We are dog sitting Carter (8 month black male and still full of puppy play) for a week. Individually, he is very friendly and well-behaved.
Our 15 month old YL female, Ellie (individually, also friendly and well-behaved), doesn't seem to be tolerating our new guest very well (growling and running away whenever the puppy wants to play). Unfortunately, the 8 month old is 50% bigger than our girl.
Both dogs have been well socialized and get along with other dogs outside the home. This is the first time they've been in the same house together.
Any tips on reducing the friction?
thanks in advance
Dominic & Ellie<br /><br />
If Ellie doesn't want to play, you can't change that. Give Carter something else to do - play fetch, tug of war, take him for a run on his own. If he continues to bug Ellie, tether him and give him a stuffed kong or a chewie.
Can you keep them separate with baby gates?
I have no experience with this, but one idea did pop in my head...
Could you take both dogs to a neutral site, and re-introduce them there? If you remove any "territorial" issues from the equation, could they become friendly toward each other -- and THEN try bringing them back home?