|Barked: Tue Feb 5, '13 8:41pm PST |
|In many cases, SA will still be present, regardless of other dogs being around. Dogs being around may or may not help dependent on the individual dog and the severity of the SA. I have found with true SA(not just boredom), that most dogs STILL react badly to their owners leaving, even if other dogs are present. Many of my fosters and rescues were not helped by other dogs being around - perhaps because I crate my pets separately or keep them separated when I am not home for safety sake(and many, many fosters will do the exact same thing, particularly when they're getting to know a foster).
My foster dog Beau would bark and bark nonstop the entire time I was gone. Regardless of being in the same home as two other dogs. You could quite literally, hear him from the downstairs room, across the street from the house. My dog, Charlie, took a LONG time to overcome his SA, even while living in multi-dog homes(we rarely lived in a home with no other dogs). And I've known many others to be the same way.
A foster should be able to tell you what issues or quirks a dog will have, that's in their care, particularly if it's been with them for more than a few weeks. Look at foster dogs whose fosters have had them longer and know them better. Definitely look at fosters though, as this will help you to weed out which dogs are a fit and which ones are not.
Tiller, as always, has some great advice.
If Josie is not the dog for you, be fair to yourself and her, and let her find a home that is. It doesn't mean you're not ready for a dog. It simply means you aren't able to take on a dog with issues.
Make a list of what you CANNOT work with(Separation anxiety, prey drive, dog aggression, resource guarding, highly energetic requiring a lot of physical and mental stimulation, etc). Have you considered an older dog or a senior dog? A puppy or adolescent doesn't sound like they would do well with your sporadic schedule(that's NOT to say a younger dog would not work - it would just depend on the dog). Be clear about your schedule, and what you can provide for a dog too. Even ask the rescue if they have suggestions on particular dogs - good rescues will want to find the right fit just as much for you, as for the dog to ensure a forever home for their rescues.
Also, please note, many fosters may have multiple dogs in the home, but that doesn't necessarily mean all their fosters are overly social dogs who want to play constantly with other dogs either. Many would be happier in homes where they can be the number one and get a majority of the attention instead.
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