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  1. #11
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    I always at least have four dogs........We are on a farm, but also work away from the place some days. Ours stay in the house and have free access to our screened verandahs. which the dogs love. In Summer we leave fans on. My main reason for leaving them in the house is that it is the coolest place in Summer. And our dogs always seem so good. We do have a kennel room with a large run, but we hardly use it. Only for Fosters and Rescues and when Katy is in season. In Winter we always leave a door open to the verandah, except for the very coldest of days.

    I work hard at my dogs getting used to being alone and not always with us. Some of the rescues would love to be velcro dogs, but I make them have alone time. By teaching them place, crating and getting used to being in the Kennel. We do it slowly and for short periods, increasing the time. It now means that everyone just settles when we leave....I am sure they sleep most of the day. Some of their toys get moved around, so they do get up.
    We have done this with all our dogs, newfies, Collies, ACD's, GSD"s and our working Kelpies. Our dogs have always been inside when we are inside...They have free choice with the doggy door until about 9pm. After that if they are hot it is the verandah's
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    I have 2 Dobies, 1 male, 1 female.

    I had the boy for about 18 months and as it was just the two of us (my cats notwithstanding, lol), the relationship dynamic seemed to be getting a bit... Narrow. The whole leadership thing was getting confusing for him, I thought. So I started searching for a companion for him. Having only ever owned males, I was a bit concerned about bonding with a female. It was almost like I was buying him a toy.

    Suffice it to say I eventually found my girl, she is a perfect companion for him, I adore her, and the 'family dynamic' has become far better with much less confusion. They hang out together outside whilst I'm at work. Once I'm home, they tend to have eyes only for me.

    We walk twice per day for at least an hour. Sometimes we walk all together, sometimes one dog at a time. My dogs also use a treadmill 1-2 times per week and swim at a dog swim centre once per fortnight. We have lots of little training sessions 5-20 mins multiple times each day. The training sessions are often incorporated into daily activities (like my poo pick up 'game'), though occasionally will be focussed on a particular skill.

    Neither if my dogs shows much in the way of separation anxiety, but I do like to run two for that bit of doggy companionship.

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    LOL...... i forgot. We walk in the morning for about an hour and about the same in the evenings. But our dogs also free roam our property when we are home. And our Little Tessa is a great hunter and takes the others on adventures
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    We have only one dog - a lab x. I'm self employed and work from home quite a bit so he is spoiled that way. I'm away for about 3 half days a week and occasionally I can take him to work. The downside is that I have to travel sometimes and then I'm gone for a week or two (Nero starts sulking when I pull out the suitcase) During this time it's only OH - and he is at work all day. I'd love to get a companion for him, especially because he is such a social dog. He goes crazy whenever we meet another dog and he has never been in a fight or anything. He has a couple of regular playmates we catch up with a few times a week, but I'd like him to have company all day. It's a source of argument with OH, who says he does want a second dog, but whenever I suggest to go to the shelter 'to have a look' - he chickens out. Nero is very much 'his baby' and I believe he fears that Nero could divide his affection if we'd get another dog...

    I walk him in the morning, usually for about one hour or so. Then he is tired enough to not get into trouble even if I'm not at home *lol* He has his doggy door and access to the whole house and garden when we're not there. Never had any problems... no digging. No fence jumping. No chewing things he shouldn't chew... At night he'll usually get another short trip down to the creek for a swim or a play with his mate.
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    I have two now, but only for the last 6 or 7 weeks. My big boy was an only for nearly 5 years. He's an inside/outside dog. I used to leave one of the doors open for him to go inside some days when I was at work - if it was pouring rain, for example. He is a pretty low energy dog, so half hour exercise a day is more than enough, and sometimes he'd rather chill on the couch then go for a walk.

    We got a companion for him because my new job meant spending less time at home with him (going from part time to full time). He's not anxious, but he loves company.

    The new pup is much more high energy, but I think that is not a bad thing. Now, the two of them stay outside during the day, and come in at night.
    They play together, and the pup plays on his own. They are not inseparable, but they get along fine, keep each other company. We have had to step up the exercise quite a bit to keep up with him though.

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    Hi there,

    I have three dogs; Hobbes the APBT, Lizzie the dingo/ferret hybrid, and Lulu the Shitz U to effing tears/silkie terrier/maltese terrier cross. I would never again have only one dog. Dogs need their pack. Hobbes is the coolest laid back dog that I have ever known, Lizzie worships him and just follows Hobbes lead, and Lulu couldn't give a rat's arse about anything other than where her next meal is coming from. Hobbes is my ratter, Lulu is my mouser, and Lizzie is my watch dog. They each have their role to play.

    Thing is, all jokes aside, I find it far easier to deal with three dogs rather than one. Their humans go out to work each day and our dogs are left at home. At least they have company during the day and my neighbours don't complain. I think that we should do what we can to ensure that our dogs have company and are not bored. I think I would be bored effing mindless if I was left on my own at home with no one to play with. I'd probably go mental and do things that my owner would not approve of.

    ricey

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    I have two, well techiqually one but they live together
    1/4 golden retrievier x 3/4 labrador, 16months
    labrador x border collie, with something else, possibly jack russle, 10years

    exercise varies day to day, i have very bad depression and sometimes it takes all my energy just to get out of bed in the morning.
    i love having two dogs because they always have company

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    It is rare that there is only the one in this house,there is usually 2 or more .
    As for it keeping doggies happy I think its an individual thing.
    Tonka does love having others around sometimes to play rough house with etc but even when he's not the only dog here he will still search me out for some 1 on 1 time playing . In fact there are times that I feel he quite enjoys being the only dog now. But the others all seem to adore him and he's great at the assistant training house rules and so on lol

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    My old dog seemed to enjoy the competition another dog brought to the house. But then it did often cause her food guarding to get out of control, especially as she got older. And when she reached old age, I decided that her reluctance to share my attention probably outweighed any benefit she would get from a companion.

    Banjo would love a playmate though. I might get into fostering when we get our own place as Banjo is so adaptable and accepting of all dogs. And I suspect in the end we may end up with a foster failure then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I've only ever had one dog. Often considered getting a second one for company when I'm not home, but never did.

    My dog seems ok when I leave, but I still feel bad when I see her watch me drive away through the gate. I do leave the backdoor open for her. And she does have the cat for company - and they do actually play together regularly!

    If your dog is not interested in the other dog, I doubt it is going to help his anxiety much.
    I don't expect the new girl to do miracles with his anxiety, I guess it's more so I don't feel bad when I go to work.

    I know how it feels when they watch you through the gate as you drive away.. It makes me feel so guilty all day. Then when I pull into the driveway, there he is, watching me, wagging his tail AND then he starts squealing and jumping on the fence again.

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