Sending out an SOS!

Readers….bloggers…friends…fellow doggie parents…H-E-L-P!

A previous foster dog of mine, Petey, is having some issues, and I am coming to you for some advice! If you have followed his adoption story, you will remember that he was adopted by my brother. This means that I often get updates, and hear how he is doing…but the last couple of updates haven’t been great. (Read Petey’s story HERE.)

Long story short, my brother’s girlfriend recently moved in, along with her two cats. Petey doesn’t seem to mind the cats, he never charges them, chases them, etc. And Daphne is great to Petey, giving him lots of love and attention. However, since their arrival, he has been acting out. He is getting out of his crate, getting on furniture, walks out of the room when the cat(s) comes in…So, we are pretty sure this is jealousy-related. (FYI-Petey can NOT be left out of the crate, because if there is a rain storm, he destroys things.)

My brother has already started doing some research, and I have as well. It definitely seems to be a “real” issue. So, while we will keep on researching to look for a way to help Petey adjust, I thought I’d ask all of you if you’ve had any experience with this.

Please comment below with any suggestions, tips, advice, etc. We appreciate your help!


5 thoughts on “Sending out an SOS!”

  1. I don’t know if it’s as much jealousy as Petey acting out because his life has once again changed. Dogs want stability and rescue dogs want it more than most. Petey needs to know that he is not in jeopardy, that he can count on his life. Routine is very important, and letting Petey know he is loved is critical. Lots of attention will help, as will sticking to routines and giving him time to adjust.

  2. I’m not sure how much this will help but I know that dogs are all about routines and when they get thrown out of whack they can get a little temperamental. So my best advice is to start a routine that includes one on one time, time in his crate and activities that will tire him both mentally and physically and stick with it as best you can to help him calm down. It might take a little while but I’d think it would help.

    1. thanks for the tips! They’ve gotten a new, different kind of crate, and are giving him one on one time, as well as alone time. They are also not allowing him to be bratty & walk out of the room when the cats come in. All of this, with sticking to his normal routines, will hopefully help him adjust! 🙂

  3. Hi I have 5 dogs all rescued. They want attention all of them. I sit and start feeding them while all are around me, so they understand that I love all of them. Also I love, kiss and play with them all at the same time. I don’t want any of them to think that is less important to me or I don’t love him. My babies are my life. I think You can do the same with cats and dogs together, too.

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