So here we are in NY. Lenny and Tayda had met the dog downstairs (old lab) which was uneventful. Then we were out there again tonight and the owners let the new puppy out (also lab) and it was jumping up and down trying to play. Now, it was dark out, and I don't think Lenny really got a very good look at the puppy before it was up in his face trying to play. But all of a sudden, Lenny grabbed the puppy by the nape of the neck and pulled him. the puppy started whining and Lenny let go and the puppy ran away. Ugh… After the puppy ran away, Lenny didn't pursue him, and for the following 5 minutes, the puppy steered clear of Lenny and I was holding Lenny by his collar and when the puppy walked past, I let Lenny have enough slack to approach the puppy from behind and smell him. There wasn't a lot of interaction beyond this until we all went inside, but now I'm worried about Lenny and these other dogs.... any hints?
He was doing SO well with other dogs at the dog park and such... I thought just letting him approach dogs on his own was working. But in this case, the puppy kind of caught him by surprise and I guess he didn't like it.