Puppy Forum and Dog Forums banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
My one year old Norfolk Terrier, Benji, is friendly with all other dogs on our walks but rarely gets to play with them for long periods. I am thinking of getting him a companion but wondered if introducing a new puppy to the house at this time would affect his bonding with my wife and myself. We're both retired, so he is always with us. He's fairly well trained and obeys commands if not distracted by other dogs! Also, should I keep to the same breed or would another similar size breed like a miniature schnauzer be ok?
Thanks
Mike
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
703 Posts
I read that 18 months is a good age separation.

I've also read that getting a dog a companion isn't necessary, that hey are happy just with humans.

You said are both retired- can you do things separately with each dog- like you walk one dog while wife walks the other, train separately, etc?

There's a great book called Feeling Outnumbered which would probably give you an idea of what you would need to do to have a peaceful household.

We have 2, and wouldn't have it any other way! My DH even wants a third, but not right now.

My one year old Norfolk Terrier, Benji, is friendly with all other dogs on our walks but rarely gets to play with them for long periods. I am thinking of getting him a companion but wondered if introducing a new puppy to the house at this time would affect his bonding with my wife and myself. We're both retired, so he is always with us. He's fairly well trained and obeys commands if not distracted by other dogs! Also, should I keep to the same breed or would another similar size breed like a miniature schnauzer be ok?
Thanks
Mike
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
423 Posts
There's advantages to a single-dog household vs multiple dogs. Sometimes, though not often, I do miss the single dog relationship. Another dog will completely change the dynamic of the household. Seeing as your both retired and home with your pup he's not lacking for company. You can always arrange playdates with other small dog owners or, if financially feasible, send him to doggy daycare every so often to give him the chance to play with other dogs. I myself have three dogs-the more the merrier for me I guess. Lots of small dogs and puppies in rescue would love to go to a home with a retired couple and a canine companion to play with :) I don't think you have to stick to the same breed but I myself prefer keeping the size from being to drastically different based on past experience, with the exception being my Chihuahua but she's pretty much a lap dog anyway. I suggest really considering if YOU want another dog, not just should your dog have a canine buddy. If your dog goes with you everywhere, it's a lot easier to take one dog places than it is two.

*Nothing is funnier than watching your dogs play and race around like mad hatters though!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Thanks titiaamor and jersey_gray for your replies.
I’ve taken your comments on board. I have downloaded ‘Feeling Outnumbered’ to my Kindle and found many useful tips there. I realise the initial importance of separate training, play times and walks etc.
Yesterday, I was in touch with our Norfolk Terrier breeder and he has a Norfolk /Jack Russell cross (a female) available. Although finding Benji a playmate was the original motivation, my wife and I are also very keen to have another puppy to care for. So we made our decision and will pick up our new addition in three weeks. The puppy will be 8 weeks. Today we went out and bought a further crate and play pen and some new puppy accessories. So, the house dynamic is already changing.
I must now research how to go about introducing the puppy to Benji. I shall probably take Benji back to see the breeder and Benji’s mum. So, the new buddies will meet for a short while on neutral territory.
I’m not sure about sleeping arrangements for the first few nights. Should they both sleep in the same room in their own crates? Last time, I left the crate open with the play pen surrounding it so that the puppy could leave his bed and toilet within the play pen. Of course, I set my alarm every three hours to come down and take the pup outside. I did this for six weeks until the trainer at the puppy class laughed at me and said the dog must learn to hold it in! (I think she was expecting a bit too much of him!)
No doubt, I’ll have more queries to post here in the near future.
Many thanks once again.
Mike
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
423 Posts
Congratulations on the new addition! Love to see a pic of her when you get her home. My dogs each have their own crate. The puppy and the Chihuahua sleep in their crates which are currently side by side in the living room. The big dog gets free roam of the house and she alternates between sleeping on the couch in the living room and sleeping on the floor by the bed in the bedroom. The big dog rarely gets kenneled but her kennel is in the kitchen. The puppy's next kennel will also be in the kitchen, next to the big dog's, just due to limited space in the living room. I take the puppy out either from having an alarm set or when she makes noise. Then she usually comes to bed with me, shouldn't do that I know. I don't invite the big dog on the bed anymore just because I'm afraid she'll get hurt jumping down now that she's older and a bit gimpy and our bed is pretty high off the floor. There are puppy experts here though that can give you much better advice, I'm far from a puppy expert.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,075 Posts
Congratulations on your new addition to be! :D I have read your story. I too am retired ... but have three dogs ... sometimes I will have four if I am helping to train someone's dog ... and very rarely lately ... have rescued a poor soul and try to find him/her a new home. I sometimes feel that with more than one dog in a household ... they get way more exercise and mental stimulation having each other to romp and play and rival with ... than if it were just me taking them on routine walks and routine expeditions. But ... that is just me. I am home 24/7 also. It most definitely makes life much more exciting! Lol! :D

You will need to post pictures of both your babies! :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
703 Posts
I'm so excited for your family!!! Be sure to post pics, like Abbylynn said.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
We have Daisy and she is coming up to 18 months now. You'll really have to let us know how you get on.
She is a boisterous character and we often worry about what they would get upto when we are out f we did get a second daxijack.
Anyway.. We look forward to hearing your update.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
Thanks for all your comments everyone! Our new little puppy, Kira, has been with us for 6 days now and is settling in very well. We let her sleep, crated, next to us in the bedroom for the first 4 nights. I took her out onto the patio for toileting every three hours and she performed on cue. Put her straight back to bed and she whimpered only once for 5 seconds or so! Isn't she good! She's now sleeping downstairs in her crate next to Benji's crate. She must have a strong bladder. Last night she held on for 5 hours! (My alarm didn't go off!) Benji, our one year old, is fairly tollerant of her when she jumps at him and tries to bite his legs and tail. They chase around madly with each other, mouthing each other, until I have to stop them. Should they be allowed to do this or should I attempt to stop it immediately? Kira is not eating as much as the recommended amount on the packet but she seems satisfied. Three days after her first vaccination we carried her around the local area for a short while to begin her socialisation program. So, all is well with our new pack. Thanks again for all your interest.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,075 Posts
Kira is just too cute!!! Beautiful little girl! :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
703 Posts
Awwwwww! What a cute little pumpkin seed of a dog!
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top