Here is the behind-the-scenes of how we made it work:
wrote in our earlier post about gender issues, it seems male dogs can take Miss M's bossiness much better, so we're partial to submissive males. We had been keeping an eye out for males when we saw Levi at New Leash on Life needed a foster home.
Having Proper Dog Introductions
a proper dog-to-dog introduction to see how they got along. We took the pooches to a neutral sidewalk, and walked them by each other to gauge their interest. The eventual idea is to see how they react with a couple of walk bys, then try to get them to walk as a pack at the end. Twenty-six to Life just wrote a really good post about how she does dog intros (and she has handled a household with a German Shepherd and 3 pit bulls of varying ages).
During our intro Levi had very bad dog manners and kept getting in the pooches' faces and trying to play with them. While I never would have expected it, Miss M completely ignored him and wasn't bothered by his rude intro. Could it be because she also suffers from poor dog manners? With her acceptance, we knew we could take the next step of testing him in our home.
Monitoring Home Interactions
Levi is still learning dog manners. He doesn't understand it's impolite to shove your face in another dogs' faces, luckily, our pooches are being very tolerant with him. He is also learning good habits by watching our dogs: he is learning to wait for food, wait to be excused from the crate, and to lay nicely without rolling around. We also bought this fantastic Adopt Me collar from Sirius Republic to advertise his 'single status' to anyone he meets.
These are the steps we took to make sure all the dogs were happy in our home. Any other good advice for integrating foster dogs into your home?