I have always introduced my dogs at the park across the street and have never had a problem. I have never brought a dog home for the first time after just being spayed though. They just called me from the greyhound track, scared me to death, I thought something was wrong, turns out they just wanted to know if I could come at 1:00 instead of 12:30. No problem, I was so relieved I was scared he was going to say something happened. Anyway, any special precautions I need to take in introducing them since she will still have stitches or staples? She was spayed on Tuesday. Thanks Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494
Maybe keep her crated around the other dogs and let the other dogs investigate through the crate. You cant let them run or romp for a week. This way your other dogs will get over their excitement by the time she comes out. I know it's going to be hard. I'm so happy the time has finally come! Good luck!
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Ummm, I didn't get her a crate. I was going to wait and see how she did first. Since I'm home all day. The track manager said he didn't think she would need one, and my two hyper dogs Bailey and Ariel have crates, but Rusty doesn't. I know they're not supposed to run around for a while after the surgery, boy I had a time with that with Bailey. But is it ok to have her at the park for a few minutes to meet the others? Literally the park is right across the street.
Ok, I don't mean to sound stupid, but I don't understand what you mean. She was spayed Tuesday, hold off on what? I have to introduce them somehow. Do you mean hold off from taking them outside to meet? If so how to go about introducing them inside, I've never done it like that before. If that's not what you meant just tell me I'm being dumb and explain please. LOL
I would take them outside, even outside of a neighbors house and let them meet there. Don't worry too much about the stitches, she'll be fine to walk on them as long as she seems okay. Either that or stop at the park and have a family member walk over with your dogs, then drive her home to limit walking.
Maybe if you take one of your dogs with you? It will cut down on the I have to get to know you know thing. I don't know. I would keep Lady on a leash when you get there and have the dogs one at a time if possible come and say hello. I am sure Lady is already used to have a few dogs around her. Make her a special bed, and hopefully because she is 3 she will settle down quickly and rest as much as she can. Just try to give her some space for the first day or so, and gradually let them interact more and more. I think it will be fine. She will probably not want to play all that much anyway. Good luck Gina we are all counting down the hours with you. I hope you don't mind but tomorrow night I think I will need to bring Aisha over too. How's that for keeping Lady calm. LOL To everyone else: Just kidding it was a joke from an earlier post, but if she was close I'd love to go see the new pup.
Thanks you guys. No need to drive her over. I actually walk out my front door, cross the street, and I'm in the park. More work to drive over. I think my biggest worry is Bailey, she just gets too hyper. I can crate her if need be. Thanks for the advice. I will keep you posted. Even if you get tired of it. Aisha, if you come over bring chips and dip. LOL
Gina, no you are not being stupid. I would hold off on the park for a week after spaying. What I have done is put the newcomer in a crate letting the others snif and do what dogs do. Since you don't have a crate use the leash, because you don't want her to break her stitches. If it looks like trouble with the other dogs crate them and let her check them out, if necessary. I have small dogs, so it is a lot easier to grab one and remove it from the situation.
sorry gina.....i have always just brought the new dogs into the house. kinda like here's your new sister !! and so far i have been very lucky i haven't had any problems that way. i have never had them meet anywhere else or done anything special to introduce them. but then again, whatever i have brought home has always stayed so maybe they got the idea once the new animal made it thru the front door, it belonged here. who knows . soory i can't be of more help.
You know what Scout, you have a point. I've never tried it, but maybe it would be ok. How about if I put the small dogs in their crates, keep Lady on her leash, put on my roller blades, and let Rusty meet her first. He's the most calm and he doesn't have a crate either. I planned to give them all their Kongs after she got there so it would be like a special treat since they've never had them before. Maybe I'm worrying over nothing, they just might be fine if I just brought her in the door!
so you went out and got yourself a pair of rollerblades? Good for you. At least you can catch up to her when she starts running. Here's an idea: when she is all better get like a 20 foot rope and let her go running. Have the roller blades on (dont forget the helmet) and just let her pull you down the street. Don't forget the video camera. Get the little ones that they put on the helmets (like fear factor) and down load it so we can all watch. LOL All will be fine, don't worry. Just enjoy the moment the dogs will do what they usually do: sniff sniff sniff. The novelty will wear off soon with them and it will be like she has always just been there GOOD LUCK! ~ ~