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    I often have multiple youngsters and actually prefer my dogs to have at least one other in the family close to them in age. A whole litter of pups can be a little wearing but when there's just a handful left they can really be charming.

    Different breeds, different individual dogs and different owners is all.

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    This Amy is where you have to make up your own mind what you want.

    I have in my house a 4yo, 2yo, 22mth old, 18mth old and two 4mth olds.

    I had the 18mth old before I got the 22mth old, he is a very calm, laid back boy, but since the arrival of the 22mth old who is a live wire, things have got full on with racing around the yard and ball games and chasing birds and rabbits. Though they do sleep separate, My boy prefers to curl up with his babies and the girl prefers a quiet spot on her own, but it's probably because they are exhausted.

    Two dogs IMO are a dream, you've got just the right amount of arms for everything. If you've got three you may as well have four IMO, it's hard to explain.

    But if Poppy loves rolling and wrestling and getting dirty etc and then dragging it in the house the down side comes often with the upkeep of that side of things. Also if Poppy has a playmate in the form of Batty you are kind of getting the benefits of Poppy having company without the extra work.

    I'm not for or against the idea, just throwing ideas out there. If you rent then also moving with two dogs might restrict you more?? I don't know, haven't rented for years.

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    I have trained deaf dogs before and they are NOISY NOISY AND NOISY

    they dont know how loud they are

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pandii View Post
    I have trained deaf dogs before and they are NOISY NOISY AND NOISY

    they dont know how loud they are
    I've got an old Bully here that is deaf and am very lucky that he makes no noise. On the odd occasion that he has barked if I am late getting his dinner I have noticed it is extremely loud. Makes me grateful that he is a lovely quiet old boy.

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    I think dogs need the company of other dogs, especially if you're a full time worker. There's bound to be some friction and jealousy to begin with but if you introduce them to each other in the right way and neither has serious behavioural issues they should get along.

    2 dogs are definitely harder to train as they will inevitably distract each other (and you!) but if you're happy with where Poppy is behaviour wise, I say go for it Especially if you have OH around to help out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    Two dogs IMO are a dream, you've got just the right amount of arms for everything. If you've got three you may as well have four IMO, it's hard to explain.
    Next year my 2 + OH's 1 makes 3...sounds like we might as well get a fourth! (no really.....MAC said we should!)

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    I kept two of the pups so they would have each other, I am very glad that I did. Yes it is harder to train, you just don't do it all together. I have 3 all up and love it.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    As another first time dog owner, no matter how much puppy fever I seem to have at the moment (you'd think actually getting the pup would make it better, not worse!), there is no way I will touch another puppy until James is much, much older.

    I assume there's a bit of a breed difference - obviously a Labrador's a touch more full on than a Cav cross, but even so, I want to successfully navigate the first several of years of the first dog's life before being thrown back into puppydom A 6 month old (or 7 - Poppy's a month older than James, isn't she?) and a non-house trained 1 year old does not sound like fun to me.

    But, of course, you are not me! If you're happy with Poppy's behaviour and progress and think you'll have enough time to maintain both their training, why not? Personally, I would not go interstate, simply because I would want the security of a trial period in case J. and new dog just don't work together, and interstate turns that into a bit of a hassle.

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    Thanks for the advice Natty, MAC, Meegs and Di! Its good to know that in your situation you find two are better than one! I am really excited of the possibility of getting a playmate for Poppy and another fur baby for us but also worried about how it McIntosh change the dynamics in our house.

    I am very happy with Poppy's progress and obedience. While she's not perfect and is still learning she definately knows when no means no and down means down! We have been doing NILIF with her and it's made a huge difference!

    She does go crazy with Batty but then they wear one another out and settle down a bit. I'm assuming that's how things would be with another cav in the house? They would have ther crazy race around together moments but then settle down and snooze momenta too?

    How would I go about introducing them properly? Would I do it on mutual ground, like at a nearby park? That's how we introduced Batty and Poppy!

    Do you think I would find it harder to train an older dog? With regards to her toilet training would she catch on just as well as Poppy did?

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    I haven't found age to make a difference. The challenge is in not expecting them to know stuff just because they're older. You need to treat your older dog exactly like a baby, and not have any expectations regarding toileting.

    You have to do the same as with a baby, be really watchful and vigilant and lots of praise for doing the right thing.

    I've housetrained greyhounds from a kennel/racing background and found that if you just think of them like a baby puppy for that purpose it is much easier.

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