Yay or Nay? IPO Puppy Playing With Older Dog
I'm of two minds on this myself. Raff is twelve weeks now and doing very well in his IPO training. We also have our adopted eight year old SL girl, Lexi. She pretends to be dog aggressive. She barks and lunges at other dogs from a distance, but she's full of hot air.
Thus far, we've kept them separated and they were only talking through their crates. Not a single sign of aggression from Lexi, only mild interest. Of course, the puppy is interested in her.
I decided yesterday that they needed to meet before Raff's puppy license expired, in case an emergency came up and they had to be together. It was a rousing success. The instantly started playing. No sniffing, no posturing, just wild play. It was really nice to see my eight year old playing like that. She's a bit rough, but Raff seemed to love it that way. It was a Herculean effort to get Raff away from Lexi.
The question: should Raff be able to play with Lexi on a regular basis? I know all the traditional arguments against it, drive through confinement, needs to look to only me for fun, etc. I'm talking about short supervised play sessions, not running together all day.