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INTRODUCING RILEY TO THOR
I like to take my time with stuff like this. Riley of course got a whiff of Thor from my clothes and vice versa. I thought it would be good for the dogs to be familiar with each others scent. This was done over a period of a few weeks. I then had both dogs, seperated, in the same house for short periods---two gates with a "No-Man's Land" in between. This was done for a couple sessions. Then both dogs were walked together on opposite sides of the street. Thor showed interest in Riley but I kept a close watch for body language. Thor's body language was very good. We then had both dogs on leash, across the room. We put them on a sit stay and then released them. They met and had some brief play.
I need to mention that I don't take Thor to dog parks and I have not let him play with dogs, only his mother. Riley has played with other dogs. It was interesting to watch Riley try to play while Thor only gave brief periods of play. Thor has since played more with Riley. It seems that they needed to learn each other. Very interesting to me.