Thanks, Eileen, for your insight. I think there were several things that led this to be an unsuccessful interaction. We were in my home (Odie's turf) and the playdate with the bulldog was at my brother's home. The 8 week old boxer was very skittish (his owners just got him the day before). With Odie being bigger (27 lbs to the pups 18), he just overwhelmed the pup from the git go. I know he can play rough, which I am learning is a boxer trait (bless their little hearts
and I am sure if the situation was different (bigger dog, etc.) it would have been a different outcome. I am really anxious to see how his puppy class goes. Just hoping he isn't the biggest dog there (my luck a class full of small dogs). I will keep you posted.
P.S. On another note . . . Odie rang the bell this evening to go out - YAY! and when I let him out he went potty! I was so proud. It's the first time he has shown any interest in the bells hanging on the backdoor.