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    I had read in another post that someone was asking whether they should get another dog yet or not and some of the replies were very helpful, saying not to get another dog until the original is 18mths plus, and to wait until the first dog is fully trained. My dog is very bored, she is an outside dog and when we got her she had a playmate but she got put down about a month ago, and the dog that is left is bored. I have toys for her and walk her but she is on her own probably on average 23 hours a day, less on weekends, more if I am unwell or working a lot. She is almost 12 months, not trained completely, a staffy rotti, and I am looking at a staffy bull mastiff. Any comments are welcome. Thanks.

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    Harsh post alert, but I really don't think another dog is right for you... Your current dog only has human interaction for 1 hour a day, that is nowhere near enough.
    The solution is not to get the dog a playmate, then you will only have 2 untrained and bored dogs instead of 1. Dogs don't always play with each other all day. I have 3 here and they rarely, if ever play with each other, they much prefer our company.

    If the dog is bored and your situation is not going to change any time soon then I would look at rehoming. It's not fair on the dog to be alone so often.

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    I have to agree with CL....You could end up with a disaster of two dogs up to no good. it is very important that you interact with dogs. We have four and even though they love to play with one another we are their main focus. And we interact with them a lot to keep them obedient. I think if I left our four to themselves a lot, with out our interaction, they would turn easily into an unruly pack. To be feared and probably be worried about. Your choice of dogs are also big powerful dogs, they need to be well trained to live in todays environment.
    I have seen some lovely dog and cat relationships. That work really well as companionship, but that would need a lot of human interaction first.
    Maybe your dog can go to a Doggy daycare. There are lots of those now. And even evening Obedience Training classes. Somewhere you are going to have to find some time for your dog.
    Pets are forever

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    I'm sorry, it's not what you want to hear at all, but I agree with the others. I feel sorry for a dog who gets that little attention and another dog would only double the problem.

    If you really want to keep your dog, why don't you let them live inside? I work 5 days a week, but my dog is an inside dog, so I spend lots of hours with her cuddled up to me when I watch tv or talking to her and occasionally tossing a ball while I clean the kitchen. That's the kind of attention that takes no effort at all, but it makes the dog feel happy because they know they are part of the pack. I do also walk my dog 1 hour a day pretty religiously.

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    I have been sick the past 2 weeks and have managed to feed the dog and that's about it. The children go out and play with her and I go out and pat her during the days and have a throw of the ball etc. I rent and am not allowed to have her inside but I did start to bring her in last night. When we had the two dogs she played a lot suring the day, she loves playing with dogs, I take her on a playdate once a week for a few hours and she loves it but with working I can't do it any more than once a week. I am coming from the angle that she loves to play with dogs and it makes me sad to see her outside not playing around with another dog. She isn't neglected and is loved dearly and I just know how much she loves having a mate to play with. She has training and ongoing training, just not to where I would like her, that will be ongoing.

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    At the end of the day it doesn't matter what we think. Individuality and stubbornness usually win over logic and reality.

    You will do whatever it is you want to do.

    In your situation I would not be getting another dog until the current one is where I want him to be. That's why I only own one, though I'd love to have two.

    The others are right. You don't spend enough time with your current dog. Because your current dog isn't completely trained and well behaved it is far more likely that the new dog or puppy will teach the older dog how to be even naughtier. You'll wind up with two dogs you cannot control. Your current dog shouldn't be running around for a few hours straight at the moment anyway to protect her hips from HD.

    I get that you work, most of us do too. Why can't you get the kids to go for a family walk with you (or their father/mother?? I don't know if you're male or female nor do I need to know) and the dog? 30 minutes really isn't that much at all, and it gets the kids out of the house into fresh air, allows the dog to get some exercise and more importantly mental stimulation...

    In the last place I rented I wasn't supposed to have dogs indoors. Never a chance of me obeying that! I had the carpets steam cleaned every 3 months and never had a mark on the walls. There was never a doggy smell, never an issue with shedded hairs. I was proactive about avoiding damage and managing my dogs activity levels. Wasn't hard to do!

    I guess my long winded point is if you're barely handling the dog you've got how do you expect to handle a new one, including all the inevitable puppy stuff?

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    I understand that there are good reasons why you might not be able to spend more time with the dog. But unfortunately that does not help the dog. In my view, a dog needs a human to be their leader and another dog will not be able to replace that.

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    I also tend to agree with the others.
    As you are so intent on getting another why not get one from a rescue on trial to see how it goes. You can't just plonk a new pup or dog in the yard then hope all goes well while you are away from home.

    The problem I can see here though is if the kids are outside playing with the dog/s that you will have to be even more vigilant with supervising them.

    How would you go doing walks with two if you are away from home so much?

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    I think Angela is right: how are the landlords ever going to know that you let your dog inside?

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    My good friend's son and his girlfriend were renting a place with a no pet thing.
    This I see is what the landlord wants so you have to follow those rules.

    But they didn't they had their dog inside and here is the crunch.
    They posted pictures or video of the dog being inside.
    SO someone who knows the owner has alerted them to this breech of the law.
    And they were given their marching orders.
    So if you have a no dog law then you must follow it and if you chose not to then don't post things that can imcriminate yourself.

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