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    hey all,

    some of you guys know i have a little staffy, right now he is 3 months old..... now im thinkng of getting another pup for him to grow up with..... probably looking at a rotti........

    is there a time where is would be ideal to bring another pup into the house, any issues with having a staffy and a rotti in the same house?

    anything else i could be over looking?

    cheers.
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    hey all,

    some of you guys know i have a little staffy, right now he is 3 months old..... now im thinkng of getting another pup for him to grow up with..... probably looking at a rotti........

    is there a time where is would be ideal to bring another pup into the house, any issues with having a staffy and a rotti in the same house?

    anything else i could be over looking?

    cheers.
    Most experienced people will tell you not to raise two pups at once for a variety of reasons. I know some people have done it succesfully (Di Dee) but generally it is best to wait for your first dog to mature 18/24 months before you bring another dog into the household.

    Pups will often bond stronger to each other than to people especially if you and your OH work all day and the pups are left at home alone all day. It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of separating for training, walking, play time to make sure your dogs develop a healthy bond with each other and a stronger bond with you. You can end up with dogs who have severe separation anxiety if the other dog is removed ie: to go to the vet, or if one dog passes.

    The other issue is your dogs will mature together and it is quite possible they will not like each other as they both hit maturity, not a fun situation to be in. Where as if you wait for your first dog to mature you can then purchase a new dog to match your current dog and what would suit them best.

    The other issues is do you really want to go through adolescents with 2 dogs at once, and not just two dogs but a Staffy and a Rotti....it will be hell on earth for you.

    I honestly would recommend you wait until your younger dog is at least 18 months old before considering a new dog. If you are set on it then you really need to make sure you have the time to work with both dogs separately, ie: walking, training, playing etc, as this will be really important. And you really need to keep in mind the issues that could evolve in the future ie: separation anxiety or dogs not getting along.

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    Good post, K&P.

    It can go a few ways

    Bond with each other more than you
    Size difference could cause problems with scraps that they have
    If you are doing it too in the hopes that your pup will be happier you may also end up with twice the problems.

    There really is no way to predict it.

    I had THREE for 5 months till Jess went to my Father in law.
    She is now back with me and thank goodness has slotted in well. (they are nearly 2yrs old now)

    I was aware I could have many more problems and am only now uncrossing my fingers.

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    To be honest I really don't think it was me raising them well so much as the circumstances.

    They were only 6 weeks old when I was diagnosed with the cancer and they had to learn pretty quickly that it was be gentle and quiet inside and do play etc outside as I was going through treatment.

    Other than that..

    I do not work outside the home.
    I did not have to lead train them or walk them for exercise as they just ran themselves ragged with each other.
    I did no real training as such except for the usual house training and sit etc.
    The rest was just absorbing them into our everyday lives, adapting some things at times for them or us, correcting gently here or there.

    I wanted companion animals and that is what I got.
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    Hi Reyzor.
    We get our pup on sunday, cant wait.
    All this doggy excitment has got the missus wanting another one, i nearly caved in.
    But after a good think about it i dont think having 2 dogs would be that good for us.
    2 pups would be cool but the work and responsibility of 2 dogs would probably be to much for us with transporting them together, walking 2 at once, twice the food and vet bills etc. etc. etc.
    I'd give it a few months and if ya still keen, go for it.
    Just my 2 cents, but if ya do it, good luck with it.
    Cheers.


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    As a breeder I often run sibling on, but it's not my preference. And I'd never sell a puppy to a person that already has a puppy.

    It can be done sure but it is a lot of work. I'm not so worried about the bond, I think a bond is great and I've never had puppies prefer each others company over mine or any of the two legged family, but toilet training, lead training and any hiccups along the way will often be two fold.

    Two puppies going thru teething one after the other, going thru adolescence one after the other it's hard work.

    And if they clash due to being close in age then it's a big problem.

    If you do still go ahead then it would be my recommendation to not have the same sex.

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    I don't do the age thing.....I just want the dogs I have at home be trained, before I bring the next one. It is what i do for bringing puppies home or Rescues. There is nothing worse than bringing home a beautiful puppy and it learning bad habits from whichever dog you have at home. puppies are like sponges, they learn both the good and bad really quickly. I was very anxious to get a newfie puppy about three years ago. But I had to delay for a year, because i ended up with Annabelle our newfie Rescue, who needed re-training. But it paid off in the end. Because Annabelle and Tessa were well trained when Katy arrived and she learned so much from them. And I waited to take my next Rescue until Katy was also trained......It makes it all so much easier. Sometimes you have to have patience, it is hard. But the end result is worth it
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    yeah i spoke to the breeder i got jonah from last night (we usually speak once a week), and he recommended that i wait till he is a bit older and has been trained to the level i want him at, and he did mention that the new pup would learn heaps from the older dog, so best get him into good habits now.........

    cheers for the heads up all
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    When Harley was about 5 months we got lily as we Thaught the poor boy would be lonely. Now we have two almost 2 year old rotties
    it was hard, still can be. Double trouble and all that. But I can see how much they love each other, Seriously they will share bones snuggle together.
    I can see we would have probs if one died or something but ill deal with that if it comes. I think any dog would grieve for his lost mate.

    I have two now and I could never give either up, they may bedifferent dogs if they didn't have each other and I wouldn't change them.

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    My two are only a few weeks apart in age and i wouldn't have it any other way. We got buckley at 9 weeks and Abbie at 6 months, so a little different to the situation you're in.

    We originally wanted a puppy rather than an older dog but Abbie's breeder convinced us otherwise. Buckley has a really rough play style (which would have been too much for a little puppy) so in the end, it was a godsent getting a dog of similar age and size. We haven't had any issues with them bonding with each other more than us. To be honest, they spend almost no time apart but Buckley seems to prefer laying outside on his own and Abbie sticks to you like glue. They have a few squabbles here and there but are happy to sleep on the same bed at night and eat from the same bone.

    I'de maybe wait until at least 6 months old. You're dog should be pretty switched on to how he should behave by that age and the bonus is that he will help to toilet train the pup amongst other things. Or you could consider getting an older dog?

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