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Thread: Should We Get a Little Doggie Friend for Our 6 Month Old Pup?

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    Hi everyone!
    I am just wanting opinions.
    Our red heeler pup stays home outside during the day while we are at work monday to friday.
    We have quite a few toys outside for him.. but sometimes he starts chewing things like our plants and house.
    I understand he is only doing this because he is bored.. but could it also be because he is lonely?
    We were thinking of maybe getting another smaller breed dog to keep him company throughout the day ( a little play friend) as he gets another with family and friends dogs really well.
    We definitely understand the responsibilities of having another dog, be we think he would enjoy having someone to play with when we aren't home. And we also wouldn't mind to get another little dog.

    What do you all think? Have you noticed much difference when you dog got a play friend?
    Sit, drop & roll!!! So proud of my little man

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    It may solve your problems you may end up with twice as many, twice as deep. Ie two dogs in the garden digging and chewing.

    If you can't solve the problem with one dog, there is a possibility you have twice the problem with a second dog.

    Paul McGreevy - vet, scientist and animal behaviourist... says that two dogs are better than one and the best toy for a dog, is another dog. He had three. But he is also excellent at training, they go to work with him and sit in his office (uni sydney) and he gives them loads of exercise, ie they live on a farm.

    If you do decide to get another dog, definitely take the first dog with you and make sure they get along before you bring the second one home. Or if you get one from Pet Rescue, there is a possibility (depending on which rescue) you can take the dog on trial to see how it goes. Personally my dog plays best with other dogs the same size as her, but I know plenty of big dog + little dog families and they seem to work. Not sure there are no holes in the garden.

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    I am one who likes a dog to have company, especially if owners are at work.
    I have 3 blue heelers and don't even like the idea of one being alone in the pen (as big as it is) so it will be 2, 3 or none in there.

    I think it also depends on the dog.

    My advice would be if you do decide to get another is to take the pup with you to help with the selection of a friend. (snap, Hy)

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    We have 4, our first dog was on her own for 8 years before the 2nd dog and she never chewed, dug or barked. But she was a low energy lapdop. The 2nd and 3rd dogs are high energy hunting terriers, so having them as company for each other really helped. The 4th and 5th (after the first passed) dogs have only given the others more play time. They're all companionable and I believe that dogs, being pack-oriented animals, should definitely have another dog for company. As long as exercise/training/mental stimulation needs are met, you shouldn't have too much trouble.


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    I always have a rule, never get another dog unless the others are trained........So we always wait till the current dog/s are under control and well trained before we get the next. We have four now and that will be our limit. But each time we worked on the newest before the next. Lukey (and we had Tobias for a short time before him) is our newest and we waited until Katy was well trained before we got Tobias and then Lukey.
    I had to wait a whole year before we got Katy, because Annabelle took a lot of training.
    But our dogs do love being a pack and never seem bored, there is always one ready to play
    Because like Hyacinth said, you could end up with double trouble
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    I agree with the others. Also, an unruly dog/pup will teach the other dog/pup bad habits.
    Its possible your pup isn't bored, he just thinks chewing your plants and house is fun.
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    My 3 ACD's have plenty of exercise, toys, inside time, each other but one of their favourite things to do is dig. The garden shed which is their shelter and has their beds in it looks like they are excavating wine cellars. Many holes dug in the pen, especially under cool trees.

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    Is there a rule of thumb for land area when getting dogs? eg 200sqm per dog...
    Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3+dog View Post
    Is there a rule of thumb for land area when getting dogs? eg 200sqm per dog...
    Just a thought.
    It depends on the dog, the breed and the quality of time spent with the dog.

    I have 3 Pugs and they really need companionship more than space.

    You can have 5 acres and a dog that gets no human attention at all and 5 acres and a dog that gets 4 hours a day attention... which one do you think will be the happier dog?
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    My first heeler was an only dog for 6 years. She was also left outside when I worked. I did put an enormous amount of time in to her when I wasnt working and she came with me everywhere. There was a bit of chewing as a pup but she grew out of it. Since then I have always had multiple dogs.

    I currently have 3 youngsters under 18 months (2 were not planned - rescued) and they are also left outside in a secure area when I am at work to prevent them from getting in with the sheep flocks.

    The garden is a fright! but I live with it for the moment, knowing it will pass as they mature. They chewed and destroyed any dog beds I left out and they ripped up the lawn doing burnouts and digging out cool areas to lie.

    These dogs get plenty of exercise as I live on 200 acres- they work sheep and I do agility and lots of walks. So they dont lack training or exercise, they are just young dogs together and when I am not there, they entertain themselves.

    They are starting to settle down but they certainly can create chaos in a confined space when left to their own devices.

    My 3 older dogs (3,4 and 10) are perfectly behaved no chaos at all.

    My sister had 2 young whippets and they destroyed her garden untill they matured a bit.

    I would probably wait untill your heeler is at least 12 months, unless you are prepared to consider double trouble may be the result!

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