How long should we wait to adopt?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: When should we bring in another puppy?
    Once your DH gets home so they're close in age : (7 votes)
    70 %
    Wait till the dog is 2 years or older : (2 votes)
    20 %
    . : (1 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 4
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I don’t have a strong opinion because I’ve never had two dogs at once, but I would say wait until puppy is older (but well socialized with all ages of dogs!). I’ve heard that puppies can learn habits/manners from established house dogs.

    For example we rescued our dog when he was 2, and the foster lady said he never really had to be taught where to potty – he just followed the others (it sounded like there was a whole pack for him to learn from).

    Post # 5
    2694 posts
    Sugar bee

    We’re waiting until ours is two. He’s a bit rough right now (he’s 16 months) so I’m worried about him being too much for a puppy. I think you should wait until you get your puppy and see.

    Post # 7
    11589 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    We got out first dog in 2011 and our second this year. It was different for us though, since our first was an adult, and our second was a puppy. The best thing to so is socialize your new puppy to dogs of all ages as he/she grows up. That way once he reaches adult hood a new dog won’t be so surprising, and he will know how to get along with said dog better. 

    Post # 9
    5905 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @Payless:  What breed is the first puppy?

    Post # 11
    5905 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @Payless:  Groovy!

    As someone who actually rocked a house of 4 dogs at one time, I can tell you the idea of building a pack of like minded dogs or even the same breed, is a common one….but I honestly wouldn’t recommend it.

    With no planning and a large amount of faith, we had a yellow lab, a great pyrenese, a greyhound and a chihuahua all running loose in the joint…and if it sounds nuts, let me tell you…IT WAS.

    But it was also amazingly awesome…because the 99 Boys rounded each other out, no two from the same group and what distilled from that combination was the most chilled out, well behaved, loving, functional, totally together dog pack I’ve ever seen…they weren’t territorial, aggressive or disobedient…they were a pack…and it kicked ass.

    I’d throw a wrench in that herding urge and toss pointer or setter into the mix, anything but another herding dog…they’ll herd the two of you…and dogs aren’t like kids, having two little ones at the same time doesn’t mean twice the work…they sooth each other, teach each other and help the other one out…I’d get them as close together as possible.


    Post # 13
    5905 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @Payless:  One dog ain’t a dog…its a cat that looks like a dog. 

    Dogs are pack animals and benefit from the dynamics and security of it, pecking order is HUGE…and Mr. 99 OWNS all that the dogs can see, they believe the sun rises because he allows it and then the greyhound reigned supreme over all, the lab was his henchman with the chihuahua and the pyrenese was the submissive.

    If you get them both at the same time, they’ll be getting a head start on who goes where, and they NEED TO DO THAT, equailty does not benefit a pack…its ok for one to be dominant, not aggressive.

    I only have one piece of advice, the right dog will find you, and you’ll just know it…I did with all of ours and people looked at us like we were crazy….and then they’d bring their jacked up dog to our house, plug it in to pack and watch their REAL dog in action 30 minutes later….powerful stuff my dear, the power of the pack.

    Post # 14
    6959 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’d just wait and see how your dog’s behavior is once your DH comes home. If he’s still a crazy bouncing teenager, it’s probably best to wait a bit. Some dogs really take their time maturing and I think it’s best not to add another puppy until the first one is settled down a bit.

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