Once upon a time, we lived in a house we were watching for someone. When he'd come home, he'd bring all of his dogs back with him including his great dane. Our little Loki never had a problem with the dane until he was accidentally stepped on while he was trying to urinate. Ever since then, there has been some tension between Loki and any dog more than a couple inches taller than him. He growls and takes a completely fearful aggressive stance (head low, ears flat, may show teeth/growl, tail between legs, whale eyes....) Any large dogs he met before the incident he seemed fine with (including my in-law's boxer mix and rhodesian mix.)
In the future, husband and I would like to get a greyhound and/or a dane. We also plan on taking a trip in December (possibly on the 31st) and board our dogs. Loki is fairly active and fairly social. Luna is really active and a social butterfly. While I haven't brought it up to hubby, I think at least these two would do well in a cage-free boarding facility. I have two in mind. One is cage-free day play with rooms/runs at night. Another is 24/hr cage free with 24/hr supervision. They both include TV which I think would come in handy while fireworks are going off.
Luna wears the pants in their relationship. Generally if Luna isn't afraid of something, Loki will approach and learn to like it too. Loki used to hate taking baths but saw Luna jump in the tub one day and he followed her. Now suddenly, he likes baths. I'm hoping that Ms. social butterfly could get Mr. Loki to stop being so scary.
What do you guys think? Can a dog encourage another dog to not be so fearful? Good idea or no? Am I even going about this the right way?