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06-13-2014 06:06 PM
Chip18 Yeah been there done that ..got the stitches! He doesn't give a crap about the females! Try this link see what you think:

Look at 'Rank Drive":
(Elements of Temperament, by Joy Tiz )

Been there, have the stitches. Difference is my guys target was a BullMastiff/APBT/Lab mix so dealing with aftermath from being attacked was not an issue! Not sure how a Lab deals with that?

He's a foster, unless you do plan on keeping him?? The best advise is to call the rescue tell them it's not working and move him some place else.

I got more, but your playing in the big leagues now! I was in the same place you are, only difference was my GSD's "problem" did not show up until 7 months later!!! He was 7 months when we got him and was a model dog for 7 months! Then the crap hit the fan!!!

As a 'foster" it's not your job to deal with this! You now have new information on a "problem" this dog has! You can list him as a dog with "Rank" drive issues! Tons of folks "know" what that means!
Also commonly seen as "single dog household" now you know!

So...it's time to "Run with the big dogs or stay on the porch" as it were.
06-13-2014 09:52 AM
Bridget We also have a foster that doesn't get along with one of our dogs (or Heidi doesn't get along with her to be more honest). We will always have Ashley and will adopt her later. It is **** having to rotate dogs and I swear I will never again take a dog into our home who doesn't fit into our pack. I have no suggestions except management, but I feel your pain.
06-13-2014 08:36 AM
Shade The poor thing! Thank you for helping him

I agree with Jean's idea of a comfortable basket type muzzle or keep him on a leash attached to a human. I would go with a two gate system if at all possible and for the gates I would purchase an automatic closer, they're cheap and easy and that will negate any further mistakes of leaving any open and if he gets through one, there's another blocking.

I would also talk to the rescue and let them know the situation, maybe there is another foster available that has no male dogs in their household. Or at least hopefully pay for a trainer to come in even once and help you set the guidelines down.
06-13-2014 07:29 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN
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Originally Posted by sit,stay View Post
Is there a trainer the rescue likes to work with? If so, make contact and get some professional guidance. It might be that this particular dog is not appropriate in your home and would do better with someone who does not have a male dog. Maybe it is time to discuss with the rescue what his options are as far as another foster home?

There is no shame at all in deciding a foster is better off in another home. It has happened to me and we all were much happier once the dog was in a more appropriate home.

Good luck! It looks like you have done a fantastic job getting him to this point.
Sheilah
Agree and not sure if I missed it but from now on no chance for contact with each other, and I would get a nice basket muzzle for him to wear if there is anyone in the house who may forget the rule.
06-13-2014 01:35 AM
llombardo
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I have fostered many dogs over the past few years, mostly labs. He was an abuse case that was owner surrendered to our local shelter. The shelter was so concerned for his health that they did not want him in the shelter at all. He was pulled and transported directly to our vet hospital. when he was ready to be released I was asked to foster him since I live closest to the vet and he needed weekly visits. Attached are his surrender picture from the shelter and one when I picked him up from the vet. Thank you all for the help. I am just glad to know this group is here to ask questions to.
Were there any kind of abusr charges brought against the previous owners? How does one do that to a dog? I can understand how you feel the need to help this dog, it looks like he has had a long road
06-13-2014 12:09 AM
sit,stay
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sorry, I should have been more clear. His name is Sirius and I am fostering him for a rescue
Is there a trainer the rescue likes to work with? If so, make contact and get some professional guidance. It might be that this particular dog is not appropriate in your home and would do better with someone who does not have a male dog. Maybe it is time to discuss with the rescue what his options are as far as another foster home?

There is no shame at all in deciding a foster is better off in another home. It has happened to me and we all were much happier once the dog was in a more appropriate home.

Good luck! It looks like you have done a fantastic job getting him to this point.
Sheilah
06-12-2014 11:18 PM
glowingtoadfly Poor guy. I look forward to updates!
06-12-2014 11:09 PM
d4lilbitz
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Originally Posted by Sirius_shepherd View Post
I have fostered many dogs over the past few years, mostly labs. He was an abuse case that was owner surrendered to our local shelter. The shelter was so concerned for his health that they did not want him in the shelter at all. He was pulled and transported directly to our vet hospital. when he was ready to be released I was asked to foster him since I live closest to the vet and he needed weekly visits. Attached are his surrender picture from the shelter and one when I picked him up from the vet. Thank you all for the help. I am just glad to know this group is here to ask questions to.

OMG...my heart hurts for this poor fellow. People frustrate me. How do you let a dog's condition get this ba before doing something???? Its a good thing you are experienced with fosters. Perhaps in his home there were other male dogs and he had to fend for himself...who knows. I would give him time. Keep them separated for now. Let Sirus have his time to adjust and gain some weight. Let him and you other dog see eachother from a distance. Perhaps over time that will help. Thank you for fostering him : )
06-12-2014 11:01 PM
Sirius_shepherd I have fostered many dogs over the past few years, mostly labs. He was an abuse case that was owner surrendered to our local shelter. The shelter was so concerned for his health that they did not want him in the shelter at all. He was pulled and transported directly to our vet hospital. when he was ready to be released I was asked to foster him since I live closest to the vet and he needed weekly visits. Attached are his surrender picture from the shelter and one when I picked him up from the vet. Thank you all for the help. I am just glad to know this group is here to ask questions to.
06-12-2014 10:47 PM
trcy I don't have much advice regarding fighting, except throwing a large glass of ice water on them breaks up fights. I learned this after having m,y finger lacerated.

Other than that we correct the slightest hint of disagreement between the dogs before it escalates. We had a few fights before we learned the signs in our dogs.
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