your 8 month old youngster is a bit too forward , brash for the sophisticated older Charlie dog. He needs to slow down . Go through the ritualistic greeting , where a body check can be done by both . First base , first ! .
Put them both on lead . Go for walk , two people , two dogs , each on left side , parallel . The dogs will be looking at each other , scoping it out . If Charlie selected your wife , then let your wife walk that dog - extra sense of security . You can walk the GSD and have him on his good manners. After a while when the body postures change to not being so upright , more relaxed , less shifty eye balling , stop , and face wife for a moment , but with distance , so that the dogs are looking at each other but no contact. Brief stop, the keep on moving . Do this a few times , arrange so that each dogs rear end is available to the other for a safe sniff , then move so that they are comfortable with each other sniffing ears and mouth . Don't position them head on nose to nose . Allow them room to avoid direct eye contact . Keep the young guy on his manners though.
He'll learn . After a while -- like the KD (Kraft Dinner ad says) "let your fun out !" will happen.
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