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    Default My first foster arrives tomorrow : D

    Hi all sorry it's been awhile since i've been to the forum. Anyway just wanted to share that i have my first foster arriving tomorrow by the name of Diesel a 3 year old lab. EEEK! I'm excited, yet a little nervous (mostly because i'm scared of becoming a failed foster.. it you know what i mean) Anyway any advice? A little nervous as he is a Lab which i've never had to deal with before & i know they can be destructive so it'll be a huge change from Molly. I've got him new bowls, collar and a lead, and am borrowing a large kennel (he will be outdoors when i'm at work incase he's a chewer) lots of toys (probably will get destroyed but oh well) a paddling pool, and a clam shell which i'm going to fill with some sand or dirt, keep him entertained.

    Also i'm unsure of whether i should have him on a BARF diet like Molly, or feed him regular food? Since were not his forever home, not everybody can handle a raw diet for their pet... though i would like it to be a requirement, but ultimately once he's found a new home i can't exactly monitor what they're going to feed him...

    I'll post some pics once i get my arms around him

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    Good luck with your new foster.

    Try your best not to be a foster failure, I've lost two foster carers this year when they fell in love with the foster dog. Great for them and the dog, not so good as I'm struggling to find other foster carers.

    I've got a nice little routine going with the foster dogs that come here, all it needs is tweaking to suit the individual. What I do have that I couldn't do without is a couple of separate areas so my dogs can meet and get used to the foster dog thru the safety of mesh fencing for the first day or two.

    But basically I treat the fosters the same as my own.

    If raw is easy for you then that's what I would do or a combination.

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    Good luck! I will be starting fostering soon too.
    No one loves you like your dog does.

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    Hope it all goes well.
    Can't wait to see the photos!
    And.., good on you for giving a rescue dog another chance.

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    Was a very emotional goodbye for the previous owners. Basically they've moved into a new rental and have been told for months by the landlord that they would be getting a fence put around the property and they've come to the conclusion that it's not fair that he stays chained up in the backyard anymore. They also live adjacent a motorway and they're afraid if he ever managed to break the chain (which he's done before) that he wouldn't stand a chance. I didn't realize just how hard it was for them to have to give him up

    Anyway he's a typical Lab, very boisterous, and i'm having to fill up his water bowl every 5 minutes as he thinks he can swim in it! and for that reason alone he's staying OUTSIDE! He could definitely benefit with some training, he's a jumper and pulls on the lead (very, very strong boy). I was told he is great with cats, but that is not the case so i will have to make sure to seperate. Molly is not a fan, too boisterous for her, but that'll come with time but they will be separated when nobody is home.

    Little concerned as i've heard nothing from the rescue i'm fostering for, and i've had to go to previous owners home to pick him up? They haven't even let me know where we go from here, but he is already advertised on their website.

    I've managed to click a few photo's but he's a very hard boy to get a portrait of! I think he's still to excited exploring the backyard and splashing around the paddling pool

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    The white patch next to his eye is an infected hot spot

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    Handsom little man! Must have been so hard for his owners to give him up though, but it sounds like they have done the right thing for him.

    What rescue is he through?

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    If it's a small rescue, the people running it are often so busy that they just don't have time to give much support to their carers. Ideally it wouldn't be so, but I think it's just the reality of working with volunteer-run organisations. The big ones usually have more defined roles for their volunteers and thus they tend to put more effort into supporting their carers.

    So you might well have to organise everything yourself from here. Just make sure that you know what the process is for prospective adopters. I got taken completely off guard when my first foster kittens were adopted and it ended up costing the rescue org the adoption fee. Now I try to have all the paperwork ready before the first meet and greets.

    He appears to be in good shape. If you like treading training books (I love 'em, though haven't read many) I just posted a review on the 'Chill out Fido' book which would be quite useful for a boisterous dog. One of the reasons why I bought it is because I intend to foster a dog after we move into our own house and I want to try skill up in case they are out of control dogs.

    Enjoy getting to know your guest! Moving house is very stressful for dogs so he is probably reacting to stress right now too. I hope he calms down a bit with Molly and the cats.

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    Lovely boy!

    Riley J mentioned coconut oil for general sores on dogs so I tried it.
    Snoopy had an awful hotspot on his face and it cleared it up fairly quickly.
    I had betadine but had to chase him round and round the lounge as he can smell
    it from a mile away.
    He really loves the aroma of coconut oil so it was a lot easier to just use that.

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    Thanks everybody for the advice & support.

    I have sent an email through to the co-ordinator with some of my questions and concerns. One of my concerns are if i have any say on where he goes or do they decide? i would like the opportunity to be able to choose who he ends up with.

    In regards to the hot spots i have been given oral medication and cream from the previous owners from their vet so i will see how that works but thanks for the coconut oil suggestion! The vet also told him he is a little overweight and his coat is a little dry, but other than that he is in excellent shape.

    I actually went out and bought a couple of dog rolls, new toys, collar, brushes, big bag of biscuits, bowls... unaware that he was coming with his own stuff lol. So i can put that stuff away for the next foster. The previous owners were truly lovely people and i felt bad that i judged them before i even met them. They've asked for updates and if they can ring me in a couple of days to see how he's going.

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    Hi, grats on your decision to be a foster carer, Australia always needs more people who can rehome the thousands of great dogs who are unwanted. I recommend you invest in a labrador-sized crate, as it can be very useful when you don't trust a dog's housetraining.

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