Our next door neighbour (on small acreage) has had a female GSD pup since February.
She broke her ankle badly while playing with pup and is just now able to go out dog
Today she brought pup over for a first visit and as she started down our track I quietly
took Miss Ginny inside and gave her a bone. I knew she would cause a ruckus and get
Snoopy hyped and I did not want the young GSD (9 mth old) to be frightened.
Here is what went down
Lady and pup on lead walked down our track - Snoopy sat back quietly
I came up to the fence to talk - Snoopy barked and bowed to pup
Pup put nose in to lick Snoopy. she is a very calm and lovely girl
Snoopy started shouting at poor pup and I tried to calm him but no luck
Hugged him, security, I will protect you, I am your Fearless Leader etc
Neighbour said "what if I come in and pat Snoopy, that is what he wants"
Ok, come around into a little entry yard with a gate
Snoopy calmed a bit then as he could lick the lady (he has always loved her)
Pup checking out the cat, butcher birds etc not fazed about Snoopy
Snoopy calmer but still being stupid jumping etc-I tried to quietly reason with him
"she's a good puppy, can she come and play with Snoopy?"
Nearly worked ! massive tail wagging puppy dance then
-OMG there's a strange DOG here I have to bark at her!
In spite of all this the neighbour was still considering bringing her dog in for a play,
as she has known Snoopy for most of his life and does trust him.
I said hmmm, not today but we will work on it, try again on the weekend because
I have to consult with DOGFORUM and get some advice.
Before they set off for home I put Snoopy on leash as I did not want him to fence run
or attempt to "chase them away". I said we are going upstairs, ok, so we watched them
go from the verandah and he sat quietly beside me.
So, it was a debacle _ can anyone help with what to do next time?
It has been a year since we had foster dogs coming and going so he is not used to new dogs
on his property.
They just turned up - we did not know they were coming