Problems with fostering?

asked 2017-06-12 13:50:06 -0600

I started fostering a dog a few weeks ago never having done so before but I am having problems. He is very dog friendly and so are my two, but for some reason one of mine and the foster seems to hate each other. It is getting very frustrating having to keep them separate and I feel I am not giving the foster as much love and training as he needs. Also, the rescue I am fostering through is hardly any help. I sent them his bio and pictures which they posted on their site, but nowhere else. They seem to just get foster parents and dump the dog. I have no idea how to find him a home, so this is very frustrating especially since he is a very adoptable guy. Guess I'm asking for -tips on how to get dogs to like each other -tips to advertise your foster -tips to interact with the rescue (if its okay to ask them to post about him) -how long a fostering is normally

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also I forgot to mention that he grows very attached and seems to have chosen me as his guardian. I'm really worried he won't do well when taken away, especially if he stays much longer.

Emelyn M.'s profile image Emelyn M.  ( 2017-06-12 13:55:58 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2017-06-12 17:09:29 -0600

Sounds like a difficult situation. Although I don't have firsthand experience fostering, I know several people who do. From a dog care provider perspective, the best way to have dogs get along is to walk them together. However, all dogs will not necessarily get along with all dogs (just like humans). I'd suggest maybe another resource might be reaching out to a foster organization outside of the area where you live, maybe that specializes in that breed, and ask them for additional tips... besides what others may contribute here.

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answered 2017-06-12 19:18:25 -0600

When I introduce two dogs I try to do it in a neutral environment on the leash. And just give it some time. As far as advertising your foster I would go to the dog park and let owners know that this dog is available for adoption or you can use social media like Facebook and advertise that way. I have fostered some puppies and kittens before. How long you foster them depends on what their needs are. Sometimes they just need to be socialized which may take a good amount of time. For puppies and kittens that usually just need fostering up until their spayed and ready for adoption.

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