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    Default Another puppy

    I know this is a puppy based question but Rosie is currently 9 weeks old and I am thinking of getting her a brother. When our boy died last year I said I would get 2 dogs next so they could have company during the day when we are at work.

    My question is that if I order a puppy that will be able to come home in 8 weeks Rosie will be 17 weeks old. Is this too old to leave her alone with the puppy during the day?

    Having said this Rosie is a blue cattle dog and I am going to get a male black labrador.

    Any thoughts...............

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    Personally I'd leave getting a second puppy until Rosie was older and trained to a level you're happy with. Two puppies at once would be crazy. That's just me though, i would probably separate the two for a few weeks to give them time to get to know each other and get use to each other.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Couldn't agree more with above post. As a breeder I often run on two puppies from a litter to see who is going to be the best but I wouldn't do for any other reason than making sure I make the right choice which means I don't have litters very often. I go to great lengths to make sure the pups have plenty of time apart and do not become reliant upon each other. Two pups going thru teething and two pups going thru the adolescent stage is not my cup of tea.

    I also find that young pups are less likely to take on an older dog. I don't meant fighting but playing with those needle teeth that an 8 week old pup has, he'll be less likely to try them out on an older dog and heed any warnings of when to stop bugging the older dog.

    I will not even sell a pup to a home that already has a dog under about 9 months of age, more likely even older & you might find a good labrador breeder will feel the same.

    Keep your current pup well socialised and she will readily accept a new pup at a later stage. I personally like about 18months age difference between dogs and most importantly make sure your current dog walks well on a lead because there is only one thing worse than being dragged down the road by one dog and that being dragged by two.
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    Chiming in on this one - I agree.

    It is 24/7 job trying to raise and train two young puppies and you won't get the best results as they will be teaching each other bad habits.

    To have two terrific dogs you need to raise and train them separately. Then the second puppy is an absolute breeze because the first one is already fully socialised and well mannered and will actually set a great example for the new pup and will even help.

    It is like having twin babies instead of a young child and a new baby....the increase in work is exponential.
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    If you do choose to get another puppy, then leaving them unsupervised together all day is very risky. They can injure each other with rough play and damage their growing bones tendons etc. Get adjacent pens where they can see each other if you like but make sure that they are both in a secure shelter with suitable toys etc.

    Your current puppy will be just as happy mostly snoozing through the day, she will be most active during the times you are home so take advantage of that for training.

    Or get her a kitten for company...the kitten will just scarper if Rosie plays too roughly so she will learn to be gentle!!
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    Have you thought of getting an older calmer Rescue maybe...Some are well know by the Foster carers and make great pets
    Pets are forever

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    I order a puppy that will be able to come home in 8 weeks
    It usually takes a bit longer than this to get a quality puppy. Ie planning a litter takes a lot longer than 8 weeks. There's waiting for the bitch to come in season, and then the pregnancy and then 8 weeks for the puppy to be old enough to go to a new home. It's not like ordering a book.

    A lot of cattle dogs like to be only dogs - unless they've always been with a lot of other dogs. My dog is a cattle dog cross, and she's everybody's friend - until I bring a stray home to wait for the dog catcher or owner to pick it up and then she's Ms Grumpy Bitch. So I would need to be extremely careful about bringing a second dog into the house hold.

    And like the others said, until you have the first dog trained to do what you want, bringing a second dog home, just gets you two naughty dogs, and twice as hard to fix.

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    I think best advice is wait till your pup is trained to a level you require, before getting next one.

    If you are ruled by your heart, and not your head. then you have to take each pup separately to train them. A LOT OF WORK.

    Most pet owners, come mothers, come full time employee, come taxi driver dont have time. Only you can truly know how much time do you have to put to this?

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    I ended up rescuing a 10 week old cattle x male and they are a perfect balance for each other. They both walk on a lead together, no fights over food and Rosie has finally worked out the peeing thing. This will be hard work but training any dog is hard work. My parents bred german shepherds when I was growing up and my Dad trained guard dogs. So the training wasn't the issue just the older puppy younger puppy but it worked out perfectly as Rosie is only 3 days younger than Lou.

    Thanks again everyone your feedback is appreciated and I really enjoy reading this forum daily

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    Im glad that this has worked out for you, and both pups have play mates. The best type of pup toy, is the 4 legged variety.

    enjoy and send us photo's!

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