on the best way to introduce the 2. We are adopting a dog from a prison dog program. He is a yellow male lab a little over a year old. We will be going to get him on Saturday so any opinions or advice would be greatly appreciated. I don't post very much but I learn alot from reading all the great info that is posted here. I am including a link to pictures of Toby for anyone who wants to look at him. Thanks in advance.
Awww...he's wicked cute! Congratulations!
He is adorable. I love the glasses. Good luck and post lots of pics of both of them as soon as you can.
He's beautiful! Congrats!!!
I would say to first introduce them in a neutral location. Local park, beach, etc. Do you know if he's had exposure to other dogs? Most likely you'll be able to tell right away, if he's tolerant of other dogs. However, remember that within 2 weeks of his comfort zone in his new home, things can/may change. It's a work in progress introducing adult dogs -
Best of luck!!!!! Keep us posted!!!
Brenda from Connecticut
Wishing you good luck !
Congratulations. I believe another of our members (BudGirl8?) has a dog from a prison dog program.
I agree with allowing them to meet on neutral territory. In reality, assuming they are both friendly and have good temperaments, they will probably be fine wherever you introduce them but allowing them to meet on neutral territory is better just in case.
Toby is adorable! Congrats and good luck.
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Nikki 6 months
OOH!! He's cute!!! Congrats!!!
I do have a prison program dog, and think the programs are GREAT. I'm assuming the programs are generally the same everywhere so he's probably well socialized and used to being introduced to new dogs all the time.
I don't know Toby's personality, but let me tell you how things went with Billie. She is extremely confident. Extremely. She has no fear.
My dad adopted her for me as a birthday gift. I had a list of dogs that I wanted him to look at from the Colorado Women's Prison program, and he spent the day at the facility "interviewing" the dogs for me. I trusted his judgement as he raised and trained Labs for hunting since I was a little kid. He picked Billie. He took her home, where he has a neutered male chocolate Lab, a neutered male Greyhound/Husky mix and an intact Pit Bull. Not exactly neutral territory to make introductions but because Billie was so used to being introduced to new dogs because the program rotates dogs in and out all the time...she walked right in, made friends and was zooming around the house playing chase and bitey face in about 10 minutes.
If Toby is confident and friendly, and Boomer is not territorial, they should be ok. Short bursts of time together followed by timeouts in crates may be necessary since they're both male. I don't know if that'll be an issue or not. Sometimes it is, sometimes not.
If you have any questions, feel free to PM me. I really love the prison dog programs. That'll be where I get my next dog too.
Congratulations! Toby looks beautiful! I'm sure they will get along.
Kudos to whomever started the prisoner dog programs.