|08-29-2013 07:12 PM|
the honeymoon period for a new dog to adjust to a new home whether permanent or temporary depends on the dog. it could be 2 weeks or 6 months. if you are taking this members dog in to help her out then be aware that after the honeymoon period is over it might not be all roses and peaches... when ever someone takes in another dog to foster they MUST realize this.. and not discard the dog if its not working out... the only real good excuse to back out is aggression. but if the dog figures out you are a pushover and acts a fool its no reason to return the dog. since you are doing this temporarily i suggest strict NILIF and make the dog EARN everything. dont let the dog have free roam and dont spoil the dog. use the 2 week shutdown to let the dog decompress and implement NILIF immediately and go SLOW.. if any mistakes happen sit and look at WHY the mistakes happened. was it your fault? the bf's fault?the dogs fault? your dogs fault? look at WHY it happened and go from there..as far as injuries - if its your fault the dog got injured the owner should not be responsible for paying the vet bill for your mistake.. regular food/care is fine if the owner can pay. but if its your fault an injury occurs its not the owners job to pay for your mistake.
fostering a dog for someone is a commitment, and not to be taken lightly.
|08-28-2013 11:37 PM|
This post made me smile.
|08-28-2013 11:01 PM|
I hope Friday goes great for you!
My suggestions probably won't make much of a difference, because I went into this situation with different expectations - such as knowing the foster was DA - so my experience isn't the same. But having a list of the commands the dogs already knows will help you. And feeding the foster in the crate, so he looks forward to going into it, would probably also help. Don't expect things to be perfect, since things rarely are, just be thankful you have a chance to help a family stay together. Hugs for doing this!
|08-28-2013 02:41 PM|
Feeling a combo of anxious / excited / thrilled.
Everyone is on board.
We ordered him a crate should be here friday during the day.
Friday night we are picking Koshka up at the boarders.
Saturday morning were going to take him to the vet.
My boyfriend is very excited, he already has a nickname for Koshka : Mushy.
Not sure why, lol.
Any last minute advice?
|08-25-2013 01:38 AM|
Our plan, if approved by vet, boarder, and OW is saturday morning. We would pick him up, drive him to our vets and get the ok. We plan to have vet records on us, or faxed to our vet by that point. My boyfriend and I are both off of work Saturday Sunday and Monday, so that would work best. Then we will take him to a pet store for any last minute things we'd need. Then I would take him for a long, long walk around the neighborhood to tire him out.
This is where we bring out one dog at a time, on leash. And without letting them greet, we walk them along side each other. (boyfriend and I) We will let them sniff once they seem to be... ignoring each other during this walk. Then we go onto the next dog. We will not do this with my pitmix as honestly, she could care less about new dogs cause shes an old grump and sleeps 90% of the time hah.
Then we will bring him into our yard, leashed. We will let each dog out one at a time to meet him freely. If everyone seems okay we will have supervised yard play where we monitor for any signs of stress or aggression of the dogs. If everything goes okay, we will introduce the dog to our home (by himself) when he seems comfortable we'll give him a snack and crate him.
Hopefully at that point they will all take a nice nap and be really relaxed...
Anyways, thats my plan. lol
|08-25-2013 12:54 AM|
Have you tried borrowing a crate? It would be a shame for you to have to purchase one. Perhaps there is a rescue in your area who could loan you one. Or....Craigslist. I know Craigslist is hit or miss and some people are ridiculous with prices. Worth checking.
There are a lot of rescue people here who could advise you on introducing a foster dog. I have introduced a few, but am not an expert. You will probably want someone to help you, so you only have to control one dog. Take it slow and remember that the foster dog is not going to be permanent.
I'm so glad things seem to be falling into place.
|08-25-2013 12:39 AM|
Spoke with the owner again (OW) VIA email and everything seems to be falling into place. My boyfriend is much more secure with everything and in turn so am I. We've decided that email is as good as a contract and dont foresee any problems in that department.
Hopefully, we will be able to pick him up next weekend. As long as I can get a vet appt for that day (weekend hours, ugh) everything should be fine. Will have to purchase an extra crate and some tags this week, maybe some balls for the boy. (apparently his favorite!)
Im still a little stressed about introducing him to my girls and home the correct way, to ensure a positive outcome. But I'll do more research and hopefully relax about that soon.
|08-24-2013 10:46 PM|
|08-24-2013 10:45 PM|
Nigel, Thanks for posting the link. Yes, much better. I was thinking it was some stranger off Craiglist, or something.
Kelseycub, it is an awesome thing you are doing. I wish all the best for OriginalWacky. What a bind to be in. Looks like two great dogs. I'm sure everything will work out.
Please keep us posted.
|08-24-2013 09:58 PM|
Heaven forbid something were to happen to the dog, or the owner was unable to claim him for an unagreed upon amount of time. The plan is for 3 months, and were not super strict on that assuming that the dog is fitting in well. But something like a year or more might be a little much for us to be cool with. This is where a contract may be useful.
I dont foresee there being any issues with my dogs, other then a day or so of a bit of shyness. Our husky can be a bit of a bully at first, which I've spoken to the owner about, so obviously the dog would need to be calm and not easily phased by this. The owner of the dog does not think her dog will be a problem in anyway. Our dogs have many doggy friends, and haven't had any issues with fighting or aggression other than our huskies initial "bully" attitude towards newbies, which has never resulted in anything other then a few corrections and some sassy attitude. No bites, no fights, nothing that serious. Shes also rather small and tends to snip, yelp, and run away, never making contact.
I guess it would be a good idea to have something planned as if, for whatever reason, the dogs did not warm up to each other. Like something like in a week or so, if we thought it wasnt going to work out, if we were able to return the dog to the boarding kennel or not. (This is where they are now.) Not sure, as I haven't had a chance to discuss this with the owner.
My dogs usually take a day or two of supervised play to become fully comfortable with a new dog, at first I imagine my shepherd being shy and evasive and my husky trying to bully the new dog. We have introduced many dogs to them and that always seems to be the response. So really, all I need to know is how the new dog will react to them.
Definitely something to consider, though.
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