Sorry for the lengthy post!! I would really appreciate it if you read and gave some input or advice for me. Please??
My sister is visiting for thanksgiving. She brought along with her her adult chihuahua, Gracie. Desmond LOVES chihuahuas. A lot. Every time there's one at the DP he plays with them and just loves being around them. He's met Gracie before and she hated him last time they were around each other (July) but he really liked her. She growls and snarls and barks at him whenever he is near. Desmond is kind of dense though and doesn't get that she hates him. He gets really riled up when she does this and pounces everywhere trying to play... he tries desperately to smell her and play with her but she runs away and growls at him if he does.
I have him tethered to me at the moment (on a harness) but he lunges for her ALL the time. Really hard too, it's very unlike him. And when they're in another room and he knows they're there, he whines and sighs and tries to get at them... it's awful. He's so distracted and he hardly listens to me at all. He will listen if I tell him to sit or down, but if he's already excited he won't leave her be unless I physically pull him away. He's very determined to swarm her constantly. It's so stressful because we can't have the dogs together without Desmond constantly trying to get near Gracie, and we can't put the chi upstairs- Gracie has SA so she's constantly whining and freaking out if she isn't right with my sister... Desmond will bark and whine if I put him in my room because he knows she's downstairs... aughhh... I put him in his crate last night and Gracie would run by and bark and growl at him and get him really riled up for NO reason... My sister always says "Eh eh Grace!" and moves her away whenever she growls. She's trying to keep the peace as well, both of our dogs are acting up and nothing we do is helping much.
Any ideas for getting the two to settle down?! Both of them are terrorizing each other and it's really stressful for me and my sister and the dogs. She's going to be here until next Sunday and I really don't want to have to dealw with constantly dragging Desmond away from her all week.
The only thing that actually worked in keeping Desmond away from Gracie was the Everlasting Treat Ball (he went NUTS for that treat lol) but I got him one that was too small so he popped the treat out within seconds... gonna go return it for a bigger one today. We got Desmond another bone and a new toy (which he promptly ripped up) to distract him but he didn't show much interest in the bone. The Everlasting Treat was amazing though, it was peaceful for like 20 minutes but as soon as he ate the whole thing it was back to being hechtic.
I have a feeling if he could just sniff her for a minute or so, he would be able to calm down a lot, but I doubt Gracie would let him. :/ Once he sniffs a dog he can be like "Alright, mission complete" and wouldn't be so intensely trying to get at her.