|Barked: Sat Apr 21, '12 2:16am PST |
|Hi all, we recently moved from Cape Town in South Africa to Jinja, Uganda (East Africa). We brought our 1 yr 9 mth old Malamut x Border collie boy with us. Jack is my first dog and I did not understand the importance of proper socializing when little and have learnt that valuable lesson!
A couple of months after arriving in Uganda, we agreed to foster two other dogs for the next 18 months. Mickey is a 1 yr old Bloodhound and him and Jack plays together and have become best friends. The other foster is a 7 year old Great Dane called Otis. Him and Jack does not get along at all - they had a couple of quick skirmishes and now avoid each other as much as possible. (luckily we have a big enough area to allow each their own space)
Jack is without question the Alpha dog in the house, I am pretty sure that I am above Jack in the hierarchy, but every now and then he tests his boundaries with me by "back chatting" when given a command.
One week ago my husband brought home an abandoned 4 week old kitten which we thought would be easy to re-home, but it seems he's here to stay for some time.
I have read lots of posts on how to introduce them and are sharing scents at the moment like blankets etc, feeding at the same time on opposite sides of the door, giving lots of attention to the dogs and doing some extra "sit", "stay" and "leave it" training etc etc etc. The kitten is in his own room with litter box, water, toys etc and in the evening for about 2 hours each night the dogs all goes outside and the kitten roams the house. I do this in the morning as well after the boys have eaten, the kitten gets about 1 hour of roaming time in the morning.
So finally - my question is this. What signs are "good" signs from my dogs and which should be considered "bad". I know Jack has a very high prey drive as he's killed some monitor lizards (huge lizard).
For example: He sits in front of the door when the kitten starts to meow and then he whines with it. Like they are talking to each other???
He comes to fetch me every now and then and takes me to the kittens room and then just stands there looking at me???
He's started sleeping in front of the door where the kitten is being kept???
He still responds to the "go" command when I tell him to leave the area.
Basically - is Jack stalking the kitten or is he concerned and wants to take care of it?? What type of body language should I be looking for apart from obvious growling or teeth showing?
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