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Getting a 2nd dog

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by LexiLou2, Apr 17, 2011.


  1. LexiLou2

    LexiLou2 PetForums VIP

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    A week or so ago I posted that my OH's mum was looking to rehome her 4 year old untrained heinz 57 and we were thinking of taking him, well due to various reasons it doesn't look like that's going to happen, he is going to need some major socialisation with other dogs and him living with a bouncy but submissive staffie wasn't gonig to work (plus his mum decided she doesn't want him staying in the family as it would be really hard for her to see him) so we are looking at alternatives for him.
    However it has started me thinking that I would like a second dog (obviously one that suits our lifestyle and matches Lexi's personality) but my other half has got reservations, he is worried it would effect Lexi, she will feel pushed out and resent the other dog....so I'm just wanting some happy stories...
    Do you have 2 dogs? Is the transition to 2 from 1 easy? Did you have an teething issues? Aside the main financial implications are there any down sides to owning 2? Do you have one dog now, would you consider getting another, if not any particular reason?
    I would look for a rescue but ideally a younger dog, having said that i will let Lexi 'pick' the new dog.
    Any words of wisdom etc.
    Thanks :001_smile:
     
  2. babycham2002

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    I love having multiple dogs, it is unlikely that I would choose to ever have one dog again. They all have their own time, their own training (inc their own classes).
    They have fantastic relationships with oneanother. They really are bestest buds.

    Aside from cost the only real downsides I feel are, that you can feel more unwelcome places (friends, family or out and about) than if you just had the one.
    Actually I cant think of any more downsides, I love walking all mine (and mums) together. Infact I really miss having my brothers dog to walk as well, because even though I moaned about her at the time she was a great playfriend for Willow on walks.
     
  3. cinnamontoast

    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    I would never only have one, it's easier in lots of ways to have more, especially if you ever have to leave them. Happy stories? Rem, I'm super glad I've got Brig so I can look at the puppies and realise that eventually, they too will be grown up and not mental the whole time. Confess I'd be looking at older dogs next time.
     
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    Tummels an only boy at the moment, i'm getting another puppy later this year as i feel the benefits far outweigh any extra costs(i've worked out i can feed and insure 2 dogs for about £60 a month so not a major expense). Tummel loves other dogs and as we live on a farm he doesn't get to meet as many as i'd like(plus people tend to put their dogs on lead when they see him and so out of courtesy i do the same if he's listening) and being half ridgeback he doesn't play "nice" with other dogs, he does like chase but he really wants a good wrestle!!!
     
  5. Rolosmum

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    I love having two dogs, but the only downside has been when one went lame this week, having to take one out and cope with the one behind who was desperately wanting to go out and getting very upset cos the other dog was out.

    But i cant think of any other downside, just love them both to bits!
     
  6. LexiLou2

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    Thanks for you replies, how did you all cope introducing that 2nd dog into the home? I have a staffie at the mo and i would like to rescue a dog which looking at all the rescue pages will undoubtable have some staffie in it (it is so sad looking at all the staffies in rescue!!!) but she has never had to share...
     
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    I think we were lucky we met on neutral ground when for a long run and play off lead then went home never looked back no serious fights either only little arguements I wouldnt go back to one dog I love having two
     
  8. LexiLou2

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    Just having a look at various rescue sites and i keep falling in love over and over again. I think she would love doggy brother, she doesn't get much dog on dog interaction many people shy away with her being a staffie but she just loves playing and i think it would be so good for her.
     
  9. Rolosmum

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    I personally think it is safer if you have two dogs of a different sex, our dogs met twice on the girls territory and then we came home and just let them get on with it, we didnt have any issues to deal with they just seemed to fit together, and although the bitch was second, she was 3 months older and it has just fitted that she is top dog indoors and the other boy was young enough to accept her and accepts her as the boss, and he absolutely adores her!
     
  10. LexiLou2

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    Any more positive stories? I have my eye on a couple of dogs i have seen on various rescue websites so I have been doing some tentative enquries, they are tentative though as i think we will have issues as we both work full time, we don't want a pup but we do want a younger dog plus we go on holiday in three weeks so need to wait until after that.
     
  11. Fleur

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    We got Lilly when Zipper was 1 year old and introduced Lilly as a 7 week old puppy.
    I wouldn't of considered another dog if Zipper hadn't been comfortable with other dogs of all ages, sexes and size when we were out on a walk and when friends dogs visited our home.
    With Lilly being a puppy Zipper just wanted to look after her so it was easy to introduce them - although he met her 1st at the breeders home to make sure he was OK with her.

    As adults dogs - they are now 4 and 5 - They snuggle together and keep each other company when we are out.
    They rarely play with eachother and Lilly sometimes bullies Zipper :rolleyes: But overall they get on and we have fun together.

    If you are getting a new older puppy/dog, I'd get one of the opposite sex, let them meet a few times in a neutral enviroment.
     
  12. Bwy39

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    I have always had two dogs as I find them not only good company for me but also for each other.

    You are correct in your concern as to how well they will get on with each other as not all dogs do take to each other, they are just like us in that way.

    I found that by a sensible introduction prior to ownership the dogs will show you if they will accept each other or not.

    Once you have them in the home then it is normal for them to occasionally have a fight (not always) just as we so called human beings do but this for a dog is normally to establish who is the top dog.

    I have just lost my last American Cocker and now have a 9 week old Yorkie with the second Yorkie arriving on the 7th next month.
    As always I take one of each sex as I find they cohabit much better than say two dogs.
     
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    i would love a second dog but busters previous owners never socialised him and he is awful with other dogs,cats,horses etc so i cant whitch is a shame saying that he is verry protective and gelouse so doubt having another animal would not work well anyhow :(
     
  14. Emmastace

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    I have been having the second dog debate with myself for several months now.
    I have only ever had one at a time before but they were well socialised and had lots of interaction every day with other dogs outside the home.
    I wouldn't have thought about a second dog with Mia because of her socialisation issues but it was suggested to me by a behaviourist that a nice steady slightly older boy would help her with that.
    The problem I have is that I don't know if Mia would resent sharing us now. She adores all the attention and seems happy. So much so that she actually shows quite a lot of signs that she just wants to stay at home with us, she doesn't even seem to like going for walks.
    I am still thinking about it though and haven't dismissed either option. I think it would depend on whether I could find just the right second dog.
     
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