We have a new neighbor. He's just got himself three black, male puppies. He only comes in a few times a week, and the puppies stay at the property alone. Right now, they are very cute and I think my dog and I have a chance to become friends with them before they grow up into another aggressive dog pack. They can all get out of the property, so when we take our walk past, they run out and greet us. "Coffee" is really friendly and I managed to have a bonding session with him and my dog this morning, patting both of them calmly for a few minutes. "Cujo" is probably the leader, barks all the time and so far is not willing to come close. "Milo" is quiet and seems to just follow Cujo's lead.
So, does anyone have ideas of how I can best handle this situation? Should I take them little tidbits of fresh chicken and bribe them into friendship? Spend lots of time with them? Train them a bit? Or just take the stance of walking past and staying aloof? Should I also take my kids there daily to get to know them, even when the owner isn't there? (We have to walk past this property to get anywhere in our area, so I'd like to keep everyone safe and harmonious.)