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Main reason I want to get a second dog is to give Oakley a friend... His happiest moments are when he is socializing with other dogs and he never sleeps as well as he does after an hour or two of doggie play.

Then they'd be able to keep eachother company during the day when my GF finally goes back to work, maybe get rid of any SA that he may or may not have. I know a second dog doesn't always help SA, as they are anxious about you leaving, not just being alone. Beyond those reasons, I'm thinking that it would be twice as nice having two, although I am leary that they could be a handful. (Had friends tell me that when they got a second dog, the hard times didn't just become twice as hard, but became exponentially harder)

I've also had the thought that if I am to get another dog, now would be the best time, as we've had Oakley a month now and he's used to the surroundings, but still young enough to adapt to change. (About 5-5 1/2 months old..) The dog I'm considering is another rescue dog, which isn't technically up for adoption yet, he is still on the stray side of the pound and has a couple days left before he is adoptable. I know this sounds bad, that I'm counting the days to take someone's dog... but the staff at the pound have informed me that this is the third time they have had to pick him up, and as far as they can tell from the third owner. I can't understand why anyone would give away such a beautiful and friendly pure-bred Golden Retriever (About 8-9months old)... who appears to LOVE attention. When I saw him in the kennel he had his body pressed firmly up against the gate saying.. 'PET ME!'... which makes me leary that he might be a good candidate for SA. But, what do I know.

Any advice or recommendations on any of my above babbling would be most appreciated. :)
 

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To be completely honest I would wait... Oakley hasn't quite hit adolescence yet and when he does, it will be like having a furry hurricane in the house. During the "teenager" stage, they seem to forget everything you've taught them, and can be very frustrating to handle. A month after getting your first dog is a little soon to be getting your second. I would wait till Oakley turns about a year old... long wait, I know, but it may be worth it not to have two large teenage dogs to train.
 

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To be completely honest I would wait... Oakley hasn't quite hit adolescence yet and when he does, it will be like having a furry hurricane in the house. During the "teenager" stage, they seem to forget everything you've taught them, and can be very frustrating to handle. A month after getting your first dog is a little soon to be getting your second. I would wait till Oakley turns about a year old... long wait, I know, but it may be worth it not to have two large teenage dogs to train.
Thanks for the quick reply... and I hear you... I'm guessing this is what my friend's were hinting at as well. Definetely be thinking long and hard this week... now I know why my dad won't step foot in the humane society or the pound, as he wants to adopt them all. (I think I inherited that...)

Well, it's decided.. was just watching an episode of DogTown and they had to put down an older dog with many health issues. This brought up a lot of harsh memories of my first dog, in his last few, sickly years... all the way up to the day he got put down. (When I was out of town.) One of the hardest things I had to experience in life to that point... I don't think I could take too many more of those, so I think one dog is the way to go... thanks again rosemary for the reply.
 
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