abnormalsanon wrote:I'm bringing a new foster into our home tomorrow, and I have a few questions for you. Due to logistical issues and city living, we have a few problems with doing a full shutdown for our foster guy, Piggy. Can we:
-Let our pits (Keely and Bart) into the foster dog's room while he's crated during the shutdown period? This would be to prevent tantrums from Bart, who can't stand being left out of any room I'm in--especially when there's a new and interesting dog in it.
Nope. A dog especially an excitable one (wether happy or not) can make the dog feel instantly defensive in the crate, drawing a line of defense at the door. You are going to have to control your own dog (and the new dog will see this and appreciate that you are in control not the dog).
This is a big and common mistake, and what we miss is quiet and very subtle clues from the dogs that can lead to big arguments later on.
Lets put it like this, Bart runs in, New dog sees it as a HOLY MOLY who is that, and poses in defense (common-as this dog has NO bonds in your home and will feel that no one is there for HIM) Bart sees this and begins to make a check list ...
Two weeks later the dogs are together and already they have a check list of memories and you to the new dog arent the leader (for what leader would of let Bart rule ..Bart looks more the leader)
abnormalsanon wrote:-Go for walks as exercise? We have a 15 x 20 foot paved "yard" and basically no fenced green space nearby. I wouldn't let people give him attention, and I wouldn't introduce him to other dogs. Nobody in our neighborhood wants to pet a pit bull anyway!
Thanks for any advice
No walks are the whole world again coming at the dog. Remember dogs are very sensory, sight is the last thing they use, the world is full of things, smells, sounds, you, if something happens (scary things to the dog, or anything-noises, cars, etc) the new dog now is being pulled on leash ( conflict) or being corrected (again conflict topped with unfair correction) if something happens (loose dog) then dog is feeling defensive and again no one is there for him , so he thinks.
A dog wont die for lack of two weeks of no excercise, throw a toy in your small back yard and get him happy playing and running around, but no walks just yet.
Remember the two week shut down is really for the dog to learn YOU and to know that you are worthy of him looking up to!