Post # 1
Hi Hive! I have asked my immediate family for advice, but I know you bees have far more experience than they. We have one 4 year old Pit Bull Lilly and she is the center of our world. She goes most places with us and gets along with everyone. We have long been considering getting her a brother as she loves canine companionship and becomes sad after we leave a weekend at my MIL’s house where she plays with doggies all day. We had a meet and greet at a shelter with an amazing Pit-Lab mix, Jack. He’s already housetrained at 8 mos old and for a rescue, is very calm and would fit in great in our family, as he was already allowing Lilly to be pack leader.
But I cant stop thinking about how adding another (large) dog will totally change things for us. Double the hair, double the vet expenses (if not now, eventually). And most importantly as my mother likes to warn me, we’re planning to try for a baby soon. It will be much more difficult to handle a stroller and TWO dogs, traveling with two dogs and a baby in the backseat, etc. But I know people deal with this and mroe all the time. One side I am not sure if these concerns are preventing me from an amazing experience and the other is wondering why mess with somethign that works so well. So can any bees with two dogs tell me about their experience going from one to two pups, and if you have kids, I would love to hear how you handle that aspect. We need to make our minds up about Jack asap. The red nose is our Lilly and the brown/black is little Jack 🙂
Post # 3
I’m kindof in the same boat. We have one large dog, a greyhound, and he is awesome. We love him so much, he’s a great dog. He gets lonely when we’re at work (we even have a dog walker come) and I’ve thought a second dog would help him out. My husband is adamant, however, about NOT getting another dog. He says our greyhound is so good and so easy, and what if we ended up with a more difficult dog? Plus our greyhound takes up almost all the room in the back of the car (we also take him with us whenever we can). Now that we’re TTC I STILL think about getting another dog (and still sneakily check petfinder here and there- just to look haha) but we’re pretty set on just one for now, especially if we get pregnant soon. Maybe after we have a baby and I’m home more and see how it is I could talk my husband into another dog! I know I didn’t offer any insight…..but good luck with whatever you decide! Adopting dogs from a shelter is the way to go!
Post # 4
As much as I would LOVE 2 dogs (and love that you are adopting! Our lab is adopted, too!) I can’t imagine wrangling 2 dogs and a baby at the same time. How would that work in your car? You couldn’t have the dogs loose in the backseat w/ the baby – if you hit your brakes, even with most harnesses, the dog could stumble onto the baby and hurt it. If you had a 3-row SUV, it might work, though – or a large wagon that would fit 2 kennels plus a stroller in the backseat. What do you drive?
Also, Pit Bulls are not a great breed for 2-dog households. Most rescues recommend they be in single dog homes. Does the dog you’re considering have a history in a multi-dog home? They are amazing dogs, but they are more dominant than some other breeds, and don’t typically do well in multi-dog situations.
And lastly, what are your training goals? Can you get the new pup appropriately leash trained to heel completely on command/not lunge at other dogs etc before the baby arrives? If not, walking both of them together could be a struggle.
Post # 5
@prncss47: Doesn’t sound like a good idea to me. I lived with my parents for a while after having my daughter and they had two dogs….it was pure chaos. Honestly, not even worth it to me and we ended up putting one of the dogs in a new home. I wou;dn’t do it
Post # 6
It depends on the temperment of the dogs. Two terrible dogs wouldn’t work, but two balanced, well-behaved dogs would be fine. If you are a strong trainer, I say go for it. A pack of dogs is always a great addition to a home if you ask me 🙂
Post # 7
Honestly, after getting a puppy, I am going to feel like superwoman dealing with both him and a baby come April. I wouldn’t even consider another dog at this point if it were me.
Post # 8
@prncss47: The family you are supposed to have will come to you….I am a dog person, and have at times had four in my house…once you get one, adding more is kind of not a big adjustment IF:
The original dog is well behaved and has a good temperment
The owners are consistent and committed.
Dogs with babies…can’t really help you there, we’re childless by choice, but we do watch and care for all our neices and nephews of varying ages a lot of the time….and dogs and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly…
Then again, it just depends on what kind of dogs you have and how they deal with tiny people.
Post # 9
If you’re not pregnant yet you’ll have 9 months to a year to get the new dog trained and comfortable before the baby. I think you should absolutely give him a good home 🙂 Just make sure both dogs are good with babies first.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone for all the input! I should clarify, we plan to try in the next 1.5-2 years, so we have a solid 3 years until we have to worry about adding a baby to the mix. I guess my main concern is what life woudl be like for the next 15+ years with 2 dogs and a baby (which hopefully we will someday have).
Do any of you have experience with two dogs and a baby? how is it getting around, taking everyone in the car for a weekend trip to Grandma’s, walking a stroller with two leashes? Will I ever be able to take both pooches out alone, baby or not?
Post # 11
They are a lot of work, but I wanted them. I love having two dogs and would never have it any other way. My dogs were 4 and 2 when the baby was born so they were already housetrained and socialized with children. We did have to go back to training for a few issues that came about once the baby was born (jumping and protecting the carriage) but they have proven to be minor. You have to be willing to walk/exercise your dogs ever day or else you house will be crazy since now you will have two energetic dogs. I practiced with the carriage before the baby was born and after a couple times of having the baby I got used to it. It’s just an adjustement but if your dogs already walk well on a leash they will be fine with a carriage. I did buy a larger car. I would recommend a 3 row suv and keep the 3rd row down. This is the only way I found I was able to have trunk space for 2 dogs and a carriage. I do have one of the grates in the back so they can’t jump over the seat. I am a dog lover and couldn’t imagine my life any other way. DD’s first word was doggie and she loves them unconditionally as they love her. I grew up with a dog and have great memories and just hope the same for my children.
Post # 12
if you have 2-3 years potentially for the pups to adjust to home life I say go for it. Jack looks like a hunny of a dog!
Post # 13
I just saw your clarification – it could be 3 years or more before you actually had 2 dogs and a baby in the house, so I see no reason NOT to adopt that sweet guy! That is plenty of time for him to adjust and grow into a well mannered adult dog before you have a baby.
Will I ever be able to take both pooches out alone, baby or not? Absolutely! I have two and it’s really not that hard. My oldest is a hound and my youngest a terrier – their leash walking styles are NOT the same because my hound has to stop and sniff everything but my youngest wants to run! So we compromise. We jog the first half of our walks and then we leisurely stroll back. Also, for your future concerns, I have seen a cool thing where you can hook the two leashes to the stroller and either have one dog on each side or both trailing the stroller, whatever style you prefer. That way your hands are technically free. Obviously they have to be good walkers for this to work safely, but again, you have plenty of time to prep them for that.
I’ll admit that I personally am a huge advocate of adopting/rescuing, and he just looks so sad. 🙁 I also have two rescue dogs though, both of which will end up being at least 5 or so before we add a baby. I think as long as dogs are socialized and well-trained there should be no issues. There are lots of resources that teach and tell you about how to prep dogs for new babies WHEN you get to that point as well.
Post # 14
I have a baby and I had two large mixed breed dogs, now one as my old guy passed away from old age. I think the decision is really based on you and how much chaos you want to have all at the same time! It’s much harder and more expensive having two dogs than one in general, and the baby just makes it more complex. But it’s certainly not impossible – you can use slings rather than strollers for walking, and I would recommend a car or SUV with back space for the dogs, since it’s super chaos if they’re all in the back together since there’s so much gear on top of everything else. It’s def more challenging but certainly not impossible and there is a lot of joy to it too, if you don’t mind the extra work!
Post # 15
@prncss47: Oh! If it’s going to be three more YEARS before a baby happens, I need to change my vote from HELL NO to go for it!
Post # 16
Thank you ladies for all the additional comments after my clarification. I read them all carefully and will pass them on to my hubby to take into consideration as well!