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Advise for introducing rescue dog??

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Hudson87, Aug 31, 2013.


  1. Hudson87

    Hudson87 PetForums Member

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    So we took Hudson to meet foxy again this morning and all went well so we have taken her home to foster for a week to see how get along in the home.


    We are having a lot of rough, noisy I.e growling with some lip curling and nips when playing at the moment. Is this a bad sign?

    Any tips ? How long should we leave it to see how the relationship is going to go?

    Thanks
     
  2. Wyrekin

    Wyrekin PetForums VIP

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    How long it takes varies from dog to dog, household to household. Scooby took three months of hard work and management before he settled whereas Bob walked through the door and was no problem at all from the word go.

    If you are uncomfortable with the play then stop it. I generally limit play for the first few weeks to give the new dog time to find it's feet without the other dog harassing it for attention.

    I generally make all the rules and boundaries really strict from the word go then as they settle I can relax them where necessary. It's much easier to relax rules than suddenly make them stricter!

    P.S Good luck! It can be hard work but is very rewarding :)
     
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    Agree with the above post

    Nobody ever fails because they take things too slow

    But plenty fail because they rush things.

    Playing can take time so if it is a bit full on then put a stop to it

    Good luck x
     
  4. sezeelson

    sezeelson PetForums VIP

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    Personally I'd segregate the dogs to allow the rescue to get used to her new home & surroundings and new people rather then chucking her in at the deep end with the dogs too.

    Go back a few steps and give her to settle in and give Hudson a chance to smell her and get used to her presence without any actual interaction yet. Walk them together though as this is a great way to take the pressure off and get used to each other.
     
  5. Sled dog hotel

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    Usually if you are going to get problems and triggers then the most common ones will usually be food, treats especially long lasting and high value ones,especially if left around or discarded, toys, owners attention, confined spaces, and times of hyper excitement like leads coming out for walks, visitors coming and things like doorbells ringing, where in an hyper aroused state, pushing and shoving and snapping can sometimes start.

    You need to be aware of these triggers and watch and manage them in the early days and weeks especially, until you know the two of them have excepted each other and integrated fully and haven't got any issues like starting resource guarding.

    You also need to be aware of body language too and anything that may indicate trouble may be brewing

    Growls - especially low pitched and rumbling
    Displacement - one will deliberately block and move the other away from a resource or place.
    Stiffening of bodies raised head and hackles.
    Bareing teeth or snarling
    stareing down - making direct eye contact and holding it.
    The above is some of the things that can be threatening.

    Some breeds seem and are better at body language and giving warnings then others, so you may or not see it or to different degrees. Even if you see any of it, the other one may just back down or use body language to defuse the situation, having two dogs that are first beginning to live together though you don't always know in the early days what each will actually do, but being aware of the most common triggers and what certain things may mean you can at least watch and get an idea, if something may be going on and be alerted to what may be potential situations and problems.

    Having said that am I right in thinking that Hudson is an Akita, although not having owned one what I have seen of them and speaking to owners, I have been given the impression that they don't always seem to particularly show a lot of facial expression or always give warnings as regards to early body language as to regards what they are thinking or intentions and that also they can be selective about who they live with or don't. Also not knowing what breed/s foxy is or sex and ages they both are its harder to comment too. If Foxy is a female normally most opposite sexes especially in certain breeds tend to be that bit more tolerant of each other generally then they are of same sexes.

    Usually a good thing in the early days is getting them out on walks, especially if two of you can go and take one each, as outside on neutral territory and walking together there is not usually tension and its a good way to get them used to each other.
     
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  6. Hudson87

    Hudson87 PetForums Member

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    Thank you everyone for the advice.

    Foxy is a female akita who is spayed and 13 months old. We already know she has food issues and has not had much socialisation. We are feeding them seperately to ensure no fights over any food break out.

    I would say Hudson is getting jealous which I didn't see happening its not a behaviour he has displayed before. When I was stroking her last night he climbed over the coffee table to get between us.

    I am getting advice from the Akita welfare trust as well at the moment.

    Still all fingers crossed it works out as she is a lovely little thing and you can tell she is so happy to be back in a house after 6 months in Battersea.
     
  7. sezeelson

    sezeelson PetForums VIP

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    Hudson is acting very normally. Dogs are not open for other to just come and go from their families so bringing a new dog can be very tough.

    You need to take it slow, Hudson is sending you a clear message that you should listen too and reintroduce Foxy very slowly. There is nothing wrong with keeping her confined to the kitchen or a bedroom for the first week - week and a half to reduce the stresses for both dogs.

    It can take a very long time and the slower you go the better.
     
  8. Hudson87

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    I am doing that at the moment but then he whines and cries when he cant get to her. I think he is rather confused at the moment.
     
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