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Second dog in family now

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by orlando1040, Aug 16, 2009.


  1. orlando1040

    orlando1040 PetForums Junior

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    Hi everyone, I have a 14 month old Labrador and have just got a 10 week old Golden Retriever, both bitches. I have been very fortunate and they have settled very well together. However I would like any advice anyone can give to ensure they stay that way please as other people have been telling me horror stories of when they have had 2 dogs together. Thank you.
     
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    SEVEN_PETS PetForums VIP

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    I think 2 bitches together is supposed to be very dangerous, as they will fight to the death. Best to have a male and a female (one or both neutered). Although I am no where near experienced with groups of dogs, so hopefully someone will help you more.
     
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    am interested to see what people think on this myself. have a 9 month old lab bitch and a cross collie/terrier/whippet I rescued shes 6 months. They do have spats but not vicious- more like teenage tantrums-I supervise toys and chews as the younger one tends to think everything is for her, but they get tons of exercise, and playtime and I think most of the time they are too chilled and relaxed then in the house to bother arguing. And walking them together on lead has definately helped them to bond- (tho the art of walking 2 dogs together on lead comfortably is another thread!)
    would like to hear others experiences of multi dog households tho, as i do have room for one more myself. All will be neutered/ spayed- does temperament matter more than sex I wonder?
     
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    Hi, we have six bitches kennelled in two's but all walked and worked together of various ages and they are fine.Try not to intervene too much they will establish thier own positions,enjoy your puppy.
     
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    We had one springer monty and decided to get his brother, harvey a pup from the next litter, and i had lots of comments from people (not on here) who said having 2 males would be a disaster and they would fight, they were young together played with each other from day one and grew up to be extremely close, when monty was taken ill harvey was his carer (in dogs terms) looked out for him and became very protective when other dogs came near, they were the best of friends so contrary to what people say about getting pups close together and of the same sex, they were proof that it's not nesesarily a problem.
     
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    We have three girls here...aged 18months,7months and approx 4yrs old and no real problems to be honest...also have two males aged8 and approx3 and again no serious problems....sorry im not much help..i musy have the most perfect dogs ever.....:)...have fun with your pup....
     
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    I have 6 females all have the run of the house together and they get along great
     
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    i have 6 females & 1 male & they get along just fine:)
     
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    Thank you for all your comments so far. They are playing well, obviously cannot take pup out on walks yet but take my Lab still on her own. I do walk other peoples dogs to help out too so my Lab is used to them. She has such a good nature or I would not have considered another dog.
    They are testing each other in some situations with toys especially the pup so really was just unsure whether I should intervene, I have not as yet as they have been together only 9 days, and there has only been 1 instance today where i would have considered intervening as I can tell they are just playing, they are both still pups surely at the end of the day.
     
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    Yes have heard it commonly said that one of each sex is the best, but looking at the response on here, and thinking of friends experiences, i think it is more a case of making sure your dogs (or bitches) are well socialised from pups and temperament- tho I have a laid back lab and a feisty collie mix and they get on fine.
     
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    I have always had several bitches at the same time over the last 40 years and never had a problem. There are 3 in the house at the moment including one here on holiday. I think fighting is often caused by the owners as the same owners get problems with all their dogs fighting.
     
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    sounds like everything is going fine for you- you will soon see if there are any 'flash points' eg over food or toys that are more than just play fights eg we soon found that Scully- my youngest - had a tendency to food guard.
    And believe me- 2 dogs is twice the fun!!! enjoy them!
     
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    i once said the same...then it was 3 dogs is 3 times the fun then......4 dogs is 4 times the fun.....the most we have got up to 8 dogs is....8 times the fun!!!!! ;) :)
     
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    similarish subject.. any thoughts on differences in ages when thinking of introducing a new dog? have only ever had the two young ones together. I am thinking of adding a third from my local rescue,and have 3 'possibles' who all get on well with my two( on walks anyway) one is a male 7 months (staffy/collie), the other a spaniel/collie bitch (1 year) and the other a staff/gsd bitch 7+ ( possibly anywhere up to 10). My heart I guess is inclined towards the older bitch as she is completely overlooked because of her age, but I know that physically at the moment due to her stay in kennels and probable lack of exercise by previous elderly owner after a 40 minute romp out with my girls she is tired. My head however is telling me that one of the younger dogs is going to be more suitable.:confused:
     
  15. we had two female dogs close in age and at first they got along brilliantly but as the staffie started to mature she became aggressive towards holly and hept attacking her with in the end led to some really serious fights. unfortunatly we had to give the staff back to the rescue as the problem was esculating and we feared the staff could end up seriously hurt as both were not giving in and were both trying to be the dominant one. We were then told by people that two bitches were the worst combination to have and that a male and female or two males would get on better. we didnt know this at the time and if we did we would never of adopted another female. after hearing this news i decided to look it up on the net to see if this was really true and i found an alarming amount warning that two bitches close in age or one young and one old is particually bad.
    heres one site i read it on but found many others saying exactly the same thing
    The Risks of Raising Two Female Dogs
     
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    It's a lot more likely there will be trouble of either or both of the bitches has not been spayed. But a male and female can fight too, see Colsy's recent posts.
     
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