Advice needed: First night with rescue, Lucy (text heavy)
SO many of you may have seen the thread of my husband and I hoping to rescue Miss Lucy, the Boerboel mix. Well.. she has arrived! She was thrilled with us and hopped willingly into our car. It was really a great meet and greet. Due to circumstances, we were not able to bring Titan to meet Lucy. When we brought them home we I brought Titan out to the street where Lucy was and they met there. Titan was 100% ok with her.. no issue. She, however, started barking at him and snapped at his face. After correcting with a leash pop and a "No!" we went for a walk with them.. They did fine for the most part with only one other attempt by Lucy.. then it was sniffing and new stuff and excitement.
After a good walk, we came back home and went in the yard with them both off leash and they did fine. Followed each other around, peed, sniffed, you know the drill. The foster said that she was not toy possessive or anything like that but loved fetching with the other dogs.. silly me, I thought, well let's see if they can play together.. nothing drastic happened but she did chase behind him and bark the whole way (not too abnormal) but then kept in his face until he dropped the toy then kept barking at him. Well that was dumb of me. Shouldn't have tried that, especially since she didn't particularly like him to begin with. So I realized my mistake and decided to just go inside with them.. show her where she was sleeping, water bowls, etc.
Inside they have been fine. Ignoring one another again. Both drank water. Both got sent to bed for a treat... Titan seems to be avoiding her.. when she gets near him he just walks another way or takes the long way around her if she's laying down. She was turned around and he was sniffing her butt and when she realized she turned sniff him, but I didn't like her posture. She got real still with hackles raised and she just looked like she was going to snap at him again, so I called her name and she broke that posture and nothing happened. right now they are laying down right next to each other. Titan laid down first and she followed and laid about 2 feet from him on her side.
I totally get this is the first night. I am not asking for a quick fix, I just want to make sure I do things right from the beginning (pardoning for the toy things, hind sight 20/20). Initially, she was going to sleep in our room at night with Titan. Their beds are next to each other in the room. There's really no other way to have them. Should I do that or keep her crated at night for a while?
Obviously no alone time for quite sometime. She will be crated during the day while we work and any other time we aren't there. But how about advice on getting them further acquainted? No toys probably at the same time. That seems to rile her up. Walks maybe? I don't need them to be BFFs, I can handle two dogs that aren't besties.. but I would like to not have to worry about them getting into it. Can anyone offer advice on just some things I can do to make this a healthy and good transition for the both of them?
Thanks in advance.
Commander Charly Titan (GSD)-15 Jan 2010
Last edited by wyoung2153; 01-09-2016 at 06:19 PM.