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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by StevoMcR78, Jul 14, 2009.


  1. StevoMcR78

    StevoMcR78 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi guys, i just registered to get some peoples help on a problem me and my family may have...

    Our family have been looking for a dog to accompany our 4 year old Lakeland Terrier as everyone in the family is going into full-time work and schooling after the holidays.

    After looking we have found a puppy Labradoodle or a 1 year old Lakeland Terrier. Obviously our problems are that 2 terriers together could cause havoc for a couple of months at least whilst they get to know each other. The other problem is that we would have to re-train this 1 year old Lakeland as it has been a kennel dog all it's life so isn't house trained. Has anybody had experience of this kind of situation (either re-training a kennel dog or having 2 terriers). I know 2 terriers won't be too much of a problem as ones a dog and ones a bitch but some people may have had trouble?

    Anyway, long story short is it wiser to go for a more expensive puppy which will be easier to train or spend a long time re-training an older, cheaper puppy?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    I think both these options are wrong for you. The puppy would need a lot of training and socialising time that you don't have because of work etc, and the year old lakeland terrier would also need a lot of basic training, including house training. 2 terriers together might not be the best match, even if they are opposite sexes. I think, if you are set on having a second dog, you should consider a slightly older rescue that is not a terrier - perhaps a 2 or 3 year old that is already housetrained and has some commands. However you might find it difficult to get a rescue with working full time. Your current dog won't be in an ideal situation being left without human company all day, adding another dog into this will mean two dogs are deprived of their humans rather than just one. Wouldn't it be better to spend the money on hiring a dog walker to exercise the dog you have already?
     
  3. goodvic2

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    I would agree that another dog will not take away the need for somebody to not be around in the day. I have 3 dogs and they are never left for longer than 4 hours at a time. Remember that if you get another dog, you may have to keep them seperate for a short time to begin with, without you there. Not all dogs get along and when it is on home territory, it can be quite challenging.

    Another dog will not solve the problem, if anything it maybe that you have to eventually pay for 2 dogs to be walked!
     
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    goodvic2 PetForums VIP

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    Sorry I forgot to welcome you to the forum!

    Do not be fooled into thinking that a more expensive puppy is easier to train. British bulldogs are one of the most expensive dogs you can buy and yet they are not always easy to train, far from it, they are stubborn, lazy, and can be dominant!
    :wink5:
     
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