While there are many different ways to do this, we encourage you always introduce animals on neutral territory, avoiding nose-to-nose contact as the first way of meeting. Give the dogs a chance to sniff each other from behind. Keep both dogs on a leash until you have seen how they will interact in this new setting. The key is to go slowly and supervise until both animals are comfortable with each other.
Another way to introduce your foster dog to your resident dog is to go for a walk as soon as you bring your new foster home. This will tire out both animals and associate the other animal with something they like; walks!
Your foster dog should always be fed in a crate. Foster dogs should be fed away from other dogs until you know how they react with food. Be sure dogs do not interfere with each other or children during feeding.
The key is to be confident and calm. If you are calm, your foster and resident dog will stay calm. Both will look to you for cues on how to proceed in this new situation. By staying calm you are letting the dogs know that this is a good situation.
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