Since there is a lot information on their website, I’ll share three pages that I’ve bookmarked for sharing with potential and current dog fosters and adopters.
1. Understanding Different Dog Tolerance Levels
Normally, I’m not a big fan of labels. But understanding the different dog tolerance levels (like how friendly a dog is towards other dogs) is incredibly helpful if you are thinking of adding a new dog to your mix. Plus there’s a bell curve graph.
2. Slow Dog-to-Dog Introductions
Before I read this article’s six steps, I thought I could never integrate a new foster dog because of my dog's “aggressive” older adult dog. This article gave me hope and a plan. I followed the steps with a very dog social shy adolescent foster dog and was able to progress from crating and rotating, through walks together, to short sessions out in the yard off-leash. It felt like a miracle! I continue to use these steps with my dog now for every new dog I foster. How far we get each time depends on the dogs’ chemistry… and how long I have them before they get adopted!
3. Living Peaceably in a Multi-Dog Home
This is the main page of their multi-dog library. It briefly touches on choosing well for good chemistry, being the boss, separating dogs before leaving, avoiding fight triggers, breaking up fights, but it starts out with one of my favorite parts, the not-to-be-missed…
The Golden Rules of Multi-Dog Management
- Select your pets carefully. Some dog pairs have great chemistry while others are Jerry Springer material – Nothing but conflict and strife.
- Maintain a strong leadership role so the dogs respect your house rules.
- Especially while dogs are getting to know each other, separate before you leave the house.
- Know the most common fight triggers and work to prevent them.
- Know how to break up a fight, then promise yourself you’ll never let them get into anything bigger than a spat.
- Involve everyone in the household in multi-dog management.
- Understand that dog dynamics can and do shift along with life changes.
- Give your dogs individual attention to strengthen bonds.
- Proper intros between new dogs are KEY.
In addition to all the above, consulting with a professional dog trainer or behaviorist is recommended especially if you are struggling with multi-dog introductions or peaceful co-existing, or before you add a new dog to a home with another dog.
If you’re ready, you find a dog (or two) to adopt at www.adoptapet.com!