If possible want a collective opinion on how to introduce my new 11 month old GSD female to a 7 year old Rottie Male rescue I have only owned for a few months. He was taken to a dog training center for the program and the owners never came back to get him. I adopted him through the local dog pound as the training center trains dogs that are at the pound and so they thought he would have a better chance of getting a home. He showed no dog aggression at either place. I also have a 14 year old female Chi who he loves.
Cairo's (GSD) details are at in the introduction section of the forum - Just posted yesterday. Basically a barn dog with no socialization. There are pictures of all the dogs in the thread: https://www.germanshepherds.com/foru...ale-cairo.html
I live alone so I am going to be the only one handling the integration of her into my family. So keep that in mind. I have contacted a dog behaviorist and she is going to be here with me when they finally do the meeting:
Here's the plan and I am willing to accept all advice please:
1. She's been doing great in her crate and is in the basement. She is timid and not really loving but I see glimmers.
2. Chopper (Rottie) has been able to smell her for the last day- he is on the main floor.
3. Yesterday I walked Chopper down to the basement where he has his own crate and fed them both in their crates that
are separated by 12 feet. They can see each other. No aggression- he acts like he really doesn't notice her. When I
took him out of his crate 35 minutes later, I played with him a bit and he kept flopping on his back for me to give him
snuggles just like normal. He was about 5 feet away from her. She just laid in her crate and didn't react to him. So
far so good. He did get a little too close (my fault) to her crate (2 feet) and she snarled at him from a lying position.
I had him on a lead so I pulled him back and he wanted to go upstairs.
4. Day 3 and I am going to take as long as necessary she is clearly nervous and needs to knows she is safe. I have seen
her wag her tail only twice! I have been spending lots of time with her, no pushing her at all. She loves walks -
yesterday we walked for a total of 3.75 miles around the neighborhood to get her out of her crate and build up her
confidence with me. Shockingly of all the dogs I have owned- she is the best walker. She watches every step I make and
stays right inline. I can lead her holding the leash with two fingers. Of course I have the other end tethered to my
wrist in case she spooks.
She has lots of marks that look like dog bites on her muzzle and ears.
I am thinking she has had some bad
experiences with other dogs and that is going to make things a bit more difficult.
So all in all my plan is to keep her separated from Chopper (M) by keeping her on one floor and him the other. Feed them in the same room in their crates. Crate and Rotate them for at least a few weeks. She hasn't been upstairs yet so I think since she is so shy it will be a few days. When I do Chopper will be downstairs in his crate eating a frozen Kong toy
and I'll walk her around up here so she can get used to the place and lay down her scent. My concern is that I don't want Chopper to think the upstairs belongs to him. Does this sound like a good plan?