I've been minding my friends' lab for the past 5 days. And we have a foster pup too. I decided I cannot cope with 3 dogs! Our house is so tiny too. And the dogs have the annoying habit of play fighting in the doorway or the corridor and I have to basically walk into them to make them move as they don't respond to verbal pleas to get the hell out of my way.
Then there's the interesting experience of walking them. I've been walking Banjo and the pup off leash for the past 2 weeks. And I used to walk my dog and the lab together when we lived together. But all three. Ouch! The first morning, Banjo and the pup ganged up on the lab and I had to sternly talk (read: yell) at Banjo to give it a rest. Fortunately I only have to tell her once. I ended up having to put the pup on the lead though because she was pretty much hanging off the lab's neck as she was running. Only when she got a bit tired, did she finally give up.
The lab is like velcro inside the house (and knocks everything of tables with her tail) and outside she is very rude with treats. Of course. When I call all 3 dogs to me (like when I spotted a kangaroo yesterday morning) she will try to snatch the treats for the other dogs out of my hand. She also doesn't know how to take treats gently.
Then this morning, my dog decided to match the other dogs' annoying traits by indulging in her only bad habit: she jumped all over another dog owner in the dog park like a frigging lunatic. And also had a go at their dog, but backed off immediately when I called her.
It's chaos! To be honest, I look forward to just having one dog again. I'm thinking of moving to a townhouse and that will mean the end of fostering. I'm not too sad about the prospect.