How to tell a potential roommate to train their dog?

I have a large apartment that I’m looking into getting a roommate for.

My beagle-mix, Pete, is very well trained, crate-trained, calm, and quiet. He gets bored of playing easily, and he’s been an only dog since I adopted him.

My potential roommate came over and brought her dog. This dog (Elphie) is a pitbull-mix (about the same in size, but twice the weight of Pete), which I have no problem with, but the complex will if she’s not trained. She spent the entire time harassing my dog, stealing his toys, play-biting, and chasing him. He got so irritated and possessive that he did the mounting thing, which he’s never done. His entire body was soaked with Elphie’s slobber, and when Elphie drinks, she leaves huge puddles. She also can tear up furniture, and my expensive couches aren’t paid for.

How do I politely tell my friend that she has to train her dog, or else she can’t live here? I don’t want to offend her, but I really don’t want Elphie hurting my dog, or ruining my belongings
I should add that I know it’ll be good for my dog to socialize, and get used to other dogs (which is probably why he got possessive), but I am concerned.

As I said, Pete isn’t much of a play-time type dog. Elphie weighs twice his weight, and I’m worried that one of two things will happen while she tries to play (she roughhoused for two solid hours with no signs of slowing):
1. She’ll hurt Pete during the play and bite or injure him. She’s a very, very sturdy dog, and while Pete is a beagle mix, his body never took on the stockiness.
2. Pete will get so irritated that he’ll snap, bark (he never does) or bite her, and the roommate will blame me.

Elphie doesn’t sit on command, does not give up toys on command (and as a pitbull-mix, her jaws are insanely powerful), does not calm down, and I’m just worried that my dog and my belongings will be hurt, broken, or ruined.
Something I forgot to add: This potential roommate is also a friend, which is why I’m worried about offending. I know I need to talk to her, I just don’t know how.

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  2. Miss Meanie says:

    Simple — don’t let the girl move in with Elphie. It sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Don’t worry too much about being diplomatic. Just say NO and tell her why.

  3. Tara says:

    Just calmly tell your friend that you have some concerns and list what they are. If she blows you off or gets defensive then there is your big red flag that her moving in isnt a good idea.

  4. ☼Hello Sunshine☼ says:

    It sounds like the two dogs were just playing. Anytime my pooch gets together with his doggie friends, all they do is chase each other, play bite, and steal each others’ toys. I’ve matched him up with some dog friends who are of "like temperaments", and they all get along great.

    If it didn’t seem like your dog appreciated Elphie’s antics, then they probably aren’t a good match. Your friend can’t train her dog not to slobber, and if the dog is still chewing things up then that is not something that is ‘trained out’ overnight.

    I think its best if you keep looking for roomates.

  5. whyga21 says:

    You’re going to have to be brutally honest.

  6. Leah says:

    You need to protect your dog and just tell her that if this is the way her dog is maybe this isn’t such a good idea. I have a beagle too and they are so sweet and very passive dogs. Good luck.

  7. Stacey I says:

    Just be honest. Also mention that the complex you live in will not accept the dog without a certificate of a passed obedience/training class. Maybe just pass on this roommate and wait for another one with a well trained dog or without a dog. You have to stand up for yourself and your dog. As far as her being your friend and you not wanting to offend her, she is disrespecting you by letting her dog act the was he does in your home. This was just the first day. What happens when your friend gets "comfortable"? It might get worse. Just be honest or you will be unhappy.