Doggie Sleepover

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-26-2005
Doggie Sleepover
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Sat, 08-24-2013 - 4:34pm

Hello.

Tomorrow night we're hosting a doggie sleepover.  Some friends are moving across the country, and passing through our city.  The humans are staying at another friends' rented house, but pets aren't allowed there.  Therefore, their canine family member is going to sleep over here with us and Fiona.  

Generally Fiona does great with other dogs on mutual territory.  She does freak out though when a dog walks past her property that she doesn't know, so I'm afraid that she's certainly going to freak out when a dog enters her property that she doesn't know.  Any suggestions how to make her a welcoming host to our guest?  His mom and dad say that he's very good with other dogs.  He's five years old, loves to play, is a mixed breed of many things, but about the same size as our 1.5 year old pitbull mix, Fiona.  She too, loves to play!  

Thanks for any advice you can give us.  He's coming tomorrow night!  

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Mon, 08-26-2013 - 12:29pm

Oh....I'm so sorry I didn't see this sooner.  The "only" day I'm not here is Sunday....and your post came in after I had left my Studio.

How did the "meet and greet" go?

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-26-2005
Mon, 08-26-2013 - 2:15pm

It's okay!  The stop here got postponed.  Apparently it's hard to plan a trip cross country and know which days you're going to be where.  Supposedly, they're coming tonight.  Any tips? :)

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Tue, 08-27-2013 - 11:14am

Well...if they haven't already arrived....I would have the dogs meet outside, on leash, before bringing the other dog into Fiona "domain".  Once you have them meet and sniff....then bring them both inside.

Give each of them the same attention, as much as possible.  Be sure to keep Fiona's toys away from the other dog....just in case she gets a bit possessive.  And, try not to leave them alone if you can...just in case.

You know how dogs play...there may be a bit of growling and nipping but as long as you don't see a complete slaughter...I'm sure you'll be OK....LOL...

Let us know how it goes....

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-26-1999
Wed, 08-28-2013 - 12:41am

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