How can I help my foster German Shepherd Dog chill out, have fun, move past an abusive past, and find a forever home?
Last week I asked this
question, and I was unable to find a foster family for the senior-ish German Shepherd I found running around a park. He ended up on the high alert list, and I picked him up from the shelter on Tuesday.
Things have been . . . all right. Not terrible.
-He's housebroken! No accidents inside and reliable pooping and peeing outside. Hurrah!
-Not terribly destructive
-Once he bonds to me, I think he will be a total sweetie pie.
-I took him to the vet, and he's pretty healthy.
-Cute cute cute
-He is very anxious. Panting, pacing anxious.
-He jumps up on me when I come home, and he's a big boy. And I'm a small person. Not really a big deal, and I figure it's early to really do much training, but any suggestions for now?
-He's not really eating.
-He is a little restless at night, and while he's not sleeping in my bed, I'd like him to get used to sleeping in my room. Honestly, in just two nights he's improved enormously.
-He needs some dental help according to the vet. Worried about $.
-He follows me, and my roommate, through any door. Getting out the door to work has been a bit of a challenge.
And now, the super bad:
My roommate was really gung ho about bringing him in, but didn't tell me that she's allergic to dogs and that she'd never lived with a dog before. I made sure that she was on board with my dog rescue mission, and I have not asked her to do anything other than keep the bathroom door closed. I talked to her last night, and she said that he's "a bit much," "smell bad," and "she's just not an animal person." Wait - what?
I told her that I'm trying to find a home for him, but I'm pretty much stuck with him at this point and wouldn't have brought him home without her permission. I've also given her the okay to lock him the spare room if he's bugging her, and if I'm home, I keep him occupied and out of her face. But the big problem is that she doesn't like dogs, and led me to believe otherwise before I made a financial and emotional commitment to this dog.
I leave him at home when I'm at work, but I've been taking him on long walks (40+ minutes) every morning and evening, with some running. He's not a good running partner yet, and he might be too old for that.
I'm trying to find a home for him, but in the meantime, how do I make sure he's a happy dog and my roommate is a happy person?