|Barked: Thu Jan 31, '13 1:05pm PST |
|If you knowingly adopt any dog with a known potential for DA, you had better be prepared to deal with it!
That said, I see that exact scenario happen all the time out of ignorance. The owner has always had one dog, they've been fine socializing (or just haven't socialized and the owner assumes they're fine) so the owner decides to adopt a puppy and everything falls apart. It's their fault for lack of research, but there's a trade-off in forcing them to take responsibility. If they truly are not able to handle that, you've got a situation that will most likely end in the violent death of one or both dogs.
I knew Fox was DA when she joined the family. Selective DA and SSA are common in Huskies, and I had her in front of me as a 6-year-old with a back story of fighting. It honestly doesn't bother us, or affect our lives much at all. But, she's not the "I will rip through a wall to tear your face off" sort of DA. We have no issue at all coexisting, so long as there is always a barrier ensuring she has her space. Right now Ember is crashed out in our bedroom, we have a gate across the door and Fox is sleeping on a bed in the hallway. In a little while, we'll swap. We all go for walks together, we just stay about 10 feet apart. One rides in the back of the car, one in the front with a barrier in between.
Training is key. Crate training, as well as doorway control, stay, recall, leave it, drop it - just in case something does happen.
And time. You have to have time to give every dog in your rotation enough attention. I've done insane levels of rotating dogs when I was living in a house full of rescues in behavioral rehab... It's a full-time job in itself. That's why I was living there. With my petsits, I'd frequently end up with 3-way rotations short-term, which is easily doable but I stop enjoying it at that point. I wouldn't want to commit to it for 15 years or so.
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