are some dogs just not meant to be friends with other dogs?
so my dog has been having playdates on and off for the past several months with a neighborhood dog. it's unclear as to exactly what type of dog she is, as she was a rescue. she's about 60 lbs. sometimes they play very nicely, but other times not so much. chobahn is, what i believe, a dominant dog. i'm unsure if he is crossing the line sometimes, if he's not that dog friendly afterall, or if we have in some way failed him. this dog will sometimes lay down when chobahn is trying to play with her and he will proceed to try and play but he becomes very vocal and growly and will bite on her neck. she just lays there and he won't let her up. he will back off if i yell "hey" very loudly, but i'm just wondering if his vocalizations are being confused with aggression or that's just how he plays. to me it seems that the play is one-sided...mostly that he wants to play with her and she's too busy sometimes digging or eating grass. when we used to take him to the dog park, he played with a doberman and they did all the body slamming, biting and growly type play. i guess i'm just wondering if it's the type of play he chooses to engage in that's the problem (like he's not reading social cues/this dog doesn't always want to play this way) or if he himself is the problem. also, i feel the need to separate them because i think the dog's owner gets a little scared when he starts making noise. lord knows i'm not perfect and neither is he. he needs to learn "leave it" a lot better when he's focused in on something, but i'm just curious about the situation. so after all this babbling...what do people think?
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"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience." -Woodrow Wilson