We had a new experience last weekend: we drove to central Finland to visit my parents. The adventure for Una was my sister’s Standard Schnauzer, called Naava, she met. See Naava’s blog (Naava-snautserin elämää), a link can be found on the side bar on the right.
Una was scared and suspicious at first, and growled with her tail between her legs when Naava tried to approach. Naava likes to play with other dogs A LOT, and is very persistent in her attempts to engage the other dog in some nice running and wrestling. Naava is also very even-tempered, never aggressive, and respects other dogs if they tell her off. Which was exactly what Una did…
Inside the house we kept the dogs separate at first, since Naava has never had another dog in my parents’ house and thinks of it as her territory. We didn’t want to risk a fight in a place both dogs will often visit at the same time.
We let the dogs run free in the back yard on the second day. Well, Una was just sitting or walking slowly with her sore paw, and Naava was running, barking, and giving as many play poses as she could manage in between! Una seemed to be very annoyed by this pestering little dog. Until Naava’s tireless, good-natured invites to play worked: Una suddenly showed a happy face and gave a play bow herself! I was so happy to see that! Her sore paw prevented her from running a lot, but she did manage a few short chases after the escaping Naava, and even turned to be chased herself once :o) She clearly wanted to run but the paw hurt too much and she mostly lay down, turning and giving play poses while Naava run round and round around her. It is good that Una regulates the use of the sore paw very well, and doesn’t get too excited to forget it and overdo things.
After this, we allowed the dogs to be in the same room in the house. Naava tried to play even there, and we decided to let Una tell her off since we had seen that Naava was not possessive over “her” house. Una gave very sensible and logical expressions when she told Naava to get lost. First she curled her lip, showing teeth, then growled and, if Naava didn’t back off (this happened once), she snarled and made a 30 cm lunge towards Naava. This worked, and Naava retreated under the kitchen table, looking deeply hurt, and gave up her pestering. Everything was easy after this: Naava respected Una’s privacy and she didn’t have to be worried over a dog approaching her all the time against her will.