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Introducing two dogs

So we ate considering getting another dog... I'm pretty sure we will rescue. I'm not quite sure how to go about matching a dog to our family. We are considering a golden, a lab or another shepherd. More than likely a female, but we wouldn't be against a male.

We are looking at the local shelters.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-04-2014, 11:50 PM
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i've heard all kinds advice on the proper way to introduce a new pet in the house. all after the fact and if the advice was worthwhile and correct, we got lucky. the only advice i have is to get a trainer or behavior specialist to go with you. i have known too many people who couldn't have the 2 dogs in the same room.
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Ask the rescue if you can bring Sabo along and introduce there.
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I brought my female GSD with to meet Midnite(male GSD) at the shelter. She wasn't to fond of him and did not enjoy his boisterous greeting, but it wasn't bad enough for them to not allow the adoption. She gave me dirty looks all the way home They are now best friends!! Point is the first visit might not tell the whole story and you have to trust your instincts, because you could very well walk away from a decent dog. Good luck!!!

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I have not done it with a rescue but Grim was 2 when I brought him into a house with 2 adults, a male and a female and I did the introduction through crates until I was comfortable with supervised introductions. I did that with the cats and Beau, too and it seems to work great.

I also did that with puppy Beau as female Cyra was always a bit DA and would have eaten him when I brought him home, and I introduced them the day I came in and she was sleeping on the floor next to his crate. Worked beautifully.

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i would go to the rescue with my dog. i would ask a staff
member to bring the dog outside. i would also take a friend
along to help just in case the staff member can't go for a
walk. i would let the dogs meet a few times before bringing
the rescue home. i probably would find a fenced in area
(tennis court) to let the dogs run around off leash to see
how they react.
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Since you have certain breeds in mind, I would look into a specific breed rescue. The shelters in my area of CA mostly contain pitbull mixes and chihuahua mixes.

My female GSD loves the small breeds, maybe consider getting a smaller dog?
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I always have a male GSD and a female Golden Retriever the 3 pair I've had got along great. Introduce them off their territory to get acquainted then let them on your territory, should be fine.

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Thanks guys. The female we saw at the shelter was emailed to us. Hubby called the shelter and they were less than helpful. I'm going to call tomorrow as that is when she's available. As great as rescues are, those dogs aren't on limited time, so hubby is kinda set at the moment on going to a shelter.

I've been to this particular shelter and they do have a "play" area to meet the dog,when I call I'm going to ask if I can bring Sabo.

I'm a bit nervous. Whenever we've had two dogs (when I was little) we were dog dumb, so we just kinda threw the together. ... No crate training and made them get along.

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i would take them for a walk first. then i would put them in
a confined area. i also would take my dog to the rescue a
few times so they could meet.

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Thanks guys. The female we saw at the shelter was emailed to us. Hubby called the shelter and they were less than helpful. I'm going to call tomorrow as that is when she's available. As great as rescues are, those dogs aren't on limited time, so hubby is kinda set at the moment on going to a shelter.

>>>>> I've been to this particular shelter and they do have a "play" area to meet the dog,<<<<<

when I call I'm going to ask if I can bring Sabo.

I'm a bit nervous. Whenever we've had two dogs (when I was little) we were dog dumb, so we just kinda threw the together. ... No crate training and made them get along.

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