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01-06-2014 05:01 PM
erfunhouse Unfortunately, the shelter this particular dog is at is CRAP. No meet and greet area. ..a kennel that sticks out into the parking lot. They said they can put her in that kennel to meet Sabo. I nervous, but I'm gonna check her out tomorrow and see how she is.

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01-06-2014 12:09 PM
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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!!!
Very true.Also like what Doggiedaddy said about how to introduce the dogs. .
01-06-2014 11:53 AM
Liesje It really depends on the dogs and what you're comfortable with. My adult GSD does much better OFF leash on HIS own turf (which seems odd, but that's how it is). I simply put the new dog in our house and yard, and then let him out to meet. He's been fine with every foster dog (ranging in ages 5 months - 11 years), new puppy, or new rescue I've brought home, and also females for breeding. Doing crate introductions just weirds him out and I don't like it because I want him to always see his crate as his safe, quiet place and not a place where he's caged while a new dog is pestering him, but my dog tends to be more "barrier protective" (he will bark at a dog or person approaching our gate, but then if you open the gate and come in, he's fine). Coke and Indy both LOVE other dogs so they openly welcome dogs on leash, off leash, in a crate, in a car, in their yard or house...lol.

Normally a rescue will want to do a meet and greet first. Many shelters do as well. Where I volunteered, adopters were required to bring in their current dogs and allow the staff behaviorist to observe before they were approved.
01-06-2014 09:34 AM
blackshep I agree about going with the opposite sex, and to let them meet on neutral territory and go for a walk so they can get to know one another gradually.
01-06-2014 09:28 AM
LaRen616 I haven't read the comments so sorry if this is a repeat.

If you already have a male then I would go for a female either 2 years younger or 2 years older only because the closer they are in age the closer you might lose them. Introduce them in a neutral area. Try to remain calm and relaxed so they don't feed off your excitement/fear/worry. Take them for a nice long walk together. If the meeting goes well then I would bring them into your yard first and let them interact with each other before bringing the new dog into the house. Make sure you pick up all toys and food, some dogs are food/toy aggressive and you don't want a fight to break out! Keep them crated and or separated when you are not home and supervise them when they are together. In can take weeks or months for a dog to show it's true behavior once it is relaxed and comfortable in your home.

Good luck and thank you for rescueing!
01-06-2014 09:15 AM
erfunhouse Thanks guys. I'm going to go Tuesday and check out the female GS. They have some other nice looking younger male Labs I will check out also. I just need help introducing them since hubby will be out of town.

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01-05-2014 06:02 PM
TAR HEEL MOM Thanks for considering a shelter pup. I have a GSD and a Lab combo and it works great for us. Sometimes my older Lab will get tired of Tar's constant need to play and put him in his place. And she sure can! She can send him behind the couch in a minute But they love each other.

From helping others at the shelter I will tell you that we ALWAYS recommend that a person bring their dog to the shelter for a meet and greet. We have a large fenced in park and a staff member will always go out with them. We introduce slowly and go from there.

Best of luck. I am a little biased, but I don't believe you can go wrong with a lab
01-05-2014 05:47 PM
doggiedad 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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01-05-2014 04:55 PM
erfunhouse 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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01-05-2014 12:47 PM
SoCal Rebell 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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