German Shepherds Forum banner

Need Help/Suggestions (GSD and non-GSD)

1233 Views 3 Replies 2 Participants Last post by  butterfingers
I have three dogs - see my signature for details on each. Casey was rescued from a shelter last fall originally as a foster but I have decided to keep her. At the time I had another foster (Bindi) and all of the dogs got along okay. After Bindi left I realized that she had been running interference between Casey and Gunner. Gunner has since gone after Casey a couple of times, one incident resulting in several stitches in her leg. Since then I have kept Casey separated from the other dogs since she and Gunner do not get along at all and Charley also seems annoyed by her and shows it by growling, won't play with her, etc.

The problem is Casey seems quite unhappy with this situation. I rotate the dogs between crates, inside time, outside time, and basement. The most interaction and supervision obviously occurs during inside time. If Casey is in her crate, she cries and howls; if she is outside, she's okay for a while and then cries and howls; if she's in the basement, she gets in to whatever she can get to; if she is in the house with me, she tries (and has succeeded) in jumping over the gates to go after the cats (that stay upstairs). She is obviously lonely and craving for more attention than she is getting. She desperately wants to play with the boys but I have tried very closely supervised playtime with all of them together and Charley is not interested and Gunner only shows aggression toward her.

I cannot get another dog to keep Casey company during her rotations. Any ideas on what I CAN do to make her "alone" time more bearable? I am including a sample rotation schedule below. Note that I cannot have crate and inside time at the same time as the crates are in the living space and the dogs will bark and cry if one is out and the others aren't. So when they're not in their crates, there is always one group of dogs (either Casey or Gunner and Charley) who are unsupervised. The boys usually behave pretty well and could even be left out when I am not home or at night if it were not for the fact that Casey would bark/whine from her crate. Also, if the dogs start barking outside they are brought inside immediately and this also causes a shift in the rotations. Walks are typically done in the morning, weather-permitting, and would also result in a shift of the rotations.

7:30 am - dogs fed
7:40 am - Gunner and Charley outside for potty
8:00 am - Gunner and Charley to basement (while kids eat breakfast, get ready for school) and Casey outside for potty
8:20 am - all dogs in crates while I take kids to school
8:40 am - 12 pm - all dogs rotated between outside, inside, and basement
12 pm - 2 pm - all dogs crated for afternoon "nap" (this is the time period I typically use for my lunch, gym, errands, etc.)
2 pm - 3 pm - all dogs rotated between outside (for potty), inside, and basement
3 pm - 4 pm - all dogs crated while I pick up kids from school and kids do homework/have snack
4 pm - 10 pm - all dogs rotated between outside, inside, and basement
10 pm - all dogs crated for night

I want to be fair to all the dogs and keep them happy - need help with suggestions for poor Casey!!
See less See more
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
This is a tough situation. I have a similar problem with the Rhodie mix that we rescued after she was dropped out of a car infront of our home. I cannot let her out with my female shepherds as she has instigated a couple of fights with them and lost. I have to rotate outside time with the boys and I feel bad for her as she gives the girls kisses inside the house and wants so badly to be with them. She has just never understood her place within the female subpack and instead of submitting to her correction, reacts and the fight begins. I have been trying to find her a home where she is only with males or the only dog as she also has issues with other small animals and has killed a kitten that accidently went into the dog yard and wiped out a chicken coop once when she broke in. She was also supposed to be a foster but since she is a Rhodie with issues I have not been able to find her the right home and know she could not go to just any home.
I tell you this so you know you are not alone with your struggle. I wish I could tell you that there was a magic cure for your situation. All I can say is that in my heart I know that unless the perfect home is found for Kibby, she is far better here even though its more work, than her previous situation. Or even worse being in a shelter. You obviously love her, or you wouldn't be so worried about her, so she is already in a better situation than many.

Sorry no helpful advise here but just wanted to give some support.
See less See more
Thanks, Sharon! It does help to know others face the same problem. I just want all of the dogs to be happy.

Best of luck to you and Kibby!
See less See more
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.