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    You never know even if you get pure breed. You can get an idea of course but most foster homes will give you an idea about the dog's behaviour before you adopt.
    Please consider adopting and not purchasing a dog. You will save a life.
    petrescue.com.au is where you start

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    Oh, another Gippslander! Thought I was all alone here.

    Just remember- 2 dogs = more work than 1. Not double, but more. For example, I have 2 and for me that means 4 walks per day (two each, am and pm, approx 4klm each walk), separate training sessions, separate obedience classes etc. To be totally honest, if you are seeking a friend for your kelpie to solve the barking in the morning issue or to fix behavioural problems....Don't.

    Sometimes 2 dogs will wear each other out all day long- but it's not guaranteed.

    I'd stick with doggy play dates... And add mental stimulation (training, thinking, problem solving etc) you need more than walks.

    If I'm totally off base, and it's a second dog you want because you want another dog, my apologies .

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    Thats what i was thinking maddog, my only problem is i live intown and rent.
    No one loves you like your dog does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    Oh, another Gippslander! Thought I was all alone here.

    Just remember- 2 dogs = more work than 1. Not double, but more. For example, I have 2 and for me that means 4 walks per day (two each, am and pm, approx 4klm each walk), separate training sessions, separate obedience classes etc. To be totally honest, if you are seeking a friend for your kelpie to solve the barking in the morning issue or to fix behavioural problems....Don't.

    Sometimes 2 dogs will wear each other out all day long- but it's not guaranteed.

    I'd stick with doggy play dates... And add mental stimulation (training, thinking, problem solving etc) you need more than walks.

    If I'm totally off base, and it's a second dog you want because you want another dog, my apologies .
    One of the reasons i was thinking of getting her a play mate is because i might not be able to have play dates with the dog that she currently has been having play dates with anymore.
    No one loves you like your dog does.

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    If you look for a dog in foster care, the carers will be able to give you a pretty accurate picture of their temperament and habits. You can then go meet any dog you are interested in and take your kelpie to see how they interact. If you think it's a good match and they approve your application, you will have the dog on trial for usually 2 weeks. If it turns out they are the devil in disguise or the dogs start wanting to rip eachother's throats out, you can still return them. Though you really want to avoid having to do that for the dog's sake, but it is an option for a worst case scenario.

    And yes, PetRescue - find your new best friend! is the place to start. It will list all dogs in foster care in your area as well as the RSPCA dogs (at least our local RSPCA advertises there anyway, not so sure about others).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny-girl View Post
    You never know even if you get pure breed. You can get an idea of course but most foster homes will give you an idea about the dog's behaviour before you adopt.
    Please consider adopting and not purchasing a dog. You will save a life.
    petrescue.com.au is where you start
    Would definately consider adopting, i will look into this
    No one loves you like your dog does.

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    If you do want to get another dog, i would say you should not get a puppy. It is quite likely it will learn bad habbits from your current dog... thats what koda did!
    Getting an older dog would be a much better option, and you wont have to go through the dredded teenager years!

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    Actually, I just browsed petrescue and could not find any dogs in your area, though I did not check the kelpies or kelpie crosses. But I did find this Gippsland organisation's site: Dogs for Adoption I like the bottom two.

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    I totally agree with getting an older rescue. Greyhounds are super chilled dogs if that is what you are looking for and there are thousands up for adoption because of the "sport" they are involved in. I have a kelpie and she is a neurotic mess, I found changing her from shitty store bought food to a raw diet calmed her down a lot because of all the preservatives in processed food, that has nothing to do with dog choice, just food for thought (pun intended)
    Owning a dog should be a partnership. Much like a good marriage it should be based on love, trust and devotion until death do you part.
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    Thank you for all your help guys i really appreciate it!
    No one loves you like your dog does.

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