(Closed) Second dog- is this silly?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Worker bee

Your worries are completely valid! i would introduce them on neutral grounds first, never inside the original dogs turf. Maybe even take the dog to the shelter and see if the pooch makes a connection with another dog? I’m sure they can accommodate this for you guys!

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Having a second dog was AMAZING for my parents’ first dog. He behaved better, he was more enthusiastic, and they love each other so much. They’re a handful (both 90ish pounds, one GSD, one Great Pyrenees shepherd mix) but after some training, my 4’11, 110lb mother can take the two of them for walks solo. 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Many people have multi dog households with success. If you have the means and your current dog is social I do not see how it would be a problem. My recommendation is to do lots of walks with the potential new dog and your current dog together to see how they get along.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Darling Husband and I took our first dog everywhere with us, as much as we could. However, when we got a second dog, it got exponentially more difficult to take them both with us. I will typically only take the two dogs somewhere if Darling Husband is with me. Although they are fairly well behaved, having two dogs on a leash when trying to multitask is near impossible for me. I can’t bear to leave one at home (they have a hard enough time when I take one on a run with me before coming back to switch dogs).

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I have three and yes it is great and a pain at the same time.  One thing you may consider and I know it sounds silly, but you maybe you can get your dog a cat..lol.

My son’s cat is a total biatch. She literally only likes my son as people go. But she loves my crusty Boston.  My Boston isn’t even good with other dogs and doesn’t socialize much with my other two but her and that cat play all the time. They cuddle and romp around the house.  

So if a second dog is questionable I’d honestly say maybe try a cat. You don’t have to take it with you everywhere, it would be a different type of affection you give it (they curl up anywhere on you)  if you got it as a kitten and it learned your dog was it’s friend it could turn out great. 

But a second dog is still good..lol.  Heck get them all…I did!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

You’re not crazy. I had the exact same concerns about getting a 2nd dog. Before I was married, it was just me and mine. She went EVERYWHERE with me. When I got married, I inherited a 2nd dog which resulted in a big change. It just wasn’t practical to tote two dogs around. Losing my little travel buddy was really upsetting to me. She would get so excited when she knew I was going somewhere and I felt awful leaving her behind. I’d like to think that she’s gotten better at staying behind or maybe I’m just getting more comfortable with it, I don’t know. Either way, that’s something to think about if you’re dog is used to going places a lot. 

My dog also had/has troubles sharing the spotlight with the new dog and she absolutely won’t share me. I can’t do anything with the new dog without her being right there and she isn’t afraid to push him out of the way if she wants the attention. We’re trying to work on it but it’s a slow process.

On the positive side, I feel better that my pup has a buddy now. If I HAVE to leave her behind, at least she isn’t alone and that makes me happy. 

Every dog is different so you might just need to test it out to see how your pup does. Since he seems to enjoy other dogs at the park and doesn’t have a problem sharing attention, he might do really great with a new friend!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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classylassie:  You stated your apartment was “smallish”…adding another dog may make your space cramped. Does your apartment complex allow 2 dogs?

What about doggie daycare for your dog when you are away?

Also, a second dog can be a great playmate. However, the barking issue can be “taught” to the new dog and then you have 2 barking dogs while you are away.

I’m not knocking 2 dogs AT ALL. I have 2 in my apartment and it’s great. I also have a yard with my place and neither of my dogs bark when I’m away. (I’ve videoed them to be sure since I am in an apartment)

Maybe foster a dog you are interested in and see how that goes. 🙂

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 11 months ago by  BrideK2Wings.
  • This reply was modified 4 years, 11 months ago by  BrideK2Wings.
Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We have two german shepards. they are littermates so they have never been an “only” dog. They are best friends and I cant imabine them not having their buddy. I worry for the day something happens and they no longer have each other. I’m sure yours will love having a buddy too. Sheparts are very social and generally like having a friend. Walking through petsmart with them is toug sometimes, but no one messes with the chick with two huge dogs. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I pretty much had the exact same experience with my dog.  We got a second dog to avoid having to medicate him.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

We got a second dog as a companion for the first And had the same concerns as you. It helps his anxiety when he had to be alone and he loves playing with her. He still is a momma’s boy and sometimes doesn’t like to share the bed at night, but most of the time they’re best buddies. 

It is more difficult to take both dogs out together, but I think with some more training with the puppy it will get easier. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Adding a dog has never been a problem for me. If you don’t think it will make things worse, I think you should do it. We have three now, and they *still* mostly just wait by the door or lay around when we aren’t there. But they’re happy & enjoy playing & cuddling with each other. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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classylassie:  It helped solve the problem completely.  The trick is our first pet picked the second.  

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: The Mansion at Valley Country Club

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classylassie:  I’d definitely give the trial a go! Or you might be able to find a rescue that needs foster homes. You foster a dog for a couple of weeks until it gets adopted. You give a dog a much needed temporary home, and when you find one you and your dog love, you adopt it. But in the meantime, you haven’t made a commitment but are donating a much-needed service to a rescue group…or so says the former foster mom of about 10 pets. (And the mom to two “foster failures.”)

My FI’s dog was the only pet for 11 years until I moved in with my two cats. She is less anxious now that she has buddies to hang out with. My Fiance and I ended up adopting a kitten in November, and now he and the dog are BFFs. He’s brought out the puppy in her.

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