Payton and I went to visit DD and my 2 month old grandson and took the dogs for hike on the trails. Payton absolutley LOVES DD's golden retriever, Scout. BFF BUT... we added 2 of my daughter's friend's Viszlas into the mix and Payton was not as happy. One of the Vislas, only 1 year old, would nip at Payton's butt and Payton would ruff up her fur and snarl at him. It's probably a well deserved snarl, but I don't like to see Payton, who can be "high strung", show aggression. This was not constant snarling, as they would run along the trail at high speed having a good time, too.
My question....should I just avoid letting Payton run with these 2 dogs on hikes to avoid the tense situation or are these demonstrations of snarls just part of determining the pecking order and I should chill out???
Anyway, here are some of pics from a fun day.
the dogs on the trail:
Lovely pictures. Looks like great fun for the dogs. Not sure about the snarling, but I'm sure someone else will provide some advice.
I would say ignore the snapping ! The other dogs NEED to be educated !
Obviously if this escalated to something else then you should avoid the situation that started it ! For the moment I say Chill !
Our friend's dog Ruger and my Willy do that sometimes, but I dogsit him and he is at our house alot, so they just have to get over it. I think it's pecking order and we pretty much ignore it. If it gets out of hand we yell at them to just stop it and they go their own way. What's funny is, if Libby is not involved in the mix, Willy will just follow Ruger around like his big brother, no problem. But if Libby is there Willy thinks he needs to protect her. I'd say chill for now.
Looks like a fun day! On the snarling, based on what you said, I think I would just be aware of it but I wouldn't be worried about. Sounds more like the pecking order, and a young dog needing to be taught proper doggie manners.