Originally Posted by helenweekley
Does anyone take in fosters? I just started and got my first one today. He isn't a boxer, actually we have no idea what he is. He is really sweet but man oh man has no manners at all they think he may have lived outside. He is 2yrs old and acts very much like a puppy. He is very mouthy it wouldn't be such a problem because of how gentle he is with it except he does it a lot. He has already chewed 2 leashes I also caught him chewing my sofa and standing on my kitchen table. So I have learned to never take my eyes off him. Him and my dog aren't doing to bad together they have gotten into a couple little fights but I just said Hey sternly and they stopped. Anyone have any advice? I am going to start with training him tomorrow on some basic manners. How long should I give him and my dog to get used to each other?
We've recently taken a deaf white Boxer as a foster dog. Find out as much as you can about his lifestyle. It really helps to understand their behaviour. Our girl was very unwell when she came to us and very timid. She also would just spring off the ground up onto a table and lay on it! We've just treated her like a child - we have set routines, take her for lots of walks and drives in the car, let her live as part of our family, and she's slowly started calming down and being more respectful. We have a 7 year old Jack Russell who wasn't impressed at all when he had to share his humans with this white bouncing bundle. He tried to ignore her for 2 weeks, but I think he's worked out she's deaf and now he rarely leaves her side. She had no idea about going outside to toilet, but our Jack Russell has shown her and we haven't had any accidents for over a month. He pulls her into line with a nip on her front leg if she's getting too rough with him - she 'boxes' him if she wants to play. I highly recommend fostering. These dogs have usually come from terrible situations. What would they tell us if they could talk? I think its wonderful you've opened your home and your heart and you're prepared to put in the time with this dog. Good on you!