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    Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    I find myself more and more wanting another dog, and was just looking for a little input.

    We've only had Charlie for 5 months (he's 7 1/2 months old), so part of me thinks it's too soon but he really loves other dogs so I thought it would be nice to get him (and the family) another companion. He plays with the neighbor dogs and go to the dog park at least twice a week and have started doing agility but I still find myself looking on petfinder almost daily.

    I completely understand it would be more work, more money, etc. I would prefer an adult dog to a puppy so I would probably try to go the rescue route. But I have allergies to certain dogs more than others, so I would obviously have to meet with the dog on a few occasions, and with Charlie, to make sure my allergies are okay and that the new dog and Charlie get along. I'm also not a big fan of shedding (Charlie doesn't shed) so that's another set back. And we're thinking female so they would possibly get along better (although he seems to play fine with males too). Charlie barks a lot (at people and dogs) on walks and tends to be a little leash reactive, so if we can find a dog that is more "stable" I thought it might help him in that aspect too. We have taken walks in the neighborhood with another dog and he did much better in a more "pack" like setting.

    Anyways, I'm just sort of tossing around the idea and wondered what you guys thought and what things I'm forgetting. I would definitely take the time to find a good fit and not just rush into things, if it is something we decide to do.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    I think that's great that you are thinking out everything before you take the plunge. If you are still working on training charlie it will be double training effort.
    I can't wait to get another dog. now looking back I'm glad Kameha will have been through most of his training. I plan to take him or any other dog I get for at least the first 5 years of their lives off and on.
    I think charlie would love a doggie girlfriend. I know kameha loves other dogs too and that would just add to his happiness of being a dog. Let us know when you seriously start looking for one.
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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    First, all dogs shed.

    Second, you can never bet that the second dog will HELP the issues with your first dog...calming him down, another dog to play with, barking. There is probably an equal chance that a second dog would make things worse.

    I haven't always had a multi-dog household. In fact for quite a while we just had one dog. I have to say that life is much more stressful with more than one. However, there is never a dull moment! One of them always seems to need something, get into something, and the back door should be turned into a revolving door...
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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    I had Lucy for eight years before getting another dog. Holly is another female, Golden-mix, and was 8-weeks-old.

    The biggest things I've noticed were:

    Cost. Vet, supplies, food
    Time. Although a lot of it was potty-training, at first it was really a shock!

    Other than those, it has been delightful. Holly is potty-trained now, at 5 months, and is in obedience training. They are learning to walk on lead together, and it's such fun to watch them romp together.

    It really was a surprise to me, how much work it was at first. But, Lucy was so easy, trained, calm, had her routine. A new puppy is a whole 'nother ball game!

    Now, it's great! Our two kids love having one dog each when we go hiking, and Holly's adjusted into our and Lucy's routine very nicely.

    I think you're going about it right, getting an adult. But, at first it is a bit of a surprise.

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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    I'm so glad to see this thread as I am interested in adding a second dog to the household. The only problem is that my parents are against the idea.

    Good luck with your search!

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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    Quote Originally Posted by Alygi View Post
    I'm so glad to see this thread as I am interested in adding a second dog to the household. The only problem is that my parents are against the idea.

    Good luck with your search!
    I bet your having as hard of time convincing your parents as I am convincing my husband, lol
    I would love another sheltie, but deep down I know it's not quite the right time. I still do obedience and agility training and that takes up time. Maybe in another year or so.

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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    The only pro I can think of is they always have a playmate. I have 2 the same age a male & female. I have to separate them while trying to train them or I can't get their attention. I have to watch them while eating or they fight. They are very jealous of each other, yet they cry & howl if you take one of them away for a few min. As far as allergies, if you get a short hair breed, keep them bathed, & wipe them down after they get out in the pollen you shouldn't have a problem with allergies. I'm assuming they will be indoor dogs. Good luck!

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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    I now have three dogs. All are inside. Dawn is four , Dusk is 19 months old, and Ollie is 5 months. 2 girls and a boy. I might as while have kids. On second thought, kids might be less work.

    Dawn was the only dog for a long time. She has been in mulitple classes, and had plenty of playdates. But she was still very used to being the center of Momma's universe. Dusk came into this house like a whirlwind. Given he was a 9 week old puppy, and doberman puppies are not known for their aloof personalities. He had to be in the middle of everything all the time. On the first night, Dawn jumped up on the couch to get away from him. My dogs are generally not allowed onthe furniture.

    But I made some changes. And Dusk was pretty much raised away from Dawn for the first two or three months. I wanted him to bod to me, and not to Dawn. And he really just had to much energy for her at that age. It was andjustment for everyone involve. I still mantaned Dawn's training, but at the same time I was training Dusk for conformation. The amount of time it takes to train two dogs is astounding.

    But now Dawn's training is finished. We do refresher courses a couple of times a week. And I end every night with my dogs(except for Ollie) in a down stay for 15 to 20 minutes.

    I also feed everyone separately. It is just too much to watch. Dusk eats too slow, Dawn eats ate a normal pace but only gets half the amount that a feed Dusk. Ollie eats like a dog that has been starved since birth. This way a don't deal with competitive eaters.

    But I am constantly making adjustments and changes. As the needs of my dogs change then I have to change our current situation. And that is a lot more difficult the more dogs you have. I go to the vet at least three times a year. But I plan to get that fixed soon.

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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    We currently have one dog who we've had for nearly 2 years and we are getting a puppy in June. I hope my dog will be ok with it but I can see her getting slightly jealous because she like all the attention.

    Getting a new dog is ok, but yu have to make sure your balance the attention. Also my friend has 2 dogs and the newer dog bullies the other dog which is ironic really because he's thefather of the litter she's about to have xD You just have to be careful and makesure they get on well.

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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    I've got six dogs in the house. I'd say the cons are the obvious, more training, more money, more fur, more barking, lots more work!

    But to me the cons are far outweighed by the pros, more love, more fun for you and your dog. No two dogs are alike so you'll have a whole new little soul and personality in your home who will add his own flavor.

    You just have to decide if the pros outweigh the cons for you. I would only advise one thing, if you decide to add another dog, make sure the one(s) you have are for the most part finished with their training and settled into the home.

    Good luck with your decision!
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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    I have been thinking of this too, and I think not yet. What I might do is foster a rescue dog so I know there is an end if it just doesn't work.

    The issue for me is time and money and I want another high drive dog. I have beenthinking Border Collie and I have also been thinking German Bred GSD.. Of course I could just have 3... LOL

    Seriously, it is wise to THINK seriously first. I would want a proper set up first.. indoor/outdoor kennels for days when I am at work.. Privacy fence so they cannot be seen from the road (so they aren't easily targets of theft) so they don't fixate on something "out there" and bark a storm for the neighbors to hear....

    Really, someday I could see me having a real kennel (boarding etc.), but I want that to be the right place and this is NOT it. I can see me winning LOTTO too so I can get the "right" place..

    I am glad you asked this. I want to catalog the answers.

    One thing that I am also thinking about is this:
    Things are going so well with Atka and the 4 cats and Oliver the almosta cat that I ask myself, "Do I REALLY want to upset this wonderful balance I have now?"

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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    No cons for me, only pros.

    I brought in a second dog as a companion for Mel. They love each other and get along great. I see a huge difference in Mel's personality, he is happier and livlier with Buddy.

    I also wanted to rescue an adult dog to give him a chance at a great life with people that would love him. He has given us so much more than we could ever give him.

    Both my dogs shed, so I bought a better vacuum!
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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    I think you should wait until Charlie is 2 yrs old. That way he will still have plenty of energy to play with the puppy but will also know right from wrong. That what I did with my dogs. http://homepage.mac.com/tagadagat999...pets/2Dogs.jpg The one on the left (Bacon) is 7 and the other dog (Cadence) is 5.

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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    Thanks everyone for the input! I think we will probably end up waiting until he is a little older. Plus my DH hasn't agreed to a second dog yet LOL. Last night I said something about "I know we're not getting another dog yet, but.... yadda yadda" and he said, "yet?" but didn't shoot down the idea. So we'll see.

    And I know all dogs shed LOL - we have hard wood floors so it wouldn't be a huge deal. I just remember when we bought our house the previous owner had a lab and there was hair EVERYwhere - even in the fridge!?! But he was a single guy and I'm guessing probably didn't vacuum very often.

    And with the allergies, they actually seem to be getting better as I age. I haven't reacted strongly to a dog in a while, and even when we go to our friends' house who has 2 cats I'm not that bad as long as I take my medicine. I don't even take daily medicine right now.

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    Re: Pros and Cons to adding a second dog

    I said something about "I know we're not getting another dog yet, but.... yadda yadda" and he said, "yet?" but didn't shoot down the idea

    AAAHHHH, So ya got your paw in the door... Clever girl....LOL.... I would never be able to do that with my hubby.... It was hard enough to convice him about Mr Bigsby....
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