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    Apologies in advance for the long post...

    Mindy is now just over a year old. She is getting bored during the day while we're at work, and we are considering getting a second dog so she has some company.

    Do you thing getting another dog would help to solve this, or will we just end up with two dogs chewing stuff? At the moment, she keeps herself occupied by coming up with inventive ways to get at the new and interesting stuff to chew on. To the point where she has climbed up on top of the shelter over the sandpit, got to the electrical cord plugged into a power socket (too high for me to reach) then dragged all the cord back through the fence into the yard and chewed up the battery charger at the other end.

    We are going away next weekend and she is staying at a shelter that has a kennel as well. Would it be a good idea to pick a suitable dog (if they have one) and bring them home together, or should we let Mindy get settled back at home before introducing another dog.

    We are looking at getting a desexed male dog, 1yr or older. Probably a little submissive as mindy seems very dominant. How long does it usually take before things settle down once we bring another dog home? And how can we help the process along?

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    I think that you should train here for a bit more and see what happens after all, she is only a year old, still a baby.

    Maybe don't think about getting another dog just at the moment, you see if you did get another dog she might think she is being left out seeing as she is home by herself all day and then you bring another dog home to her. She might in some way think that you are replacing her or that you have spent your day with the new dog.

    But then again, the company of another dog may be the solution to her boredom.

    It's up to you really...

    Have a good weekend away, keep us posted.

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    To be brutally honest with you, I think you need to come up with ways to keep your current girl occupied and teach her not to chew on things before you bring another home.

    Dogs teach each other things. Think of the cool kids at schools setting the examples for the younger ones. They do follow the leader. If your girl is 'boss' and you bring home a boy who is 'submissive' then you are risking your girl teaching the new one to chew everything.

    What do you leave for your girl to keep her occupied at the moment? Maybe we can give you some ideas of different ways to keep her mind engaged so she tires more easily. Incidentally, how much training and exercise does she receive (honestly)?

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    She gets a 45 min walk every evening, 15 on the lead, 30 off the lead.

    Training wise, we're not interested in formal obedience classes. We did 8 weeks when we first got mindy (4 weeks puppy school, followed by 4 weeks of the next class), but the group was very unorganised, we had 4 different instructors in the last 4 weeks, none of who knew what stage we were at or what we'd been doing the week before.

    She walks well on the lead. ie. doesnt pull. And knows the basic things reliably, sit, stay, down, come, and a few other tricks.

    She has plenty of toys, various commercial ones, and ones OH has made.

    The main problem is, she finds power cords so interesting. She loves the things. And when you think you have them all out of reach, she teaches you otherwise! Its not a consistent problem, she had been content for a few months before this latest escapade. I just feel its a symptom of being bored.

    When we have had another dog (dog sitting my parents BC), we haven't had a problem. But on the other hand, the two dogs never really clicked with each other. The BC wasn't interested in playing anything other than fetch.

    I've never owned more than one dog at a time, so the dynamics of owing two dogs is all new.

    It does seem i'm getting different advise on these forums, than I'm getting from dual dog owning friends!
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    Not the answers I was hoping to hear, but that's the purpose of the post. To find all those points I didn't know / consider.

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    Zifnab, I honestly believe that two dogs together are better than one for their own mental state of being if the owners are at work full-time during the day etc. I think a lot of dog owners in that particular position will tell you similar.

    It's different if you're at home all the time, or only work part-time here and there, but I would NEVER personally have one dog if I was off working 5 days a week.

    Unforuntaely, the issue of two dogs must be handled with great care, as like others have pointed out to you, it can cause further problems in many ways.

    Should you decide to get a second dog, my advice to you would be to abo****ely ENSURE your current dog meets the potential new one; access how they get along HONESTLY with no baisedness thrown in there. Two dogs that get along beautifully, well, there's nothing like it IMO.

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    absolutely? Bleeped? Typos' again. Sigh.

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    We have recently got a second dog (a rescue, 2 yrs old) and I would say it has curbed Jenna's desire to destroy things while we are gone. Having said that I have not left them for longer than about an hour yet.

    Jenna had a fetish for anything paper/cardboard, not as dangerous as power cords thankfully, but every time we left her we would come back to shredded catalogues, letters, birthday cards, anything she could find. Since getting Mya this has pretty much stopped.

    As DA has said, though, you must make sure the dogs get on well, if you are going to be leaving them alone together. I am also new to having 2 dogs and I am still learning. I still worry that their 'play' looks more like they're fighting but there is never any obvious aggression or yelping involved so I am beginning to relax a bit. However, I still would not like to leave them for 5 hours. Probably me just being paranoid though.

    How does your dog get on with other dogs, generally, when you're out for walks and stuff?
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    We go to the dog park most weekends, and she seems to get along with most dogs. She does play quite rough though.

    What do I look out for? If the meeting goes well on neutral ground, take them home and see how it goes? Or do they need to establish a bit of a pecking order on neutral ground before taking them back to the yard?

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    You can try putting vicks vaporub on your powercords to make them less attractive. Cheap and usually effective.

    Each sitauion is individual. Two dogs can be twice the dramas, or they can become more settled.

    Can you try a rescue or shelter that gives you the opportunity to have your dog spend some time with the potential new dog? Or maybe even a trial period?

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