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Hi everyone,

So we've been a foster family for about 1 and 1/2 years now and have had 20 dogs pass through our home. When we first started fostering, Pilot, our personal dog, was a push over with the new dogs. Now he is becoming more alpha and has started doing things like mounting, etc. Pilot has always been a people dog and could care less about other canines. Tonight when he and the 5 month old foster puppy were playing, her teeth got stuck on his collar. They both freaked and then started fighting. We were finally able to unsnap his collar, but I was bitten in the process. He seems a little traumatized and this has happened before with other fosters....

I guess my question is do you think these experiences are negatively affecting him and we need to stop fostering?

I'm a bit overwhelmed at the moment because I just want what's best for him and I don't want to ruin my perfect companion. He enjoys have the dogs around sometimes, but other times just gets a bit fed up.
 

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Don't know if he's going alpha or not - maybe more just wanting you guys. While NO rescue could function without loving fosters like yourselves if there is ANY doubt on whether or not your heart dog is being affected by the comings and goings then I think you need to re-evaluate fostering - at least on a full time basis.
 

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How long are you going in between fosters? If you are doing them back to back, he may be feeling alittle insecure. The incident you described happening with the collar doesnt sound like a foster dog/your dog incident. I think it would happen with any two dogs. They get scared and panic. Now if there is fighting between most of the fosters and Pilot, I would definetely take a break. You can still be involved in other ways with the rescue like transports, picking dogs up at shelters, doing events.
 

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I'd also take a look at the "type" of dog you're fostering...if you've been doing young & wild perhaps your boy would like a more mellow foster
 

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I agree with Carol. A break may be needed - 20 dogs in 1 1/2 years is a lot of changes for your dog. He has had to adapt and share a whole lot.

I found that I needed to take a break when my permanent dog became extremely depressed on the loss of a foster he really loved. After a few weeks I went to fostering seniors and that has worked very well. Possibly too well. I adopted them!
 

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Bless you for doing the work that you do.
Perhaps a break of a couple of months in between each dog you foster? Foster space is so hard to come by but this may also get the organization you work with to look for more great people who are willing to do this.
 
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