Q: I’d like to foster a dog, but I’m concerned about how my own dog will handle it. How can I make it a good experience for everyone?
Fostering an animal in need can be very rewarding; however, I would suggest first taking into consideration your dog’s well-being. Bringing in a foster dog can be quite stressful on a resident dog, especially if he has never lived with another dog before. A positive reinforcement trainer can assist in introducing the dogs on neutral territory and making a smooth transition. If the dogs appear to get along, then I’d recommend taking them for a walk together before bringing them into your home. Keep in mind that not all dogs can live with other dogs.
Dear Tabby is also known as Shauna Romero, behavior and training supervisor at San Diego Humane Society’s Behavior Center.