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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by r_neupert, Jul 20, 2009.


  1. r_neupert

    r_neupert PetForums Senior

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    Hello!

    Well great news - we've taken on Rodney - he's a Rescue Remedies dog (his thread is in the rescue section) we've got him as a foster, but we'll see how it goes before we offer him a forever home. We're just glad he can have some time out of kennels.

    So having just spent 90 miles with dear old Rodders in the boot, and my dog Indy in the passenger seat footwell, they've been as good as gold! We're now home and they won't leave eachother alone!!! Rodney is jumping all over Indy bless her, i had them both in the back garden and they were wrestling everywhere. I've now managed to get them both in the lounge and they're both on a long lead giving eachother teethy "kisses". Rodders is nipping at Indy's scruff, and Indys giving as good as she's getting.

    We were warned the first few days would be interesting, and i'm fully expecting them to sort out who's boss and get a few cuts and bumps along the way.

    Rodney is a Staffy x Greyhound? And weighs in around 35kg, Indy is a Old Tyme Bulldog x EBT weighing around 30kg. So they're sitting pretty equal in the power status - they are both the same age too. Rodney been so well socialised so his playing is rough and manners are lacking right now ;)

    So really the question is, how can i help them along the way? And make life easier?
     
  2. goodvic2

    goodvic2 PetForums VIP

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    Hey, well done you!

    All I would say is just ensure you are give clear leadership so that there is no question as to who is boss. They will sort out their own heirachy, but it is much easier when they are only going for second place and not first!

    They both sound like balanced well adjusted dogs, so I am sure they will be fine.

    Good luck x
     
  3. JSR

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    OH MY GOD!! I'm so excited and so bloody pleased for him!!! I'm beside myself with jealousy cos I've fallen for the lovely boy but so pleased you've taken him on. I can't wait for piccy!!!:D

    Major thing you can do is relax!! They sound like they've already sorted out the situation and are happy. You do need to ensure the play time is restricted to when and where you say, but right now it's the novelty for both of them so I'd leave them too if for now (monitored of course and put a stop to it if you think it's getting abit too rough!!) and I bet in a day or two they'll chill out. Rodney is going to be abit confused, I find with fosters it's usually day 2 before they start to show signs of being lost and a bit worried by the new situation, but with Indy's help I'm sure he'll have little teething problems.

    Sounds like you are in for fun, but I for one am extreamly proud of you. Thank you so much for helping Rodney he really does deserve the chance you are giving him. :D
     
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    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    You lucky thing! Id LOVE to foster.

    I demand pics!
     
  5. r_neupert

    r_neupert PetForums Senior

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    They both have a rawhide each - i've managed to let indy off the lead. Rodders was a stray so is very protective of his food. If Indy comes out from under the table he starts growling!!! Poor thing doesn't know what's hit her.... or the neighbours for that matter - bet they think i'm having a domestic with the OH!!

    Well i'll give them a little bit longer and take them on a walk together, hopefully that'll get them acquainted. Will post some piccys in a bit!

    Just to add he's very well trained!! Sits and gives 5 on command. Very relaxed!
     
  6. r_neupert

    r_neupert PetForums Senior

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    Here we are!
     

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    goodvic2 PetForums VIP

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    They are both georgous! Well done x x
     
  8. r_neupert

    r_neupert PetForums Senior

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    9 inch cigar rawhide gone - 10 minutes that has to be a record...

    Food seems to have settled them down a little.... Indy is still hiding :rolleyes:
     
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    He is lovely :)
    And he looks very much like Dave's mum does. Same white bit on his nose too. Lol same cheecky grin :D

    x
     
  10. r_neupert

    r_neupert PetForums Senior

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    Corrr... got a sweat on seperating these two!!
     
  11. r_neupert

    r_neupert PetForums Senior

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    Calm has been restored... it's taken about 20 miles of walking... but finally both dogs have passed out...
     

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    Well done!! and well done on helping Roddy out, he does look lovely, hope things continue to settle down for you all.
     
  13. HighlandQuine

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    Wow, he is lovely! :D He reminds me a bit of Bailey, especially the ears!

    Good luck with everything and well done! :)
     
  14. JSR

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    You can see the smile in his eyes!!!! He's not as big as I thought he was. Hope it's continueing to go well for you all.
     
  15. r_neupert

    r_neupert PetForums Senior

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    He's bigger than i was expecting him to be!! He's probably greyhound in height, but staffy in body.

    Still no resolution on who's boss! Walks have been a little easier, but the wrestling/humping still continues!! I don't think Indy is particularly a dominant dog, Rodney honestly has no clue, but a little more power, so i think Indy is struggling to put him in his place. I'm trying not to intervene too much and let them get on with it... hopefully they'll work it out soon!!!

    Rodney still mouthes like a puppy... rather painful!!
     
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