Last night we had some friends over for dinner and they brought their 2 sheppard mix pups over to visit with ours. The girl, Nola, is 7 months and the boy, Rudy, is about 6 months. Both puppy are very well behaved and very loveable. The boy actually acts like a cav. He wants to crawl in your lap and love on you. . . very sweet dogs.
Riley had a FIT! She usually barks when anyone comes in the house, but she gets over it after a few minutes. My husbands brother brings his Beagle over occasionally and Riley will bark at Pepper for a bit and then she is fine. She barked the entire time they were here and mad noises which we had not heard yet. Here sweet little eyes were bulging and her ears back and it just broke my heart. We tried introducing them slowly, separating them, everything, but she was so upset and stressed.
The guest dogs never showed any aggression, or even wanted much to do with her (they found the toy box and were in heaven). We have never seen her have this kind of reaction that lasted all night. And our friends want us to join them on a trip to the park with all the pups, but I am worried that Riley will flip out and drive us all nuts and make herself sick.
What can we do to calm her around certain dogs? Is she just "protecting" her home, or is this just really bad behavior? She is 11 months old, so will she grow out of this? Fletcher, our 3 month old had a wonderful time with the pups. He was right in the middle of them the whole night! I thought we had done a good job of "socializing" her. Before she got too big to tote, I took her everywhere and introduced her to other dogs. Thanks guys!