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I will be pet sitting tomorrow for a sweet Golden Retriever named Brandy

Sofia and Brandy play well together outside, and I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on how to introduce the girls to the inside of the house.

Sofia is territorial regarding her toys, chews, sofa, and especially her people. She's made it clear on several occasions that she prefers to be an only child. I don't want to keep both kids outside all day, and am wondering if there's a special technique I should use in making sure neither one gets into a snit while hanging out inside my house.

Brandy has just lost her sister of two years, ( a fourteen year old Doxie) and is grieving. She is another rescue and a bit neurotic, lovable but very very needy.

Any suggestions would be so appreciated.

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Katie it's late, but I'm thinking I would treat as I might If they were kids. Diffuse Sofia by letting her be first with her possessions, and then encouraging her to share. ? IDK late night thought ))

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Sofias Divaness with Brandy shouldn't be tolerated and I'd just make sure you have control of the situation. Since Sofia is a resource guarded (very common with rescues who have gone without!) I'd hide all toys, chews and keep them away. If I were you I'd have each dog leashed the first day home. Tie Brandy to a chair and give her a place with her own bed and keep Sofia leashed with you so you control them stayin out of each others space. Backyard is good, but watch Sofia. If she gets annoyed or wants time alone, leash up and give her time one on one with you.

I'm sure you will be fine, you're a savy owner who knows her Divas moods better than anyone. The less you make of it, the less they will!!

Hope that suggestion helps, and who knows, she may be just fine!

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I love your suggestions and advice Jes, always so practical :)

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I have no advice...only requesting pictures!   Hope it goes well!

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Is this the Brandy of the Crystal & Brandy duo?

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Do you have a baby gate, or a way to separate rooms?  I would do it that way.  Introducing dogs on leash can escalate their excitement.  If you're sure they're going to be fine, just trying to be careful, both on leash would be ok.  If you're not sure what's going to happen, and if you think they may get a little worked up, leash is not the way to go.  If you're not sure how they would react, I would start out with having them separated by some barier, guaging their reactions, and if all seems ok remove the gate.

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Thank You everyone for your support.

Barb, I appreciate your comments.. and oh my goodness girl, you ARE a night owl aren't you!!

Jess, I will keep leashes at the ready and have planned to pick up all 'personal belongings' before the arrival of Miss Brany at noon.

Kevin, There's no way to separate the kids as our current house is an open plan with no doors other than a small powder room on the first floor.

Chris, I promise to take pictures.. Brandy is an escape artist and it might make an interesting shot of her trying to scale the fence...

 

Marti.. this is indeed the Brandy of the "Janice and Honey" story... You have a remarkable memory...

( Not much has changed as far as the behavior and or outfits of said characters)

Love you guys! You're the best!

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Just remember when leashed it's so they aren't in each other's spaces, so no sniffing or meet and greets.  I find the tie downs work well in my house when I have multiple dogs that don't always get along, so I think in your case since you have no other means to keep them seperate, it should work though Kevin has a point that some will have leash aggression.

I wouldn't hand out any treats either Kate.. sometimes that gets them fussy with each other.. and at meals maybe feed Ms. Brandy outside or in a bathroom while you offer Sofia her meal.

And thanks Sian.. I often only share the things that have worked for me in the past and I appreciate that you find it practical and helpful.  I always do!! ;)

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REPRIEVE...  At least until Tuesday... My neighbors decided that Friday was really not a good day to cross the border and try to get home before dark.. they're right..it can get dicey on the weekend. 

So now I can take more time to plan for our house guest..It's not an overnighter... I just want both Sofia and Brandy comfortable in each other's houses rather than just the back yards..that way we can trade off pet sitting rather than hire the nanny..

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Well, that's good.  Repitition will get Sofia used to her house guest.  My dogs are used to their visitors and the ones that come more often (my parents dogs) fall into our routine wonderfully.

Just make your precautions, pre-plan as much as possible, and just be prepared to watch them.  Spend as much time outside as you can so they can develop some communication and then ease into the house and see how it goes.

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Katie- it was 109 in Wichita Falls today. Night time is the only time to be awake for this wimpy girl.
I'm liking everyone's suggestions much better than mine! Will be thinking about you girls on Tuesday!