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    I've read through a thread similar to this about Ankle Biter wanting to get another dog for her at-the-time 6 month old pup. But I just wanted to know more of the owner side of things when owning 2 dogs.

    As some of you may know, I own a kelpie puppy, 8 months now. We currently attend obedience training at the local dog club and Milo has been there for 6 lessons so far, and we've both been doing quite well. He still has a few puppy habits like stealing shoes, but this has slowly decreased in frequency so I think he is starting to settle down (still got a while, I know). He's gotten to know the house rules like not going upstairs. But being a kelpie, I understand that he needs to burn a lot of energy so he's constantly fighting for my attention. This is ok from time to time, but not when I need to study for uni exams. Although I think I am socialising him enough with dogs and people, he still always has that thought of "let's play, let's play" whenever he sees another dog. I jog with him at a local park every day after uni where he occasionally sees another dog but doesn't play with it since he stays within a 30m radius of me. I take him to parks with lots of dogs every Saturday, and dog training on Sunday. Yet, he still thrives on dog company.

    I am contemplating getting a 2nd dog as a rescue around December this year (Milo would be 14 months at this time). But I don't know if that will make it worse or better for me. I know the time I spend with them individually will double with daily 5-20 minute obedience training. But, will they occupy each others attention more and less of mine (so I can get some decent studying done)? Money wise, I know it will increase.

    My main question though is, would it make time management for other things in my life easier or harder? How will 2 dogs compared to 1 dog affect the owner?

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    It will all depend on the breed of dog and IF they like each other.
    The best idea would be to take your dog along if you can to help choose.

    I am wondering why you have such a high energy dog such as this working class of dog in suburbia?

    I do however know of a Border collie kept in an apartment. I was a tad horrified to hear that but then learned the owner went in heaps of triathlons and the dog ran with him for lots of Kms daily.

    I have 3 dogs now and I do find that they keep each other company.

    My last blue heeler spent the last 6 years as a lone dog after my BCx passed away.
    It was quite obvious he liked it that way.

    Usual signs that a dog is bored can be barking a lot, digging and destruction of property.

    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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    it is hard to tell whether to get another dog or not. bring a kelpie, and if you were thinking of getting another kelpie, when you are home they will be much more interested in you then each other. so you have a fair chance of having two sets of eyes begging you to play rather than just the one.

    either way you take a chance. once i get home from work my girl will ignore the other two dogs in the house and soak up as much attention from me as possible. so i doubt it will change much. if your dog lives to spend time with you another dog will always come second to them
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    Yeh, if I was to rescue a dog, I would definitely bring Milo along to make sure they get along well. Since if they like each other... might mean it will be easier for me.

    I got a kelpie for it's breed characteristics, physical form and general temperment. Also, I like to jog so I was after a jogging companion. Plus... my family had all these conditions when I said I was getting a dog. Not too big, not fluffy, "good looking", not too small, etc.

    I don't think he's bored as he's not doing the usual behaviours of a bored dog. He would normally sleep when we're not home, and when we're home, we play games with him like tug, fetch, hide and seek. He gets about 3 hours of exercise daily (a bit too much for his age though I think) - 1 hour walk in the morning with my dad, 1 hour jog/powerwalk in the evening with me, then 1 hour walk after dinner with my dad.

    But since he tries to be friends with literally every single dog he sees, I thought it would be a good option for him to have a dog buddy. But, I just don't know if that will affect me as the owner positively or negatively.

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    I wasn't thinking of another kelpie, for that same reason. They would both want my attention as they thrive on human company. I have not thought of any breed as of yet - still a bit early. But the main factor affecting which dog I rescue lies on which dog Milo choses. Since I was thinking more of if I don't have time for him at that moment, then he still has company of another dog (I don't know if it works that way... I've never owned two dogs and all my friends and relatives only own one dog).

    More so, I want to know what it's like to have 2 dogs compared to 1 from other peoples experience.

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    The first 6 years I had a single dog - an ACD. She was not impressed when I bought a new pup home as she wanted me all to herself. Having 2 dogs was not too much harder work but it did seriously compromise my relationship with my older dog. It was never quite the same again. But your kelpie is much younger so it shouldnt be a problem from the sound of it.

    I have 6 dogs and I am quite sure each one would do fine as a single dog and would possibly even prefer it as they are all kelpies, koolies, cattle dogs and border collies. But I quite enjoy having a number of dogs. I do spend a lot of time training them individually though and I do live on a farm now so exercise isnt a problem.

    I think the one thing I liked about having a single dog is the time I had to develop an insEperable one on relationship. I have a good relationship with all my dogs but it has never been quite like that first single dog.

    I just cant resist adding those extra dogs, 2 from working dog rescue LOL. I wouldnt see it as too much of a problem, but do it because you want to, not because you think your dogs wants a companion. Dont bet that they will occupy each others attention so you can do less. I didnt really find that at all and I have 6!
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 06-10-2011 at 07:11 PM.

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    Thanks for the replies guys! I'll keep it as a thought and see how things go by the end of this year. I definitely don't want my relationship with Milo to be impaired! But I've always wanted more than just one dog lol.

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