This past weekend, we had the pleasure of watching a friend of ours, Koda. I love Koda because, well, he is pretty much a fluffy version of Maggie.
Obsessed with balls and toys? Check.
Likes to be the dog in charge? Check.
Is a bit demanding? Check.
Unfortunately for Koda, Maggie does not really enjoy having her fluffy twin around.
The last time we looked after Koda, I committed the cardinal sin of petting him before Maggie when I came home from work. Maggie instantly tried to start a dog fight. Well, she snapped and aggressed toward Koda, he told her off quickly and backed away. I intervened and all was fine in our household.
Until the next time I came home. Even though I was careful not to pay any attention to Koda before Maggie, she did the same thing. And the time after that. And the time after that. Since I knew it was going to happen, I started ignoring both of them when I came home and instantly intervened when Maggie got bitchy.
Other than Maggie's snarkiness when I arrived home, we spent the rest of the weekend in peace. Sadie lurves her some Koda and flirted with him as much as possible. It's funny how dogs defy our expectations. Sadie has never been overly fond of male dogs at the dog park but with Koda, we saw a spunky side of Sadie that we'd never seen before - she even wanted to wrestle with him! Unfortunately for her, Koda was more interested in a ball or hanging out with the Hubster than loving up on Sadie, no matter how closely she shadowed him all weekend long.
Even though watching Koda was not without its trying moments (thanks, Maggie), he is a doll to be around and I value the experience my dogs gain, specifically Maggie who needs to learn how to peacefully co-exist with dogs she's not overly fond of. I was happy with how they all did this weekend - Koda was much better this second time around focusing all his attention on the Hubster and letting Maggie have me to herself and towards the end of the weekend, I saw some definite communication between the two that seemed to be geared towards acceptance. They may never be the best of friends but eventually, Koda will be able to hang out and Maggie will be able to hang out and I won't have to watch them closely for signs of a pending snark-off.
Have you ever fostered or watched after a dog that your own did not particularly like? What did you do to make co-existence peaceful?