|08-30-2013 06:51 AM|
|Magwart||I've gradually become a strong believer in segregating for at least a week. All my fosters come straight from a public shelter where illness is rampant, so part of the reason is to give any illness a chance to break if it's going to (kennel cough is typically at least 5 days before it breaks).|
|08-30-2013 04:52 AM|
Of course, I also tend to just drop new cats in with my cats without much in the way of intros too, because they are so accustomed to them. Not so much the dogs though, they can play too rough for the cats, and new cats often don't care for dogs. However, I'd never recommend that others follow that method of intros, because it often will cause some pretty big issues.
|08-27-2013 05:00 PM|
|08-27-2013 04:07 PM|
|Stevenzachsmom||Thanks again, everyone. King's crate came today. I just set it up. He hasn't been in it yet. We will try it out later. Actually, I got two crates today. No idea why they sent me two. I ordered one and paid for one. I tried to call the company and got a recording. They are welcome to have one back, but I'm not going to knock myself out to get in touch with them.|
|08-27-2013 02:57 PM|
In the beginning I was a lot more careful about keeping them separated until I had a good read on everybody, and I think that's the more prudent course if you're not quite sure how to handle things.
|08-27-2013 02:43 PM|
When I foster and I have two GSDs, I segregate for the first few days. Usually, I get a Lab mix or a hound or something large to foster. Lately, there have been some Chihuahua adults and puppies, a Dachshund, a Schnauzer x Yorkie mix, terrier puppies, etc. With these little ones, I keep them separated from my one year old active GSD. They get to meet the senior ten year old male GSD who is much calmer and they get to meet the young adult female, but she is always on a leash when they are together. When you have a 70+ pound difference, it is just too easy for an accident to happen.
When I have the larger dogs to foster, they are usually segregated for a day or two and then I start introductions one by one or in small groups. After a few days, everyone is usually together.
|08-27-2013 01:24 PM|
|Daisy&Lucky's Mom||Sounds like natty Boh is giving the new guy some feedback re behavior. The advice I got here when bringing the girls home to Lucky was two week shutdown. We kept everybody seperate for the first 4 weeks. We had some health issues w/ chevy that made the seperation go longer. My problem was maybe we waited too long in that Lucky took maters into his own paws and went downstairs to the basement and that became a fight.I think its a balancing act. Sounds like your doing pretty well with time alone time ,time together balance. I really worried re time together w/ our three. I wasn't in favor of crates before but next time there will be crates. Really liked Kelseycub's idea about learning to be relaxed with each other.we did some of that especially after we got to the new house. Thanks for fostering Red he sounds like a sweetie.|
|08-27-2013 01:22 PM|
I sense a fosture failure already.
|08-27-2013 01:21 PM|
|Gharrissc||Depending on the dogs, I just throw them all together and supervise very closely. New dogs are never left unattended with resident dogs for a while.|
|08-27-2013 01:03 PM|
Thanks guys! My foster is just a big cuddly teddy bear. I LOVE him. He responds so well to praise - something I doubt he has gotten much of. He would totally crawl into my lap. Praying he finds a forever home who will truly appreciate him. He deserves it.
I intend to take it slow. I am just more comfortable that way. LOL!
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