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I have an issue, not sure if Im over thinking it. I just got a 9 week old Saint Bernese. My brother has a 8 month old Mini Golden Doodle. Both are male and the Golden Doodle has boundless energy (too much energy). I took my dog over to my brothers house and his dog was all over mine. Not in a mean way but it was so much so that my dog started growling and snapped once. I’ve been through this once before with another dog but that dog was much older when I got her. I plan on signing my dog up for socialization classes but I am afraid these two will never be friends. Quite frankly we need them to be. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Socialization is not just dog on dog interaction, it is exposure as a whole. Exposure to cars, people, bikes, traffic during walks, loud sounds, different walking surfaces, all kinds of commotion. Getting a dog with it NEEDING to be friends with another dog is not a great idea, some dogs just don't enjoy the company of other dogs and that's OK! Pushing your dogs into those situations where they feel bombarded will have quite the opposite effect and can create fear aggression.
Much of this is dependant on genetics, training is l vital but training can only work within the genetic confines.

Introductions to dogs and anything needs to be slow. When I got my Aussie puppy I did not introduce him to my Pit for several hours, and I was prepared to keep them separate for days even weeks had I not felt the time was right. They were allowed to sniff each other through a crate, after that it was very gradual with very short amounts of time together and a lot of correcting over stimulated behavior (from my Pit) and bringing her back to a calm state.
It sounds like your brothers dog is perhaps over stimulated and this needs to be corrected, it is not appropriate or mutual play. If his dog is not respecting the puppy's warning signs and telling him off then it is your brothers job to intervene.
 

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When you have a small puppy, you definitely want them to feel comfortable. It is totally normal for them to growl or snap when they're feeling overwhelmed and unsafe, but your goal is to try to avoid that happening. Step in and give the older dog a time out when you see your pup start to look uncomfortable (shrinking back, trying to get away, flattening ears, rolling on his back - all of these are clear 'stop this is too much' signs). Get the dogs used to each other through a barrier, like a baby gate. Avoid them fixating on each other by having each of you (the humans) playing with your respective dogs on either side of the barrier, so the dogs can see each other but they're more focused on the play. Give them calming activities in this setup like a nice chew to gnaw on or a stuffed food toy like the Kong Classic each so they become used to being calm in each other's presence. When your pup is a little older, walk them together so that they're used to being in a group but the environment is too interesting for them to hyperfixate on one another and get too amped up. At first you may have to walk far enough apart that they can't have physical contact while on leash.

The doodle is in a tough age where they're starting adolescence. A lot of dogs are A Lot during this time, and not very good at self-regulating excitement or manners. Set yourself up for success by making sure he's had exercise and mental stimulation that day before he interacts with your puppy, and keep their interactions short and try to end them before your pup gets overwhelmed.

There's some great socialization classes out there, but there's also ones that basically turn into puppy fight club. Look for one that focuses on introducing dogs to different sights, sounds, and experiences and just kind of hanging out around other dogs, and any free play is done in very controlled, careful ways. My trainer will section off the training area and have two puppies of similar size and energy level play at a time, only working up to three or four and/or multiple play sessions happening at the same time once she knew every puppy well and had spent time talking to us about how to keep play sessions positive and interrupt overexcited or bullying behaviors. Run from a 'socialization' class that's just throwing a half dozen or more puppies together at once the first day and letting them 'work things out'. You're risking creating anxiety, even fear aggression, around other dogs or a bully who doesn't respect other dogs' social signals.
 

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I have an issue, not sure if I'm over thinking it. I just got a 9 week old Saint Bernese. My brother has a 8 month old Mini Golden Doodle. Both are male and the Golden Doodle has boundless energy (too much energy). I took my dog over to my brothers house and his dog was all over mine. Not in a mean way but it was so much so that my dog started growling and snapped once. I’ve been through this once before with another dog but that dog was much older when I got her. I plan on signing my dog up for socialization classes but I am afraid these two will never be friends. Quite frankly we need them to be. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Some of that is just your dog telling the dog how to behave. He's showing him dog manners- reprimanding him when he is being rude- it's probably partly just normal dog stuff, if they're not trying to actually hurt each other, it's often good to let it run it's course, this is how they communicate.

Try having them meet in a more "neutral" space that isn't in one of their homes, that sometimes helps.
 
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