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    We are considering another dog in the future when Oskar has matured a bit more and we live somewhere with a bit more space, even though I have a great back yard for one pooch. At the moment he is only 9 mths old and we want him to be a bit older when the second one comes along. I reckon the playdates as Hyacinth suggested is a wonderful idea.

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    Yep, I can totally relate to that too, 99bottles! I don't work long hours, but I do work every day. On the one hand that would be my main reason for wanting a second dog, on the other hand, if I would spend more time with the dog or dogs, I would feel less guilty about leaving them at home when I go somewhere after work or on the weekend.

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    I wanted company for Bernie. We got a staffie. What a disaster. In the meet n greet, no issue. Away from litter mates, the staffie pup had a death wish! Really aggressive to bernie. More front than harrods that pup!
    We took it back. I was fearful bernie would put the pup in his place, possibly doing damage.

    Then we got Pohm. I kept her in a crate for the first few days, so terrified that he'd hurt her. No need. He was so gentle, pulled his punches. Sure she got squashed on several occasions. But no serious harm.

    Now they are inseperable

    However, Bernie's obedience level dropped. And its impossible for me to work both dogs at once, so i have to do 2 types of walks. A good long run for both of them. And bernie's separate training, and pohm's training separately.

    Now i have 2 dogs to train, with only 1 persons free time. The quality and quantity have definately dropped.


    Twice the vomit, hair, humping, licking, verbals, vet fee's etc.
    But now bernie can round something up all day long. Without me lifting a finger
    I dont have a tv to watch, i have my dogs relationship. Never repeats, hilariously entertaining too
    you gotta love that!

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    Thanks everyone, I think for now I will look into trying to find some playmates for Moses. I did some soul searching and I don't think that I will be able to confidently walk two dogs at the same time. There is no point in me getting another dog if Moses misses out on excercise. I will have to try harder to get him some play dates. Thanks 99bottles for your honest reply, it is much appreciated.

    I guess I will always swing back and forth on this issue, but for now I will stick to trying to find him some playdates. Thanks again everyone, I find this forum so supportive.

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    I can help on the small dog and big dog thing

    I have a 40 kilo dog, and a 6 kilo dog. No injuries and my dogs play very rough. The small dog has been rolled on, thrown, battered and she loves it LOL

    Personally, I find 2 dogs much easier than one. I do walk them separately but in regards to training, I dont do much of that anyway as my guys always learn by osmosis after the basics.

    My guys are great at home, do what they are told and are well behaved. Its only really on walks they get each other wound up so they are walked apart if I have to do it bymyself. If my OH comes then we walk them together. I can walk them both though if I have to.
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    I see you have decided what you want to do. I was going to say go with your gut feel and maybe try a rescue dog on trial to see how they go.If it does not work out then they can go back to try and find a better fit home. That is no dispertion meant on your dog or home. There are never any guarantees that they will like each other. I do like having more than one dog even though I am home but I have also had just one dog at times and I think they were happy.

    I swore that after my last dog died that there wouldn't be anymore..kids grown and away, they would tie us down and now I have 4 of the buggers.
    I also know my own limitations and if I lived in town and had to walk them I really think I would only have one, if any.
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    My mum used to have Great Danes with Miniature Poodles.... They never hurt each other, larger dogs seem to know that they are big and play more gentle with smaller dogs... Unlike smaller dogs who think they are giants.

    The transition between 1 dog and 2 can be difficult for some people, but once you have 2 then 3,4,5,6.... it just all runs together

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    When I was still living in Ireland, we had a single dog, Chico - we thought he was lonely, because we were all out working all day, so we got a puppy to keep him company, Tess. They adore one another and he was no longer lonely while we were out - but, as others have said, the quality of our relationship suffered. He used to come places with us, but its a lot more difficult to handle two dogs than one - even little ones, and Tess had anxiety issues, so didn't like being around people.

    Dealing with a puppy meant less attention to him and when visitors came to the house, which Chico loved, they always go to the little ball of fluff (Tess) instead of him, despite the fact she hates visitors. I could no longer walk them myself without getting wrapped around trees. I couldn't let them run, because they'd go in different directions and I couldn't watch them both. Chico's perfect recall went out the window, despite the fact that Tess' recall was perfect and he became dog aggressive as he protected his woman - a problem we never had before. They were both desexed, but that didn't make a difference.

    So, though we love Tess dearly, sometimes we regretted getting her. They are not badly behaved - as they've gotten older, my mum can now walk them and recall them by herself, but it's been a long road and a lot of extra effort.

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    LOVE your profile pic Sue, what a cutie...i think!
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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    It appears you've already made up your mind, Sue, but I must say that having two dogs (Fos and Ebo) is a blessing because they are best friends and interact with each other in ways we can't interact with them - all day, every day and when we're out. I'm all for having two dogs if they get along.

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