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    Default Foster pups and resident dog

    Our 4th foster pup left to her forever home today. I can cope with saying goodbye and letting go quite well because I know it's the best for all concerned.

    But I always feel dreadfully guilty about taking Banjo's playmate away. Especially as it takes her a week of being very worried after they first arrive, with growling and snapping and not wanting to share anything (especially not me) before she warms to them.

    To those who foster dogs, do you do anything to make this transition easier for your dog?

    I know Banjo will be very excited to go for bike rides again, something I very rarely do with her when we have fosters. But that's about the only advantage to her that I can see...

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    No idea.

    I spent some time schmoozing with a GAP greyhound at the Royal Adelaide Show on Friday... while her carer tried to talk me into fostering... I said I didn't think that my dog would be that keen. Well I can't be sure but ... erm...

    The only way I can think of to make things easier for your dog is to make sure she gets heaps of good things for being nice to the new dog. All nice - not mean then nice.

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    I'm OK with managing the arrival of a new pup now. It's not ideal, but my strategy at least prevents escalations and also keeps the humans calm.

    It's the pup leaving that I struggle with most as far as the effect on Banjo goes.

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