A big concern I had about fostering was how Turk and Rufus would react to having another dog in the house…especially a big dog like Ginger.

Before we brought Ginger home, I consulted with a trainer and some of the volunteers at HAHS about the best way to introduce the dogs to each other. After considering their advice, we decided to try the “neutral ground” method. Basically, when you’re going to introduce your dogs to a foster (or any other dogs), always have them meet on neutral ground (like a park or a closed-in tennis court). If possible, take the dogs on a walk together with your dogs walking in front and the new dog walking a few steps behind.

After taking the dogs on a walk together and tiring them out, we brought them into the house and used a baby gate to keep Ginger in the kitchen and away from Turk and Rufus. This way, our dogs could see and smell Ginger – getting used to her presence – without any threat of a fight.

After about 24 hours, we removed the baby gate and allowed the dogs to be around each other – but we kept their leashes on in case things got heated. Rufus seemed completely uninterested in Ginger and went about his business as if nothing had changed. Pretty quickly, Rufus realized Ginger made a perfect nap time buddy…

Turk, on the other hand, he had a tougher time adjusting. He didn’t like it if Ginger tried to go near “his” bed, “his” chair, “his” rug, “his” humans…you get the picture. We had a few heated moments, but eventually, Turk got to the point where he just ignored Ginger – which was fine with me.

Then, before we knew it, Turk realized that Ginger is a perfect partner-in-crime and now there’s no going back…

It is a relief to have them all get along so well – even if I do have to hide all the valuables when Turk and Ginger start rough housing!

If Ginger looks like your kind of girl, please contact HAHS about arranging a meeting.