(Closed) thinking about getting a second dog

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: If you have multiple pets, would you do it again?
    Absolutely--the more the merrier! : (32 votes)
    62 %
    Nooo--it was a mistake : (9 votes)
    17 %
    My answer is more complicated : (2 votes)
    4 %
    I don't have multiple pets but I like polls! : (9 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I have two dogs.  We got our second dog about a year ago.  It is a lot more work than you would think, but I think it was totally worth it!  Our first dog is now about 10 or 11 years old, the new dog is just over 3 years old.  I think the new one is keeping the older one on his toes..er.. paws.  They play alllll of the time.  They do get a little rowdy and walking them is kind of a hastle, but it’s a lot of fun!  Just make sure to introduce the two dogs before you just bring the other one home.  It’s also good to let them meet somewhere other than your home, that way it’s a little less threatening to the current dog.

    These are my puppers:

    Gatsby: (The older one)

    And Stephen-The newer one

    Post # 4
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    5479 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We have three dogs- two great danes and a medium sized mutt.  We love it!  Vet bills & dog food are major MAJOR expenses, as well as flea & tick prevention (we have them on it year-round).  It’s nice though to see them all playing together.

    I had the one great dane in an apartment when I got the mutt.  It was tough dealing with two leashes in and out several times a day, but they are well behaved and respectful.  Sometimes I’d take them out individually and work on leash skills and one-on-one bonding time.  Other times, we’d all walk together.

    Now we have a house with a yard, so three dogs doesn’t seem overwhelming.  We also can’t really board our dogs, as two of them are often too large for many boarding facilities- a friend or my sister will come and house/dog sit when we are out of town.

    I’d say the biggest thing that made our transition from one, to two, to three dogs was introducing the new pet to the existing pets on neutral territory.  This way, we get to evaluate their interaction, make sure they get along, let them sniff butts and all, then if all goes well, they get to bring a friend home!  It has worked very well for us.

    Post # 5
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    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I have two dogs and I expect to always have two dogs. I think having two is great. Mine actually are not as much playmates as I wish they would be. The younger one adores the older one; the older one is a bit “meh” on the younger one. We thought she’d love to have a permanent playmate but it seemed more like she was a little put off by having to share her space/stuff/status. She (older) will play with him (younger) when she feels like it, on her terms. But dogs are so social and even when they’re not actively playing/interacting I think it’s nice for them to have each other around when we’re not home. And when they do play, it’s really cute.

    Dog no. 1 definitely does not care about us less. Dog no. 2 adores dog no. 1 but he also adores us. Dog no. 2 was really easy to train but I have no idea if dog no. 1 influenced that. I do remember thinking when he was a puppy that he was learning “how to be a dog” from her which was so cute. Other than the increased vet bills, there are no downsides for us. But I’m dog crazy and would have ten if it was socially acceptable and practically feasible.

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We have two dogs (two very small dogs thoguh) and I think adding a 2nd is a great idae.  Our older dog is very clingy and always needs to be with us.  One of our main reasons for adoption the second one was to give her someone to play with so that when we do have a baby, the dog isn’t left “by herself” as much.  The dogs have totally different personalities (the younger one is a tazmanian devil!) but they are BFF’s.  The training part will be a bummer, but overall I think it’s a great idea.  Dogs are the best =)

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Eglantine:  I’m the same way about having 10 if socially acceptable:)  Darling Husband told me that the rule is that dogs can’t outnumber people in the house… so maybe when this baby comes along I can talk him in to one more?? πŸ™‚

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I have two dogs and I would never not have two again. I love them. My house is messier, it costs more money, and their is never a dull moment but I wouldn’t change it for anything.

    a) The apartment situation worries me a little because of the potty training you metioned and also a puppy who has an older dog may bark sooner as well as cry if crate trained. I would think first how your neighbors would be about listening to barking, crying, and wrestling/playing of 2 dogs.

    b)2 dogs and a stoller seems overwhelming but I’ll let you know how it goes lol. Mine dogs are 2 and 4 and we will have our LO in 11 weeks. Most importantly you will need to train your dogs to walk on a leash and heel. The first time you do it you will cry but as long as you did it every day it will eventually become second nature so since my dogs are well trained on a leash I am hoping the stroller is just another thing to learn.

    c) Yup. Double the food, vet, bones/toys, and groomer

    d) This is true but the same way you have to find care for your first dog theyn you will just have to find care for both. Luckily my parents take my dogs whenever I need them too and they come everywhere with us as well including pet friendly vacations. I do have border collies so I could really never ask anyone to watch them for me since the energy level is not something most people are familiar with or prepared for, but luckily I have never had to board them.

    e)In regards to being less cuddly, not a chance. Most situations I’ve seen where this has been the case is 3 or more dogs because they are no a pack. But Darling Husband and I always have a dog to cuddle with. And a lot of times it has to do with their personalities too.

    The only thing to mention is that your 1st dog is going to act up. You will probably need to do some refesher training. The one thing I have an issue is, is the jealousy. They still jump sometimes when people come in the house and they are really excited and fight for attention. They are great outside the house and with us but I think this is something that we will always have to work on.

    Also, how often do you exercise your 1st dog. You may need help since that dog will still require the same amount of exercise and the puppy will be unable to walk/play that much at a time.

    And you will have double the fur like nothing you have ever imagined. Be prepared to clean your apartment 2x as much and at least sweep your floors every day.

    Wow I think I wrote a book, sorry!

    Post # 9
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    5109 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @finnaroo:  Best thing I ever did was get a friend for our lab. We now have the best pics of our 8 lb Chihuaua mix and 65 lb lab. They are the BEST of friends and have separation anxiety from each other.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    We just got a second dog a month or two again and it’s not been that big of a transition.  That being said,  our older boy is 13.  For a Lab, that is ancient.  The new boy is a (very) large 2 year old Golden Retriever (Yes, I have two 100+ lb dogs, wanna guess how much I spend on kibble every month?).  The newer boy is actually the better behaved of the two.  The old man has become ornery and stubborn in his advanced age.  People will tell you that the older one will train the younger one.  What they don’t tell you is that they will also gang up against you.  I think mine even have the cats in on the schemes sometimes. 

    To address your concerns:  I think that the lack of space would be my biggest fear.  We’re TTC right now.  I believe that every kid should grow up with a dog.  That’s why we got the newer one.  I’m afraid that the older boy won’t be around much longer, which sucks because he is the BEST kids’ dog.  We specifically looked for a dog that was proven good with children.  The vet bills and boarding costs will approximately double barring any specific medical conditions.  The good side is that things like heartworm treatment and flea treatments are cheaper in bulk as long as they are similar sizes.

     

    ETA:  In my opinion, dogs are like kids.  It’s easier to go from one to two than it is to go from none to one or two to three.  When you get three you have to go from man-to-man to zone defense.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Two is perfect, IMO. Darling Husband and I each came into the relationship with a dog, so now we have two. They keep each other company when we’re gone, they tire each other out with play, his dog makes my dog a little less anxious when it’s storming. I definitely think two is great. We’ve sitted for other dogs, though, and let me just say that while 2 is great, 3 is a freaking crowd!

    Post # 14
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    536 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    You do what you please but I will give you my story and let you take what you want from it.

     

    My SO and I adopted a 11month old pitbull first and he was a complete gem from the start. Always good about house training, never chewing on things, just a great dog.  We decided last summer to get another dog and we chose a 3 month dachshund mix (we thought she would be much smaller than the pit) She’s no joke, cant take it adorable and whip-smart. like WHIP. SMART. She’s also a little freaking demon.  Since we got her, my apartment had pee smell in it for a year and two months (shes 17 months now and finaaaaaaalllyyyy house trained and our other pooch just turned 3), every day I would come home and they would have gotten into the bathroom and made confetti out of the TP, if I put her in a crate she would cry so much my neighbors called me, she would pee and poop in the crate too and then run around in it like she didnt care…she’s a sweet, loving, NIGHTMARE. we take her out and leave our other pooch at home, free to roam about the living room (we live in a 1BR NYC apt) and everything is fine.  we dare to leave them alone together in the living room (and not baby-ffenced up in the foyer, like we typically do) and everything is ruined, poop on the rug (even though they are housetrained when cooped up in the foyer?), things ripped apart, leashes on the floor….

     

    I love her. I love them both. Its been really hard though. REALLY.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    also: SEPARATE LEASHES. you dont want them lunging at the same bird (or whatever) at the same time in the same direction….and you flying across the sidewalk.

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