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Foster Mis-Hap

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by LeighAnn, May 1, 2018.

  1. LeighAnn

    LeighAnn Little Dog Premium Member

    So I decided to take it upon myself to Foster a Senior Female Pit-mix this week.. We did the meet and greet and took precautions with my ladies Lola and Millie. All went well.. Millie ofcourse was cautious and soon opened up to the old lady while Lola was guarded.. they weren't even acknowledging one another until we got into the house. It wasn't but maybe a few hours later and the Pit-Mix jumped onto Lola.

    I warned the humane society that it may not work due to having a dominent female.. and I feel that the two ladies were trying to establish territory perhaps?

    Anyways, it could have been much, much worse! I was able to seperate the two girls.. all the while Lola was still wanting to jump onto the foster dog afterwards.. I called the humane society and they felt it would be best to not foster this particular dog.

    Do any of you guys think they would have worked it out or do you think I did right by going ahead and returning the dog?
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  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Worked what out? You are dealing with a DA breed. You did work it out by returning the dog.
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  3. LeighAnn

    LeighAnn Little Dog Premium Member

    haha.. yes! That is how I worked it out. I was just curious to see if anyone has ever owned two dogs where they needed a period to adjust to one another or if this was just a clash of personalities.. I don't know what made Lola snap at the larger dog.. but once she snapped neither one wanted to stop.. so I had to intervene. Millie was hiding like a big baby.. the good girl she is. No blood was brought and I honestly don't think either one bit the other.. it sounded a lot worse than it was but I didn't trust to keep her after the brief spat.
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  4. LeighAnn

    LeighAnn Little Dog Premium Member

    this little lady thought she could take on a 71lb pit-mix
    while this big baby went to go and hide.... does this make sense?
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  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    You would have had to crate and rotate. I think the Foster is dog aggressive. There is nothing you can do but keep them apart. You can foster a DA dog and keep them separate at all times.
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  6. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I think they need to acknowledge one another during the meet and greet. You need to do a longer meet and greet next time. They were showing you that they didn't get along by not acknowledging one another. The Pit-mix might be DA or it might have a problem with smaller dogs. It might be because the other was a dominant female too.
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  7. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    Create are rotate. It’s a very very easy lifestyle. Also make them scarred of baby gates. They work wonders!!!!!
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  8. LeighAnn

    LeighAnn Little Dog Premium Member

    yes! This is exactly what it is. I will make sure to keep this in mind for next time. They were 'tolerating' each other politely but once we got home all hell broke loose with Lola. I swear if the foster wasn't a senior dog with bad hips, it would have been so much worse. Ofcourse, Lola could have ran from her easily due to the foster pup having bad hips but she wanted to stand her ground and fight..

    I told the humane society that the dogs to look for that will make fostering easier for me would be more so shy, reserved and submissive.. i noticed during the meet and greet that both dogs exuded confidence which was an initial concern of mine. When Millie went to to do the meet and greet , she tucked her tail and avoided her.. so my two dogs are completely opposite.
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  9. LeighAnn

    LeighAnn Little Dog Premium Member

    Yes.. I ended up doing the baby gates for the first night. There was no more drama after the first initial reaction in home.. but I kept them seperated via gates and decided to return her the next morning.. as it was evidently clear that Millie was scared of the foster dog after the fight and I wanted to create a comfortable living environment for my dogs.
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  10. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    I wouldn't say that. People really need to visualize the space and time they have and then visualize actually DOING the motions involved in crate and rotate and determine if it's going to fit for them and most importantly - going to work for the dogs. Crate and rotate DOES change things.
  11. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    Not only that but keeping the balance is tricky some times too.. Not all my dogs hate each other, some tolerate one another. When you have two dogs that despise each other is when you have to be really careful.

    Steve your dogs get along for the most part right?
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  12. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    @pitbulldogs- yes they do get along for the most part. We kno some of there triggers and just do what we can to not set them up to fail. Example. If we’re have a lazy rainy Sunday. I will be on one couch with Bk. Jenn the other with Blue. However we have there leashes on and around our hands. The door bell is a big trigger for us
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  13. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    God tell me about it! The damn doorbell man, all my dogs go ape shit when they hear it and have got into scuffles over it.
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  14. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    The door bells on the commercials make me so mad!
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  15. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    I feel your pain! Also any dogs on TV? They go nuts over, especially a screamer on a spring pole.
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