Saturday night, I took Sammie with me over to the house of some of our best friends. She’s been there many times, and has enjoyed playing with both of their dogs – both at their house and at the dog park.
When we got to the house, the dogs were in their kennel, so Sammie had the run of the place for 5-10 minutes. Once she got settled it, the other pooches were released. They came RUNNING up to Sammie, who got a little snippy with them – just enough to tell them to give her space. They didn’t. Both of them are still under a year old and learning their manners. So we separated all of them and let Sammie approach when she was comfortable. She sniffed them, but still didn’t want anything to do with them when they returned the interest. When they approached, she still grumbled at them to back off.
Since their dogs were still super energetic and Sammie wasn’t in the mood for that, their dogs were kenneled and Sammie stayed out with us the rest of the time. And she was great!
So, what’s the beef? Why did she get so upset with their dogs, who she’s known for MONTHS – pretty much since they were adopted? And what could we have done to ease the situation? Should the dogs have already been out when we got there, so she knew it was THEIR house, not hers? Should we have taken Sammie outside and let the other pooches meet her out there before everyone came inside again?
So many questions, and it worries me about what might happen if we brought another dog into OUR house. I could really use your help on this one, guys…