(Closed) On the fence about getting a second dog..looking for advice

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Post # 31
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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mikaylaauel :  I’ve had 3 and 4 dogs at one time. The latest was a 6 month old Craigslist rehome, so still very much a puppy. None of them are super great friends, but they do all get along. The 2 youngest play sometimes together. The oldest and youngest are crated all day, while the middle guy can roam. But I’ve noticed that he will hang out with them in that he brings toys over near their crates. It was harder to go from 1 to 2, than 2 to 3. :o)

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Blushing bee

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yayhamlet :  Don’t you just love all the self-righteous adopt-don’t-shop people who attack people for their personal choices about what animals they want to raise in their own homes? By their logic they shouldn’t be having any biological children if there are children in need to be adopted. Also, I just love all the friends I have who blast the adopt-don’t-shop thing but basically shopped for their dogs/cats anyway by combing shelters on the lookout for puppies they thought were the cutest.

That said, real respect for people who rescue animals in need (especially adults/previously abused animals) and/or adopt children. Just don’t attack other people for making different choices…

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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mikaylaauel :  Yes we thought it was the perfect compromise too. Our walker is not a commercial walker as I found that the commercial walkers typically have larger groups of dogs and it’s much more of a “pick up, walk the same route, drop off” situation. We found our walker through pawshake and we love it because she treats our dog like her own for the day. My dog runs errands, hangs at her apartment, goes to the barn (the woman has a horse she rides daily), etc. Of course she also gets her 1 hr walk around the park/forest but this is all in addition.

We are so in love with our situation and when we move later this year I’m SO worried we won’t be able to find someone as fabulous! We’ll probably turn again to rover/pawshake/university ad-boards to find a new walker.

Post # 38
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

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mikaylaauel :   I didn’t read more than the first 3 posts, so sorry if I am saying something that’s already been said. But with full bred dogs, IMO they’re rarely terrors and they train easier and more quickly. And I’ve done the research and if you’re getting a second dog, the best time frame is between 1-2 years old for the first dog to not have resentment. My Fiance and I got a second dog right when the first was 1 and it was the best decision we made. They were the best play mates and made us feel much less guilt about leaving them alone for work so much. And the older dog taught the puppy all of his tricks and how to listen to us, so it made training much easier. For walks, I did have to get a Y-splitter though. They tangled too much lol. 

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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travelingbee3 :  “But with full bred dogs, IMO they’re rarely terrors and they train easier and more quickly”

Um this really has nothing to do with whether a dog is purebred or not and everything to do with breed, lineage, the individual personality of the dog, and the level and type of mental/physical stimulation the puppy is receiving (note: more is not always better, it’s about finding the right amount for that particular dog).

I am in no way against purchasing a dog from a breeder (nor am I against adopting – I have had both shelter and purebred dogs). However I can tell you that I know just as many purebred puppy terrors as I do shelter puppy terrors. There is zero correlation between sourcing of the dog and puppy-terrorhood. (My purebred Flattie was a NIGHTMARE puppy for the first 9 months and while she developed into an amazing adult you could not PAY me to go through that puppyhood again!!!)

As for perfect timing, this really comes down to preference and circumstance. Personally, I prefer to have 3-5 years between dog ages as this way when the older dog dies, the younger one is young enough that bringing a new young dog into the mix isn’t a nightmare. Furthermore, I rarely find that my dogs are fully and completely trained by 1-2, usually by 3 I have them to the point that they are fully reliable with no more adolescent “mmmh I hear you, but I’m ignoring you” moments. However I expect a higher level of training then the average dog owner (not trick training, but manners). 

I’m not saying you’re wrong about 1-2 year age gaps having a higher chance of playmates, but more that there is no “right” age gap and it totally depends on the situation, the dogs in question, and the owner’s preferences.

Post # 40
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

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TravelingBride31 :  I was by no means pretending to be an expert on it. I’ve just read several articles about when to get the second dog for them to be perfect mates without jealousy/depression/creating new behavioral issues, and what I found in my research was that 1-2 year ago gap is he sweet spot. And for me, that worked out to be true. And by “tricks” I mean basic manner training. My dogs were potty trained by 8 weeks, and at a year know to never jump, always sit/stay/lay when asked, and to never eat before being told it’s okay. Owning a dog and treating them well is hard work and I just wanted to ensure I got pup #2 at the appropriate time for dog #1, so I thoroughly looked into it before buying. I’m sure every case is different, but that’s the research I found. 

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Just chiming in to say comparing adopting shelter animals to adopting children is ridiculous. People aren’t euthanizing unwanted children because of overcrowding. Also, adopting a child is an incredibly intense, lengthy, emotional, and expensive process. I’m very pro-shelter pups, but I could care less if people are choosing to buy from a good breeder since I’ve done both (I’m anti puppy mill obviously)… I just think that comparison is getting a little over the top.

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