Our house is small and open, so there is no where to put up a gate or divide up the space if the dogs need some alone time. I have a crate that he's been slowly getting used to at work, which now resides in the living room, but that's about it. Today I went through my checklist: all bones put away? Check. All the collars, leashes, and toys a dog could want? Check. Kong already in the freezer? Check. But the butterflies are still going.
|How can I not trust this face?|
Really, I'm anticipating things going well. I think he'll need time to settle in like any foster dog, and he'll have to learn a little self control around the house, but he's been a good boy so far. However, I was hoping all you foster friends out there could give a little advice to help settle me down. Do you have any tips for the first few days of a new foster dog? Any skills he should learn ASAP, or rules you find helpful to establish? How often do you put your foster in a crate at first? I'm planning to when he eats, sleeps, or would be unsupervised.
My biggest worry is that so far we haven't found a vet willing to neuter him before he gets a rabies shot at 5 months. So he'll be attached to me until I know he isn't going to mark on anything, and make darn sure he learns that humping sends you directly to jail (do not pass go, do not collect 200 treats).
So thanks in advance for any tidbit of help you can give me. That, along with some deep breathing exercises, and I think we'll be fine. Except for Parker, who I think may have a mental breakdown if he sees Sinatra chewing on his toys!
On a happier note, our little miss Skye was featured as a philosopher at PitterPatter. This website is hilarious, and the fact that Skye is far from the deep thinking type makes it even better!
|I'm going where?! Home? I don't know where that is, but I'll beat you there!|