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Old 03-11-2014, 02:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone!

I posted about this a bit before, but my husband and I have decided to go ahead and do a 'trial run' with a 5 year-old spayed GSD. We currently have a 1 year old unneutered male GSD mix. He is very bubbly, lovable, excitable, and loves other dogs. The GSD needs to be rehomed because she is getting into fights with a female Aussie who just had a litter (hormones and fur are a flyin'!) The owner assures us that the GSD is great with other dogs. We are hoping that they will be a good match for each other.

Any tips for introductions? I've read to introduce them in a 'neutral' place, so I was thinking of introducing them in a neighborhood a few blocks away on a 'walk' and maybe walking them both back home (with the assistance of my husband.) But then what? If it goes well, bring them back home and keep them separated with baby gates? Crate them both? Help! If it doesn't go well, should we just return her immediately? Of course, we will never leave them unsupervised.

You can probably tell I've never owned 2 dogs at the same time before.
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Oh my...lol. I'm sure you thought hard about adding a second dog...?

For me, it was more than double the work and although I love my baby girl sometimes I honestly wish I hadn't gotten a second doggie...

When we brought Zeeva home, we kept them separated for a long time (probably a good 3-4 months as Zeeva was a puppy and Smokey was a crazy adolescent). I crated Zeeva and Smokey was usually outside. I had to introduce Zeeva to Smokey with a muzzle on Smokey just in case they didn't get along...luckily it went ok and this was by the time Zeeva was old enough to hold her own ground...

Keep us posted about the 'trial run'! Pictures too please! C:
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Introduce them on neutral territory, take them for a nice long walk, put away all toys so they don't fight over them, feed the dogs separately, do not leave them alone unsupervised.
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Introduce them on neutral territory, take them for a nice long walk, put away all toys so they don't fight over them, feed the dogs separately, do not leave them alone unsupervised.
Pretty much took the words right out of my mouth
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Oh my...lol. I'm sure you thought hard about adding a second dog...?

For me, it was more than double the work and although I love my baby girl sometimes I honestly wish I hadn't gotten a second doggie...

When we brought Zeeva home, we kept them separated for a long time (probably a good 3-4 months as Zeeva was a puppy and Smokey was a crazy adolescent). I crated Zeeva and Smokey was usually outside. I had to introduce Zeeva to Smokey with a muzzle on Smokey just in case they didn't get along...luckily it went ok and this was by the time Zeeva was old enough to hold her own ground...

Keep us posted about the 'trial run'! Pictures too please! C:
I would be lying if I told you that we had intentions of adding another dog right at this very moment! It is something that we wanted to do in the future. I specifically had my mind set on an older, female GSD once we were ready to cross that bridge, so to speak. Well, imagine my surprise when my coworker called me up bright and early Sunday morning to tell me that she ran into a friend of hers at a dog show who needed to rehome her 5 year old female GSD ASAP. We drove 2 hours to see her, and we really liked her. So, like the crazy people we are, we decided to give her a go.

We definitely have the resources to add another. I had just planned on waiting until my current dog was a little older. But if I can get everything to go smoothly, then that's not a huge deal to me.
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I would be lying if I told you that we had intentions of adding another dog right at this very moment! It is something that we wanted to do in the future. I specifically had my mind set on an older, female GSD once we were ready to cross that bridge, so to speak. Well, imagine my surprise when my coworker called me up bright and early Sunday morning to tell me that she ran into a friend of hers at a dog show who needed to rehome her 5 year old female GSD ASAP. We drove 2 hours to see her, and we really liked her. So, like the crazy people we are, we decided to give her a go.
That's actually very exciting and sweet of you guys!
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Introduce them on neutral territory, take them for a nice long walk, put away all toys so they don't fight over them, feed the dogs separately, do not leave them alone unsupervised.
This is what I would do!

Take them out to a neutral place and let them get to know each other first!
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