TJ and I agreed to take on the challenge of dogsitting two medium sized dogs for the next nine days. Under 2 hours ago. The dogs have been here 30 minutes. They are pretty well behaved. Scout is quite upset.
When the dogs got here, Piper(the hyper one), set to exploring the house. Madison(the docile one) met Scout on the stairs. They sniffed each other and were fine. A little while later, Scout headed downstairs and Piper saw him and got excited, which scared scout, so he hissed and growled and got very defensive. Then he ran upstairs and hid. When he came out and I picked him up, I showed him Madison again and he hissed and growled. So he is now safe and sound in our room. We will keep him in there until the dogs go in their crate for the night and then let him have free reign. Hopefully he will not bother the dogs in the crate.
My question is --- what is the best way to try to get the animals used to each other? I want Scout to be able walk around freely as he normally does and I do not want the dogs in the crates unless absolutely necessary.
UPDATE -- TJ put the crate in the laundry room, which is off the kitchen. We can shut the door to the kitchen so while they are in the crate, Scout can walk around the rest of the house and not see the dogs. However, he has to come down off of my dresser before that!! LOL