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    I'm waiting until the end of this year/beginning of next year before we get a second pooch (Troopa will be a little over a year old).
    Just my personal choice though, I want to focus solely on Troopa and his training and just enjoy him before adding a new addition. Plus the fact that this is my first ever large breed dog so I'm very much a learner atm and don't want to overwhelm myself

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    okay thanks for that. Infomation is most helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    At what age would you recommend your first dog be before getting a second?
    past the worst of the "puppy" stages...eg peeing inside...chewing...and after you are done the foundation training works or else you are stuck with 2 puppies to train...at the same time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    past the worst of the "puppy" stages...eg peeing inside...chewing...and after you are done the foundation training works or else you are stuck with 2 puppies to train...at the same time
    I guess once the first one is trained then getting the second wouldn't need as much training because it would follow what the first dog does? If that makes sense.

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    I was thinking of getting an older puppy for Jade to play with, is that a bad idea?

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    I plan to get another dog when Jenna is about a year old. However, things rarely seem to go to plan in my house so who knows. I have fallen for a rescue who is recovering with foster carer at the moment and we will see if she is suitable when she is well, might end up being before Jenna is 1yr but she won't be far off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tkay View Post
    I plan to get another dog when Jenna is about a year old. However, things rarely seem to go to plan in my house so who knows. I have fallen for a rescue who is recovering with foster carer at the moment and we will see if she is suitable when she is well, might end up being before Jenna is 1yr but she won't be far off.
    Same. We'll see how things turn out, eh?

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    I find it easier to train Mollie when Boof is hanging around. I tell Boof to "SIT" and "STAY" and as Mollie watches him she waits for her commands. I think she preforms them best when Boof is there with her
    Mollie LOVES Boof, and Boof thinks she is an annoying hyperactive wierdo, but I know he loves her too XD.

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    Boof is GORGEOUS!!

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    If you get a second dog that is the same age or older - you have all sorts of problems when they sort out which dog is boss. Then again some dogs are happy to let another take over.

    If you get a puppy before the first dog is fully trained - you end up with double trouble and they teach each other bad things. If the first dog is trained, it will bring the second with it when you call it. But if it doesn't come when it's called - you've lost both of them.

    Two dogs can be great together, I'd just wait until the first one is all sorted and then get a younger one. And take your first dog with you to help choose - it won't work if the first dog hates the second one.

    Blue Heelers and Italian Greyhounds and some other dogs can prefer being single dogs, some are good and some aren't, you will just need to check for that too.

    In the meantime make sure your first dog gets plenty of time meeting and greeting other dogs at places where they gather for exericise and you will get an idea of what kind of dog she prefers (what size/shape, how active, what they like to do together) or even if she isn't interested at all.

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