Should I get another Dachshund?!

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  1. Laura790536

    Laura790536 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi All
    My Dachshund is one next week, he has always been very social with people and other dogs and loves to play with both. He gets very over excited when we go out as he is desperate to play, after months of socialising him with friends dogs I have finally found him a playmate who loves to play as much as him. However it has made me think that I should get another dog, he is left alone in the day for a few hours when we are at work (not all day everyday I might add as I work shifts) however I feel like another dog would be great for him and then he also wouldn't be frantically trying to play with other dogs so much when we go out.
    I would get another Dachshund as I love the breed, so i suppose I am asking is two better than one?!
     
  2. kimthecat

    kimthecat PetForums VIP

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    I think you should only have another dog if you really want one. It can be double the trouble and double the expense with two dogs.
    Is you daxie ok when you leave him ? I expect he sleeps when you are gone. Will he be happy to share his toys and treats and not mind if you pay the other dog attention?

    Whats his name by the way . :)
     
  3. Siskin

    Siskin Look into my eyes....

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    Part of the reason why your pup is so keen to play with other dogs is his age, he is now a teenager and wants to mess about with other dogs rather then anything else. Getting him a permanent playmate may well please him but you may well find that he would rather play with his new mate rather then listen to you.
    What you really need to do now is make sure your teenager continues with his training and becomes a well behaved adult, then get another puppy who will have a well trained adult dog to show him the ropes. But only get another dog if you really want one not because you think your dog would like one. Remember the added costs of having two dogs, food, bedding, insurance, annual inoculations and so on..

    I'll also get a Mod to move your thread to as it's in the wrong part of the forum. This is an area for posts about the forum itself not our pets.
     
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    I think it's a good idea to have two puppies. Your baby will have a playmate and won't be left alone. If you are interested in getting a Dushuand, kindly contact for more information. Thanks
     
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    Dachshunds are like chocolates, one is never enough - I have 2 mini-wires.
    Personally I would wait a little longer - your pup might find it overwhelming in terms of stimulation and excitement .
    So short answer , yes definitely but leave it until your boy has matured a bit more.
    We need pictures !
     
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    It's against forum rulles to offer pets for sale ( if that was your intention )
     
  8. Laura790536

    Laura790536 PetForums Newbie

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    He's called Dash! (started as a bit of an in joke then stuck!)

    He doesn't wreck the house or anything although he does open the mail! However he doesn't play with his toys (still in the exact same place as when we go out) and goes beserk when we come in (however he does that if i've only been gone 15 minutes)

    I would like another dog and expense isn't an issue (double income no kids) and someone told me if i was going to get another dog I should do it soon otherwise Dash deffo won't want to share things!
     
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    Laura790536 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks, finances isn't an issue and I really would like another dog. I suppose I was just concerned as someone mentioned to me that if I waited much longer the older dog would be less 'accepting' of a new puppy
     
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    Laura790536 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks thats really helpful as someone said to be I should get one soon if I wanted another
     

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    I think that was someone who may have puppies for sale, but who knows
     
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    Usually a good time for a new puppy is when the dog is about 2-3 years old, has become an adult and is settled in his life. It also means that when the dogs become elderly you are less likely to lose both dogs more or less together leaving an enormous hole in your heart.
    I got a second dog when the first one was 13 months and I wish I had left it a bit longer as the new pup picked up some awful bad habits that the teenage one had at the time. They also behaved with a pack like mentality when out and galloped off together into the distance. It took an awful lot of further training to right it all. Would have been far easier to have left it until the older dog was fully trained and more sensible to provide a good role model for the new pup.
    If you do decide to get another pup later on you might want to consider getting a bitch this time as one of each seem to work well together in most cases.
     
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    Laura790536 PetForums Newbie

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    thanks! I think I will leave it a while he's still a bit of a wild card!!
     
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    I like his name !:)
     
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    My dog was 7 when I got another and she adores him and they play a lot.

    I have to admit, going from one dog to two was a bit of a shock to the system (and still can be sometimes, 18 months later). And that was with an older, calm, well trained first dog. There’s no way I’d want two young dogs together!
     
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    See I'm a bad dog owner and introduced another puppy when my original dog was 8 months old, I did lots of separate walking and didn't allow the play to get out of hand and it all went fine, I have two fairly well adjusted dogs now one is 4 years old and the other 3 years old, it can be done.
     
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    I've had a new puppy when the other was a year old or younger, but they were both sensible, well behaved and with good temperaments.

    I found adding a dog of the opposite sex is easier, but saying that I have four females at the moment! Two nine year olds, one aged 2 and a 7 month old.

    I couldn't imagine adding another pup yet as the youngster would think it is her partner in crime and wreck the house! I don't think I've had a pup that's as much hard work as Bonnie, unless I have aged quickly since Betty was her age in the 2016 summer
     
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    Not necessarily, it gets easier to raise a puppy if you have an older dog for them to follow. I would wait until he's matured a bit mentally though.
     
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    yes , sorry , I didn't mean every set up with two dogs would be trouble. It depends on the older dogs too and how well behaved they are . :)
     
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    It's better to get information from people who can actually spell the name of the breed.
     
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