dog is far less appalling than any of his Australian counterparts. It Leaps not, nor does it snap and bite. Perhaps not so appalling after all ...
Well I cannot help but that every dog in Vietnam "gets the drift" ... nip a flank ... yap insanely .. any such gamesome folderol ; straight back into the carbon cycle - lickety split, the wheel of existence? " Gid eere!"