First Time Foster HELP!!!
Do you segregate your foster from the resident dogs? Or...Do you just throw them all together?
I picked up my first GSD foster yesterday. He is a big (78 pound, but underweight) sweetheart. He is 8 years old, but has no trouble getting around. He is good in the house - housebroken, not destructive, etc. He is good with other dogs. He is not at all aggressive.
The problem is that my dog, Natty Boh only weighs 28 pounds. They want to play together, but the GSD is so big and very rough. He mouths Boh and Boh's whole head fits into his mouth. Boh has yelped a few times. Boh has his crate in the kitchen. There is a baby gate between the kitchen and dining room. The GSD stays in dining room. I had each in a down stay, earlier yesterday. By evening, the GSD was rushing the gate and barking at Boh. He can't see Boh, when Boh is in his crate.
I have a crate coming for the GSD, but don't know how he will take to it. Right now, I have the GSD in a bedroom and Boh in the kitchen. Or - Boh in his crate and GSD in the dining/living room.
Perhaps I am being too overprotective, but I think the risk it too great to allow a lot of interaction. I know some fosters keep the resident dog and foster separate. Is that such a bad thing?
Advice please. Thank you!
Natty Boh 6-27-12
Annie 1998 - 8-2-12 RIP