03-02-2015, 06:31 PM
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Lower Mainland, BC, Canada
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Roo doesn't feel guilty, dogs don't know what guilt is. She might be responding to your tone of voice, without any idea of what you might be upset about, and offering appeasement signals - which most people interpret as guilt. From her canine perspective, she has every right to ignore the puppy and warn him away; if you try to force the relationship, you'll only confuse her and make the situation more difficult for both of them. That she hasn't actually bitten him is definitely a good sign.
I got 5-month-old Boone when Tara was about two years old and she was NOT impressed, though he longed to play with her and make friends. It took two years for Tara to finally decide that she would play with Boone; by that time, he'd pretty much lost interest. But they rarely have conflict, they do a lot of ignoring of each other. Doesn't mean they don't like each other though: they prefer walks when we all go, instead of being separated. They've also demonstrated an unfortunate tendency to back each other up when other dogs might be infringing on their territory. And in the last few months, they've actually developed enough of a relationship to play together. So my advice, like everyone else's, don't force it.