(Closed) Need dog advice from all you animal lovers!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hmm that is a good question.  The dog would have to most likely be at an intensity lower than hers or on par to make it work.

What breed and age is the pup? 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have two dogs & I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I think dogs do get lonely by themselves.  Maybe your family member could find an older dog with less energy to keep her company (I know puppies want to run around a lot and it might be too much for her).  Another suggestion would be for them to buy a doggie stroller, so she can go on the longer walks and not feel left out?  That’s so sad, I’m glad they figured out what was wrong so she’s not in as much pain!

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Aww poor sweety!

So she can get rough and tumble to play but its the walking running that slows her down. Also what breeds are your pups and how would you describe their energy?

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I think it sounds like it could be a great thing for the dog, provided that dog #2 doesn’t wear out dog #1. I’d consider adopting a second dog but not a puppy because I think my dog (who LOVES other dogs) would be annoyed by puppy energy.

I wouldn’t worry too much about separate hikes/walks, as that’s not a constant thing, more occasional, and since the dogs won’t be in a bonded pair they likely won’t experience separation anxiety!

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would have them arrange playdates for her with other dogs.  If they adopt another dog, it should be an adult, possibly even a senior dog, who has a similar energy level. Most dogs, even older dogs, can still play for brief periods of time, but wouldn’t over exert her, and would be less likely to need long walks, etc., that would require Dog 1 to be left behind.  

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

People might disagree, but my first inclination is maybe another handicapped pup?  Like a three-legged dog, or something of the sort?  The dog would definitely be more in need than a “perfect” dog, and might be a good fit.

You can search on petfinder by specifying “special needs” and “good with other dogs”

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Thats a hard one. From how you are describing the dog, its doesnt seem like much of a jealous dog, but you never know. I say they should go for it and get one, and if it doesnt work out they can give it to a friend. They just have to be fair and give attention to both at the same time.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have three dogs.  They love each other and are so much happier.  I think having a companion is a wonderful thing for a dog.  But I agree with PPs, that you need to make sure that the dog is older and less active.  My youngest dog (about a year old), is still even at a year very happy when he’s playing with his brothers and can get a bit overly playful at times.  If she is in pain, she may not enjoy a more energetic companion. 

Good luck with your decision! 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

That makes me so sad! Poor girl.

It sounds like your friend is wanting to adopt a new dog for good reasons. I have two dogs – one is older and can’t handle long hikes or jogs anymore. The other is young and has endless energy. We take the younger one on more outside adventures pretty often, and it always makes me feel bad. My older dog always “looks” sad and hurt, but it’s hard to say if dogs can actually experience feelings like jealousy or sadness. In the end, I don’t think it affects her quality of life. We still give her just as much attention, and she still gets shorter walks around the neighborhood.

Maybe your friend can do the same thing. As soon as she returns from hikes with the new dog, take the other dog for a walk around the neighborhood, or some other activity that she knows the dog enjoys.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would rescue an older dog. Their adoption fee is usually less and they get overlooked at many rescues, but it would be a great idea to get a dog 5+ years so the other one can have companionship.

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