Dog playdate

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ven if the dogs seem comfortable with each other, remove any objects your dog might guard, such as toys, chews or food bowls, before you bring them into the home.


Watch for any signs of tension, such as body stiffness or posturing between the dogs, and praise calm, relaxed and confident interaction. If you can start in the yard where there is more space and then come into the house, this will help your dog relax more and accept the new dog on her territory.

Don’t forget that although we want our dogs to be friendly with every dog they meet in and out of the home, this is often unrealistic. We have the freedom to choose who we want to hang out with and who we want to avoid, but our dogs often don’t, and it can be threatening and uncomfortable for some dogs to have their personal space invaded by a stranger.

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