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erfunhouse 01-11-2014 09:28 PM

Setteling in time?
How long dis it take for your rescues to settle?

First GSD was an exceptional rescue who was amazing. I am trying my best with Kia. I just want to make sure she settles.

I don't want to think it is ok if it takes months and months and ultimately I've ruined her, you know?

I can see that if she had gone to a single dog home she would have been great! I'm scared we aren't the right home, and wanna make sure she comes out Ok.

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llombardo 01-11-2014 09:55 PM

I would say about a month to completely settle in. That would be with all other dogs and cats. He was pretty comfortable from day one, the adjustment period was really for all the pets.

erfunhouse 01-11-2014 09:58 PM

Ok. The cats are locked in my room right now because I don't want to give her the opportunity, or stress her out. Sabo loves her to bits, I just need to see if shes gonna love him back. :/

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llombardo 01-11-2014 10:37 PM


Originally Posted by erfunhouse (Post 4817706)
Ok. The cats are locked in my room right now because I don't want to give her the opportunity, or stress her out. Sabo loves her to bits, I just need to see if shes gonna love him back. :/

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Are you using a crate with her at all?

erfunhouse 01-11-2014 10:51 PM


Originally Posted by llombardo (Post 4817842)
Are you using a crate with her at all?

She gets crated when we leave or at night time. Sabo won't leave her alone at all if shes in the crate and he isn't. He also won't settle if he's in his crate and shes out. She sticks close to me for the most part, either tethered (which I'm not understanding how that helps her... Sabo can still get at her- debating letting her off and tethering him so I can control him) or just standing near me. When she's with me and Sabo bothers her I can usually get him to go away and give her space.

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llombardo 01-12-2014 12:20 AM

The crate can help when the cats enter the equation.

BowWowMeow 01-12-2014 12:29 AM

It can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Rafi settled right in but Chama took quite a while to accept him and Rafi had terrible separation anxiety so that took awhile to get under control.

When I used to foster we would tell people "3 days, 3 weeks and 3 months." As the dog got more comfortable you'd start to see her/his true personality but it wasn't until 3 months that you could expect to really start to see the real dog.

And just keep taking deep breaths: you are doing great! It's a process for everyone. You will be a good home. :)

Make sure the cats get time with you when she is crated!

erfunhouse 01-12-2014 12:36 AM


Originally Posted by llombardo (Post 4818266)
The crate can help when the cats enter the equation.

One cat chooses to reside upstairs, the other is indoor/outdoor or lives on top of the table. With all the newness though, I'm just leaving the upstairs in my room for now. Brian is more dog "aware" so when Kia and Sabo can be together comfortably then I'll let Brian add himself as he sees fit.

I'm not too concerned about ever integrating the cats downstairs or the dogs upstairs (too many toys to eat)

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LifeofRiley 01-12-2014 01:06 AM

Hi erfunhouse,

At the end of the day, you need to do what you think works best for you and your household given your knowledge of your dog, cats and the dynamics you are observing with the new dog.

But, FWIW...
I have never tethered a new foster dog to me during the first couple of weeks of acclimation in my house, I imagine (given my household dynamics) that this would create a lot of tension/frustration between my dog and the foster dog.

I do supervise all interactions very closely and give plenty of crate "relaxation times" where the foster dog has a treat to chew on and time to just decompress and observe.

I always have the foster dog sleep in the bedroom with us... I can only think of one that needed to be crated, all others followed my resident dog's lead in settling down and sleeping as soon as the lights went out. I think that also helped the dog acclimate.

Based on the video I saw in the other thread, I think that you need to be sure that Sabo's enthusiasm does not overwhelm her during these first couple of weeks. Give her a safe place to decompress, develop a routine where each dog gets alone time and supervise all interactions for now.

Oh, and congrats on your new dog! She seems great!

mebully21 01-12-2014 09:25 AM

Sabo needs more disipline to leave kia alone. More training to get him to stop being annoying to her. I would be pissed too if i was in a new home and an annoying dog wouldnt leave me alone and if it kept up i would definitely kick the annoying dogs butt if the owner didnt respond. Crate sabo and if he pitches a fit too bad, crate kia in a room and block acces for sabo and correct him if he acts like a jerk.

My 8 yr old foster lab doesnt like dogs annoying her, my sadie (gsd) wants to play with her like your sabo- i had to step in and keep the 2 separated for a bit so my foster wouldnt feel overwhelmed.

Just put your foot down and put sabo in his place

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