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    Question Do Puppy's Need a Playmate

    Hi all,

    Back after some health issue's

    Jade is doing great we are currently at puppy school she is doing really well, she can sit, fetch, drop and we are starting to stay;

    I was just wondering do you think its better to have one dog or two. I am a stay at home so she is never really alone, but i wasnt sure if it would be better for her to have a play mate, a doggy play mate.

    Any idea's would be great.

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    Since you are home most of the time I don't think it's necessary to go there yet.

    I think being able to concentrate on one puppy at a time is good.

    Maybe when your dog is older?

    Having said that, I have 4 dogs with more on the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taraboombara View Post
    Hi all,

    Back after some health issue's

    Jade is doing great we are currently at puppy school she is doing really well, she can sit, fetch, drop and we are starting to stay;

    I was just wondering do you think its better to have one dog or two. I am a stay at home so she is never really alone, but i wasnt sure if it would be better for her to have a play mate, a doggy play mate.

    Any idea's would be great.

    xxxx
    It is preference really...I think having 2 here have made my dogs happier. They have "human" time and "doggy" time. A lot of people say...if you get another dog...they get more "doggy" oriented...not in this house. As much as they enjoy each others company...they still love human cuddles and human contact.

    If you have the energy...resources...wallet...time for 2 dogs...why not

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    I think it depends on the dog.
    I got Griffen when Madeline was 6 months and I think having another dog around when I'm not home has been great for her.
    But I think if it was the other was around Griffen would have been happy on his own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    It is preference really...I think having 2 here have made my dogs happier. They have "human" time and "doggy" time. A lot of people say...if you get another dog...they get more "doggy" oriented...not in this house. As much as they enjoy each others company...they still love human cuddles and human contact.

    If you have the energy...resources...wallet...time for 2 dogs...why not
    I think thats the perfect way of putting it.
    Once I get better with Dora, and everythings fine, I'm planning to get another dog (we're moving houses [as soon as we find one ofc] and will actually be able to get two dogs) for her to have 'doggy time' with. This is going to be done once me and Dora have a good relationship and I'm more experienced with dogs of course. Maybe once she's one or two years old? Plus, I think hanging with someone other than the cat will be good for her

    I do find that most dogs are happier with a doggy companion (all my friends have two dogs) but like Clea said, it's not necessary.

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    So really its up to us if we add another member to our family? Jade seems happy with the 3 of us, but she LOVES other dog's and I'm not sure if that cos she is a puppy still or her nature.
    She is a flat coat so i was thinking of getting a blue heeler or something along those lines as i love heeler's and did have one, but it though too for energy levels. Any idea's?

    This is so hard i dont want to make the wrong choice here, just want Jade and our family to be happy.

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    I would like another dog for Blue to play with when we are not around but when we are around I don't think she would like it very much as she gets a bit jealous when we pay attention to our friends dogs, so I wouldn't want for her to fight for attention, which I think she would. Depends on the temprement of your dog I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taraboombara View Post
    So really its up to us if we add another member to our family? Jade seems happy with the 3 of us, but she LOVES other dog's and I'm not sure if that cos she is a puppy still or her nature.
    She is a flat coat so i was thinking of getting a blue heeler or something along those lines as i love heeler's and did have one, but it though too for energy levels. Any idea's?

    This is so hard i dont want to make the wrong choice here, just want Jade and our family to be happy.
    We got Ruby (at 8 weeks) when Sumo was 5 months and trust me...it was A LOT OF WORK! Unless you are willing to commit to this work...don't do it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    We got Ruby (at 8 weeks) when Sumo was 5 months and trust me...it was A LOT OF WORK! Unless you are willing to commit to this work...don't do it yet.
    At what age would you recommend your first dog be before getting a second?

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    Once we go back to Europe we will for sure get another dog (or two ) but at the moment we can't. But saying that, I think Ziggy is fine being on her own. She gets walked first thing in the morning with a lot of running and usually playing with other dogs so that she is knackered after that and sleeps all day until OH and myself come home from work. Then another walk in the evening again usually meeting other dogs... So she can't really complain about not having enough "doggy time". So it works just having one dog but like the others said if you have the time, money, energy to get a second one.... WHY NOT???!!!

    But I personally would wait a bit longer until Jade is a bit older and you don't have to put up with two puppies

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