So Banjo finally got to meet my friends 6mo Dane pup and it wasn't a success.
We met on neutral territory and they seemed fine at first, though I could tell Banjo seemed slightly intimidated by the pup's size, which is normal behaviour for her.
Then she growled at him and he walked away. Next she tried to have a go at him. Nor visciously, but she did definitely try to nip him without being provoked. Which is very unusual behaviour for her. In fact, it was a first. I've seen her tell other dogs of if they're to rough when they're playing. But she normally just walks away from dogs she doesn't trust or like.
Strangely enough, my friend reported that another friend's dog, who normally likes all dogs, had a go at her pup out of the blue too. The pup is friendly and I didn't notice any weird body language. Could it be simply because of his size that normally sociable dogs dislike and attack him??
Anywho. I put Banjo on the lead (I know I should have done that from the start) and just praised her for being near him, but she kept snarling at him when he got close.
We went for a drink without the pup and then walked them both around the backyard on lead before I left. When he came out Banjo displayed playful behaviour, but she quickly went to lifting her lip at him again.
Do you think I'm on the right track by just walking them together on lead? Is there anything else I can do?
I felt so bad about this happening. It's so out of character so I have no idea what might have happened if we hadn't interfered. And the pup is so lovely.