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Dog Sitting...suggestions on introduction between my dog and temp. dog!

Hey guys, hoping for some good information...quick! I have an intact female GSD, 2 yrs. this month. I am dog sitting for my brother who has an intact female GSD, @10 months. He is dropping her off tonight and I will be watching her until Sunday. I also have 3 kids under the age of 10 in my house. Question is how to introduce them in a manner that they (hopefully) become friends. I am sure this isn't the first time I will be asked to dog sit and it would be nice if we can have doggie play dates whenever my brother & I get together. He is bringing his kennel and her food/water dishes. I was planning on rotating them when I feed them. I can rotate them the whole weekend or any amount of time, with the kennels next to each other. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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First question: How is your GSD with other dogs?

Second: How is your brother's GSD with other dogs?

Third: Has your children met your brother's dog?

Fourth: Is your brother's dog good with children?

As for the dogs meeting.. if both are well socialized and are fine with other dogs. I would leash the two before meeting. Let them meet in a non threatening environment.. Not sure how much time you have when he drops her off but if you have some take them on a short walk together and see how they behave.. If they are good then you can see how they play act on leash in the yard together. If all goes well then I would say it's safe for an off leash play in a fenced area with close watch. I wouldn't let them loose by themselves though until you are 100% sure that they are ok with eachother and that shouldn't be for a while. They are both female and unless one is clearly submissive, they could potentially battle out who's top dog. Though I suspect your older girl will "help" remind the little one who's boss.

As for the children, as long as your brother's dog isn't aggressive I would introduce them one at a time and let her approach them. Not sure how skittish she is with new people, but I know my new pup isn't a fan of new people approaching her. She likes to introduce herself not the other way around.

That's my advice hope it helps.. and if not, I hop[e someone else comes on that's more knowledgeable on the subject! Good luck!!

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I suggest that you walk your girl and have him meet you about a block away from your house with his dog on leash. Have them follow you guys a few feet away as you are walking and then slowly let them in front and you follow them. That will get the dogs used to each others scent without a face to face meeting too soon. After about 10 to 15 minutes of walking together you can head home and if they both seem relaxed, you can have them meet off leash in your yard. Be careful during feeding times and keep your girls toys and bones out of sight until they get to know each other better. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Thanks guys. I will have them walk along with me when they first meet. He won't be coming over until about when it gets dark, so I may have to wait till my husband gets off work tomorrow before having them both leashed, and in the back yard as I won't be able to see them in the dark tonight.

I am not sure how my dog gets along with other dogs as I haven't had her around too many, though I have never thought her aggressive with other dogs. She plays quite well with our neighbors male dog, and I was watching her yesterday playing with the other neighbors dog through the fence, so I think she's pretty good with other dogs. I have had her for about 9 months, but she has always been around other dogs. My brother's dog is from the same lady I got my dog from, so I know his dog is used to other dogs as well (I wanted her brother so bad but my husband just would not give in!). His dog is not used to kids, but is overall a friendly dog, so I will have my kids somewhat ignore her. I think when my brother leaves, I will put his dog in her kennel for an hour, then rotate them every hour until bed. Their kennels will be side by side with each other. Meal time will be kept seperate along with bowls kept off the ground. Of course all bones/toys will be kept in each kennel and put back with each dog before the other comes out. We will then repeat this when I do not have another adult around.

I guess I am thinking of going very, very slow with them as my thought is to take my time...even a few visits, before expecting them to run and play with each other! They will both be spayed, mine by next month, so hopefully that will improve their chances of becoming good friends!

Thanks for the advice, it's very, very appreciated!
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Let us know how it went!

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We met down the street from my house and almost immediately my dog started growling at my brother's dog. My dog, as much as I love her, is not a confident dog. I am not sure how she was treated her first year of life, though I know when she was with the lady I got her from, she was treated very well. However, I have always felt my dog is constantly worried that her place with me is not secure, that she is not confident that this is her forever home. This breed can bond so hard with their owner, that when they go to a new home..in my opinion..it can really mess them up and takes lots & lots of time for them to adjust. So, I will be calling the trainer and we will be working on some training to build her confidence up...because she isn't going anywhere, she is with me for the rest of her doggy days!

Anyways, so after the growling, which happened more then once...we went back to my house and kenneled my dog while we got my brother's dog settled in. His dog was kenneled all night, my dog had free reign though I am pretty sure she slept in her kennel the whole night which was side by side with the other dog's kennel.

This morning, I kenneled my dog so I could let my brother's dog out. She ate, did her business and after a while my husband and I took both dogs out in the back yard. They sniffed each other, sniffed each other's business and started chasing around each other...then my dog growled and I ended it. I kenneled my dog just to allow my brother's dog a little excercise as I left soon after that and his dog is kenneled while I am gone and I my dog gets free reign. Poor puppy though, she spent most of the time sitting in front of my front door waiting for my brother.

So, it wasn't horrible but it wasn't all roses either! Of course it doesn't help that my husband tells me to just let them in the backyard and figure it out and they will be fine. My response was I don't want Emergency Vet bills. I plan on rotating them and let my dog slowly get to know her.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated!
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If it is only a week and you are already experiencing problems, I would kennel his dog with a couple of walks a day for exercise/potty. DO NOT LET THEM WORK IT OUT! It is not worth long-term harm to your dog or his. If I watch dogs for other people, they remain in their crates and are taken out the appropriate number of times for walks/playtime as their breed/age dictates. I don't bother introducing them to my dogs or trying to make friends. I also don't need to house train a new dog to my house if they are staying a week. If I were you, I would just wait the week out and not make a big issue out of them getting along.

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I would only suggest trying to "Get them to get along" because you seem to want to do this kind of thing more often. I think letting them get to know eachother slowly is a good idea. like qbchottu said.. DON'T let them work it out.. it's not worth it.

Question.. When she growls what exactly is she growling at? Just random or is it a territory thing? I the puppy "annoying" her and she doesn't want to play anymore?

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She growls more out of territory I believe because the other dog is not doing anything for her to growl. I would like them to get along because I am sure there will be other times that my brother asks me to dog sit. I am the only one with a huge, fenced in yard that is not working full time. Also, when we get together for family events, it would be nice for the dogs to get together too.

Both dogs will be spayed within the next month, so I am not sure if that will help. I will take the suggestions of leaving his dog kenneled most of the time except for walks, eating & potty breaks. I will also let my kids play with her, she seems to enjoy them and my brother has a baby on the way. It is more important to me that my dog get used to my brother's dogs smells and views her as non-threatening. Maybe after some trainer time, we could get the dogs together with the trainer as well. However I will definitely be over cautious rather then under as I do not want any fighting at all! I will also have my husband walk my brother's dog on the opposite side of the street, or behind us a few feet.
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Honestly the more they are around eachother the better. Not saying let them go off leash and all willy nilly! But just letting thme interact a little more each day.. under a controled environment. Titan Growled a lot at Athena when I got her. He didn't want her near him at all. But since she was there to stay he HAD to get a long with her I just made sure when they were together I was right there on top of them to control every move. If I wasn't she was crated. Also try reassuring your girl that she is still in charge (at least of the other dog) that this is her place. A little alone time with her or things like feeding her first, letting her out first, might reassure her of a few things.

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