(Closed) For those of you with two or more dogs

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m with you. We have littermates (NOT my idea!) and separating them is just about impossible. The one I’ll take for a walk, etc., is fine, but the one I leave at home will just sit at the door and cry, even if someone else is home. We haven’t tried to much while Darling Husband is at home, so I’ve been thinking about trying to take one to an agility training class and leaving her brother here with Darling Husband (she’s more my dog and he’s more his). Hopefully the separation will help build confidence!

Is there something like that you could try? Maybe even taking one to run errands for a bit while your hubs is at home with the other? Even just a short walk or a car ride around the neighborhood, if done enough, might be helpful

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We have two dogs and our older one has always been the shy serious one, even with obedience classes, doggy daycare, off leash parks. She loves other dogs but strange people are just a no go. It’s been cute because since we got our puppy she has really come out of her shell, she is FAR more friendly when she has the happy-go-lucky, outgoing puppy around.

I guess I don’t know why you need to separate them? I think that this attachment is pretty typical pack behavior. If it’s to excess then I guess I would just practice taking her out on her own more often. That said, I’m not a dog trainer, but I do a positive difference in my dogs’ behavior when they are together.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@roxy821: Just make sure your dog is close to the 18 month mark before doing agility. They have to be done growing before it’s healthy for them to get into that.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Our youngest dog is super confidant so some of it is probably just your more timid dogs personality.  But…even with all her confidance she’s more confidant when our older dog (who’s also almost twice her size) is around.  She’ll play with a dog of any size and if they get too rough with her instead of just backing off she’ll run behind my other dog so he’ll protect her and wrestle with the other dog instead.  So I donno what the solution is…..I guess try and get her out some alone?

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Our dogs are like glued at the hip.  They get sad and cry if we try to separate them (separate walks or trips to vet and dog park), so we just leave them together 99% of the time. 

Having said that, we have done some confidence building exercises with our older dog that have really helped.  He is normally shyer/more nervous around people, and the last time we moved, he didn’t adjust as well.  Our confidence building included extra walks around the neighborhood, meeting the neighbors (and getting treats from the neighbors!), and lots of encouragement to “explore” the neighborhood, on leash.  Maybe some of those types of activities will help your dog, too?  A trainer could help you put together a really strong training plan, if you are interested.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@roxy821:  That’s what we did; setting up a training plan with a professional was great because it gave us little baby steps to take toward reaching our goal of making our dog more comfortable/confident.  Good luck! I’m sure your puppy will do great.  🙂

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