Reintroducing injured GSD
Hi, I used to post here a ton a few years back, and find myself need help again. I originally rescued a female GSD and eventually the puppies she had prior to me getting her. She was a handful, fear aggressive, leash aggressive, dog aggressive, etc. I was able to work through all those issues, and 2 years ago successfully integrated a male husky (another rescue). They are amazing together, and have had little to no issues with the two of them. My husband and I decided it was time to grow the family, and I was ready to work with another rescue. My husband, however, wanted a pup. So we did our research breeders (my town is overrun with chi’s and pits), and finally found a breeder in Washington. My husbands best friend also decided it was time for a pup, and liked the Breeder and litter we chose. He was selling his house, and it ended up selling before the new house was built, so we offered to let him stay with us. So we now have 2 female GSD’s (the rescue and new pup) and 2 males, one the new GSD and our husky in the home. Introductions all went splendidly, and my old girl loved the new pups. Then a freak accident happened with our new pup. She managed to get her tooth stuck on a strip at the bottom of the doggie door, and fell backwards with her tooth still attached. There is about a 10 fall from the doggie door to the concrete outside. We rush her to the vet, and after tons of xrays, they found that she had fractured her jaw. She was originally given a tape muzzle, and a feeding tube, and the dreaded cone of shame. We have kept her separated from the other 3 dogs as a precaution. The family room is gated off from the formal living room so we can keep the big dogs off the leather furniture at night (they know better, but as soon as we go to bed, they jump onto the sofas). So we would put them in the family room at night.
There are gaps in the baby gates, but nothing wide enough for the big dogs to do anything but put a paw through. The problem is, Seiran is only 3 weeks in to a 6 week process, and the other dogs are pretty pissed about her being in the formal living room, and growl and raise their hackles any time she goes near the baby gates. I spend as much time as possible in the family room with the big dogs, but the pup has to be tube fed every 3-4hrs, and she cries when I leave the room. Which is an issue, because they don’t want her using her mouth for 6 weeks.
Sorry this is so long winded, I just wanted to get the details out there. The 3 other dogs have formed a pretty good pack, and they seem to gang up when they see Seiran coming. I’m worried about reintroducing her after her injury is healed. The standard let them meet with separation won’t work, they are already able to see and smell her, and don’t like it. We tried once to place her empty kennel in the family room, and the big dogs started tearing into it.
I don’t want to have to keep them separated forever, but am willing to if that’s the only way to keep them all safe. I’m aware bitch on bitch aggression is an issue with the breed, but Lyka’s health is failing, and we don’t expect her to make it before Seiran is a year old. Hubbies friend is moving into his new home in 2 months, so that will leave us with the the two GSD’s and one husky.
Does anyone have any experience reintroducing a dog that has been injured after the recovery period? I’d really like any info I can get! And here is a pic because everyone loves puppy pics!