What’s the Beef?

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…


  1. lexitheschnauzer · November 3, 2015

    Meeting on neutral territory is always best, but as you say, she already knew these dogs. Sounds like she was either establishing dominance or just not wanting bothered. I would watch to see if it happens again, perhaps with the dogs out of their kennels but leashed so they can’t overwhelm her. Or even meet up in the yard and come in together.
    As a side, establishing dominance is only bad if someone gets hurt in the process. My schnauzers have always said to all dogs coming in their home, “Hey, I’m in charge, got that?” Hope of help.

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    • Saving Sammie · November 3, 2015

      Thank you! She’s been snippy before, but that was at the end of a long romp and we think she was telling them she was tired and didn’t want to play anymore. This time? We have no clue! We’ll try some of your suggestions next time.

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  2. carolynswriting · November 3, 2015

    I agree with Lexi’s comment (or Lexi’s human!). The age difference & her being tired perhaps? And not to worry you, but perhaps she wasn’t feeling too good (tummy ache? sore leg?) – our Tillie’s patience runs out very quickly when she’s feeling her arthritis (but she’s 12 & a very large dog). Hope next time is easier for you all 🙂

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  3. curleykat · November 4, 2015

    One other suggestion – you might ask your friends to walk the pups before your arrival to burn off some of that puppy energy. Sammie is a beauty.

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  4. Foxy · November 9, 2015

    Your dog is big, but my 12 year old Foxy takes issue with puppies larger than he is who want to put their paws on him. I think you need to protect Sammie’s space (maybe by leashing the other dogs) until you see if they will all settle down.


    • Saving Sammie · November 9, 2015

      I think you’re right. She was definitely more settled when the other dogs were leashed and in different corners of the room – she then had that space she wanted/needed!


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