My dog does not get along with other dogs. It’s just a fact of life. He has spent the last nine years not liking other dogs. It doesn’t matter to me or to him frankly; we just live around it. It honestly doesn’t even dawn on me to think about it.
I had a conversation with someone the other day about my dog, and it came up that other dogs are not a part of his life. The person I was talking to was utterly confused by this fact. “But doesn’t he need friends?” That idea never occurred to me. “No, he’s much happier without them.”
When two dogs are in the same space, the only thing it causes, at least initially, is conflict. Dogs are constantly assessing their safety, and when a new person or dog enters into their space, they must decide if that person or dog is a threat. My dog thinks every dog is a threat, even if they are being perfectly appropriate and good. Therefore, he would prefer that no dogs come in his space in order to avoid any conflict. I think that sounds like a much better life than being concerned at all times.
Obviously, it’s okay for your dog to have friends, and some dogs like certain dogs over others. But there are plenty of dogs out there they don’t need friends, like mine, and that’s okay too.