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Hi all, I’ve just moved into a flat with my Rottweiler cross and my flatmate has two crossbred dogs of a similar size and age. Me and my dog got here a few days before my flatmate and her dogs and everything has been going really well so far (it’s been 3 days) and everyone has been getting along well, lots of playing but also respecting each other when they walk away.
However, and this is where I need advice, my dog had been taking her toy rope out of her bed in my room into the lounge and playing around the other dogs with it and stupidly I didn’t remove her toy from the situation assuming that since she bought it into common areas she clearly didn’t mind the other dogs being near it, and all 3 played with it happily for a little while but suddenly my dog got possessive over it and had a bit of a go at one of my flatmates dogs who is a saint and barely reacted to mine. No one got injured and it was very clearly just an argument rather than an attack and both my flatmate and I are aware of that, so we just separated the dogs for a wee while and decided that absolutely no toys will be shared which in hindsight is probably a rule we should’ve initiated earlier.
My trouble is, is many hours after the incident, I let my dog out of my room to go outside etc. and I noticed that when she saw the dog that was involved in the incident her tail went up into a more aggressive position and her hair down her spine partially stood on end and she was walking very slowly and oddly which to the best of my knowledge this all links with aggressive behaviours so I just escorted her outside to the bathroom and back into my bedroom again but I’m wanting to know other peoples opinions on the best way to handle this situation? I had assumed that when we remove the toy from the situation and give them time apart to cool down that things would go back to normal but after just seeing her body language when letting her out again I’m a little apprehensive about whether or not things will go back to normal?
I’m just kind of left stumped about where to go from this situation and what I could/should do next to ensure things continue to run smoothly like they were prior
 

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First, its good that you recognised the triggers and the subsequent body language.

Whether they will be able to be relaxed in each other's company probably remains to be seen. Are they both female? I ask because girls tend to hold on to a grudge, where boys shrug it off more easily.

You might be able to smooth it out by walking them together on neutral territory. I'd suggest both on lead, with some space between them (either off to the side or with your dog behind so she can see the other dog). Gradually narrow the gap, but be very tuned into their body language. Any sign of tension (watch ears and eyes), widen the gap again.

And obviously don't leave them together unsupervised - I'm sure you wouldn't but it is worth mentioning.
 

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First, its good that you recognised the triggers and the subsequent body language.

Whether they will be able to be relaxed in each other's company probably remains to be seen. Are they both female? I ask because girls tend to hold on to a grudge, where boys shrug it off more easily.

You might be able to smooth it out by walking them together on neutral territory. I'd suggest both on lead, with some space between them (either off to the side or with your dog behind so she can see the other dog). Gradually narrow the gap, but be very tuned into their body language. Any sign of tension (watch ears and eyes), widen the gap again.

And obviously don't leave them together unsupervised - I'm sure you wouldn't but it is worth mentioning.
No, my dog is a female and the other dogs are both males but I definitely see what you mean about females holding more of a grudge, the dog involved is totally back to his normal self like nothing ever happened, and when I let my dog out again he was interested in her and where she’d been as if she’d just got back from a walk or something but she’s still quite sceptical of him.
Unfortunately my flatmates dog in question gets bad anxiety when out on a walk when other people or dogs are around that are not him and his owner, but there will always be at least someone in the house when the dogs are together; and I’m hoping that since I’m the one to start studying first that’ll help smooth things out since my dog can seem to get a bit protective over me while I am around so with me gone she usually settles down a lot more so I’m crossing my fingers and trying to remain calm and unstressed about the situation so I don’t accidentally pass that stress onto her. But yeah, we’re definitely not intending to leave them together unsupervised. Luckily my dog is quite lazy in nature so doesn’t mind being left in my room to sleep and chew her toys which makes things easier when it comes to separating them for a bit or leaving the house.
 
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