Tips on getting a second dog?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsPanda99:  You’re dog savvy enough to know what sort of energy level/affection level you’re looking for 🙂

My biggest suggestion is to take your existing dog to meet a potential new dog in neutral territory.  We did this when we got our second and third dogs, as well as when we brought the baby home.

They get to check each other out while no one is ‘protecting their turf’ and you can evaluate their interaction without any distractions.  They get to bring a friend home instead of having a strange dog thrust upon their existing space. 

Post # 4
2372 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

Agree with Dane Lady!

Neutral territory is great.  My families three dachshunds immediately accepted my DH and I’s new dachshund Jax in the spring.  And we recently got Jax a new little sister.  We knew he had separation “concerns”, and we got her for him to have company when we are gone at work.  He got used to her within about a week!  Now they play all the time, she likes to snuggle next to him when she sleeps/naps, and he is doing so much better when we leave them.  Good luck to you!

Post # 6
2372 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

@MrsPanda99:  I definitely understand that!

Our dog Jax was part of a home that had an older, big dog, and then the family rescued a German Shephard. The GS just wanted to play with Jax, but he played WAY too rough and ended up hurting Jax, so they had to keep him separate. That and the fact that when the daughter got a cat Jax tried to kill it on numerous occaisions is why they gave him up.

So sometimes when Jax meets a new, big dog, he does the same thing, is aggressive right off the bat, barks a lot, etc.  But he did so well with our families dachshunds (must have been like “look they are just like me! Cool!”) and he did so well with the puppy because she’s smaller too.  We actually gave Jax a little MORE attention than the puppy at first, since she was just bouncing around playing and we did that to ensure Jax was still feeling important lol.  It seemed to work out! You sound like such an attentive pet parent that I am sure when you pick out his new sister you’re going to know what types of personalities/attributes will match your current dog!

Post # 7
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MrsPanda99:  I adopted a dachshund from my sil about 4 months ago. Before we brought her home we were visiting them for a few days. It does take them awhile to adjust. But now they are best buds and play alot. I have 2 females. 1 jack/pug cross and 1 daschund. Good luck with your new puppy.

Post # 8
2150 posts
Buzzing bee

@MrsPanda99:  Try bringing something of the new dog into your home for your Boxer to check out- like a blanket or toy. Let your dog sniff it and see what he thinks. Keep it around for a couple days. 

Then, bring your doggy and the new one to a neutral place to meet for the first time. Since your dog already knows the new dog’s smell, he’ll be like “Oh yeah, I remember you!” and that should help ease any tension!

Post # 10
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

My only tip, like PPs said, is to make sure to introduce the two dogs in a neutral area. If you introduce them in your house then your boxer will probably get territorial, and it may lead to fighting that is difficult to get under control. My parents didn’t realize that the dogs would get territorial, so they just brought a new dog into the house, and now the new dog is always picking on the older dogs because she wants to insert herself in what she feels will always be “their place.” 

Post # 11
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The only thing I would say is be careful on the type of female dog you get.  Some dogs are more likely than others to have incontinence issues. Ours is a lab who was spayed at a rescue very early and now has to be on Incurine forever to help her from peeing in the house (she didn’t know she was doing it).  Also, our female humps the male, she’s the alpha dog lol (and the younger), but does it playfully.  I think you are responsible puppy parents and will have a great time with two doggies!

Post # 12
2593 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would NOT get a puppy.  You already have one dog with issues, you don’t want a young puppy taking its cues from him.  I would search for a female boxer or boxer mix around his age and energy level.  Boxers are pretty easy to find in rescue in most areas, and I know there are boxer breed rescues in most states.

Also, is your dog still intact?  I wouldn’t bring home ANY dog until he was fixed.

Post # 13
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t want to put a downer on what might well work perfectly for you but tonight I have just said goodnight, for the last time, to my beautiful 10 month old pup who is going to a new home tomorrow because the two-dog situation just didn’t work out for us. Not because my older dog could not accept him but because it became painfully obvious that the pup cannot share a home with another dog and it is only by good fortune and prompt intervention that my older dog has not been seriously injured or killed.

We are fortunate that his breeder has been so supportive and responsible because it is through her efforts that the pup is going to what will be the perfect forever home for him too. So despite my heart breaking at saying goodbye to him, I know he will do well with his new human who is experienced with the breed and will ensure that pup lives in a one-dog home. The pup, incidentally, gets on just fine with other dogs he meets outside the house and in all other ways is a bright, easily trained, loving and happy little chap. He just has a terrifying high level of territorial aggression when faced with having to live with another dog.

How did this sad situation occur? Well I thought I’d done all the right things. Before getting the pup I made sure that my older dog was accepting of other dogs in his home by providing a holiday home for friend’s dogs who came to stay for several days at a time. All went fine. My older dog is a friendly, easy going chap who shared nicely and loved the company.

I then chose a well bred puppy from a reputable breeder. I know his parents and siblings and visited him several times in his breeder’s house before he came to me at 10 weeks old. My dog accepted him happily and the pup settled down quickly. All went well until puberty kicked in when pup first started to behave aggressively towards my older dog. Pup was castrated on my vet’s advice and we hoped it had been a teenage blip. It hadn’t. Because as the pup got more mature he got ever less prepared to accept the presence of my older dog in the home and he attacked him with increasing ferocity. A ferocity combined with unpredictability which made any sort of effective training very difficult indeed. My older dog became terrified of the pup and fell into what I can only describe as a frightened and deep depression. Even if the pup was safely separated away from him, he could not relax because he clearly feared an ambush at any time.

What have I learned from this? Well for starters, not to assume that the older (or first) dog will be the one that causes any problems or disharmony. Also that I shall never again get two dogs of the same breed (in this case Jack Russell Terriers) or the same sex. Instead, and only if I ever feel my older dog could cope, I would likely choose a gun dog breed – probably a spaniel and certainly get a female.

If you already have a fear aggressive dog, MrsPanda99 then I strongly advise very careful introductions and perhaps, if possible, arrange to have a dog to stay for a vacation break, say, so that you can observe how your dog reacts before you commit yourself.  Boxers (a breed I love) are generally not as feisty as terriers but you won’t want your older boy made more fearful by the introduction of a dog that is too full on for him. Puppies can be a lot for an older dog to cope with so as a pp has said, perhaps consider a dog of similar age. But do ensure that you don’t introduce another dog with known issues into the house. 

Only I’d hate for you to be feeling like me right now as I prepare to say farewell to my beautiful pup who I love so very much and who I had expected to share many happy years with. 

Post # 15
2535 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our Alaskan malamute was about 6 months when we decided she needed a friend. we did 4 interviews till we found her perfect match . A 3 year old German Shepard who is perfect for her and us in everyway. 

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