Hey all. I am four hours in and loosing it. I don't know what to do!
I am taking care of my boyfriend's family's german shepherd and she's gone wild. She's a year and a half, and her family is away for the first time. I brought her to my house, ready to have her meet my dog in a field across the street. My aunt who was going to hold my dog while I restrained the GS accidentally scared the GS with my dog and now all the GS wants to do is eat my dog for dinner. I don't know how to correct her behavior and she is glued to me so if she's in time out then so am i :/ Any advice will be greatly appreciated. (My dog is a westie)
I have them separated but its not fair to my dog because he has to be upstairs and the GS gets rein of the full downstairs because the downstairs is dog proof for the most part.
Oh geez..........................I don't have any advice as I have no experience with dogs. Just wanted to say that I am so sorry that you are having problems.
How long is the family going to be away? Could you kennel the dog temporarily?
yikes. you really should have had them meet way before the family went on vacation. there really is no behavior to correct as the GS is only acting like a dog. Is there any way you can contain both of them so they cannot contact each other but can see each other? how long will you have the dog? is the GS socialized with other dogs?
How about DAP - it's a room spray (or you can get a diffuser) that replicates calming pheromones in dogs. Might be worth a try. I don't have much experience with dogs, but can imagine how stressed you are..... good luck!
You were smart to try to introduce them out of the house, but it likely would have gone better if one of the dog's owners had been there. Once the GS feels more comfortable with you, you could try walking them together - meaning with a 2nd person holding the other leash, both walkers moving confidently. Dogs really pick up our cues, so if you are nervous around them, which is understandable, they will pick up on it. It might be too late for this visit, I know you don't want to risk anyone getting hurt.
I'm sorry you are going though this, it's so stressful.