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Looking for Opinions - Doggie Playdates?
Before I ask my question here is some background: Boogie tends to be dog-reactive especially on leash. He has been doing much better (probably about a 40% improvement) through a combination of clicker training and daycare, but I don't think he will ever be the type of dog to want to be BFFs with every dog he sees. I am OK with that, I just expect him to be civil when we are around other dogs.
My siblings-in law (there are two of them) both have dogs, one has a large dog and one a small dog. They are constantly asking us to bring Boogie with us when we come visit. I have done this a few times, and Boogie gets very reactive. We have to keep the other dogs out of his sight or he will bark at them the second he hears or sees them.
So here is my question: Is it reasonable to expect that at some point, Boogie should be able to visit other houses with dogs in them without reacting? Or is this a case where humans expect their dogs to be like people, thinking they will love "play dates" the way children would? Do any of you take your dogs to other people's homes who have dogs? Did your dogs take some time to adjust or did they run off and play with the other dogs right away?
My instinct tells me that forcing a dog into another dog's territory puts them in an uncomfortable situation, and I don't want to see Boogie lose any of the progress he has made.