One thing I really appreciate about Bowpi is how completely stress-free she is (for me) when socializing with other dogs. I have never worried that she will react inappropriately, violate anyone’s personal boundaries, or start something she can’t handle.
She has a knack for putting most other dogs at ease, and charming and engaging playful ones.
She plays best with dogs that are a similar size.
And while she will play with larger dogs, they tend to overwhelm her fairly easily.
I have noticed in recent months — and been able to capture on camera — that she does know how to assert herself, at least with non-Basenjis. If bigger dogs rush her or come on too strong, she will make faces or bat them off.
Just the lightest, quickest curl of the lip is usually enough to stop onrushing young dogs with too much playful energy, like the long-haired German Shepherd below.
I think she only pulls these faces when the other dog isn’t actually aggressive, just too exuberant for her preference. When she’s truly scared, she’s usually a lot more stiff, in contrast to the loose, playful bats she offers this young pup who was getting a little too mouthy for her liking.