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    Question New Friends???

    Hey my partner and i have just adopted a new pup

    when we first got her she was very shy but has come out of her shell alot, we are so happy about it

    we are looking at adopting anouther pup about the same age, and wondering if this would be a good idea

    Would thank anyone for a bit of advice

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by tazza View Post
    Hey my partner and i have just adopted a new pup

    when we first got her she was very shy but has come out of her shell alot, we are so happy about it

    we are looking at adopting anouther pup about the same age, and wondering if this would be a good idea

    Would thank anyone for a bit of advice

    cheers
    No not a good idea in most cases.

    Remember having two puppies means twice the work, twice the amount of poo and toileting accidents, twice the amount of time to exercise and train, twice the amount of socialisation, and double trouble when they both his adolescents together.

    The other issue with dogs that grow up together is that you can never predict whether they will like each other as they hit late adolescent and early adulthood. You could end up with two dogs who hate each other.

    Or you can have the opposite and if allowed to spend all their time together you can end up with dogs who are more bonded to each other then you and who are so bonded that when one is sick and has to go to the vet for an over night stay your other will not deal with it well, or heaven forbid if one dies before the other, grief is certainly an emotion they feel and if allowed to bond so strongly you need to be prepared for the possible problems that come with that (not just separation anxiety from each other but behavioural issues)
    You will need to dedicate time to separating puppies during the day, doing separate walks, separate training and spending time with them separately to make sure this doesn't happen.

    If your dogs do end up hating each other you have to be prepared to either crate and rotate them for the rest of their lives or rehome one.

    It will be much better for you and your current pup long term for it to grow up on its own, learn to be alone and then in 2 years time to look at adding a second dog to the family.

    Everyone that I know who has bought home two pups of the same age has found it extremely trying and will never do it again.

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    Thanks

    My partner and myself are up for the challange of taking on two pups, we know there is much more then just the cute little cuddles.... other wise we would not even thought of doing so
    i was more worried about my current pup prehaps losing some of her new found confidance?
    She gets along great with other dogs very well and i think looking for a friend
    but is totally in love with my partner, so not worried at all about her getting solely attachted to another dog

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    I personally would also wait until your current pup is older. As K & P said, it is better for your pup in the long run.

    One of my dogs gets separation anxiety from the other and she has nearly killed herself trying to get to him when he has gone somewhere and she is left behind. She has been with him every day since she was 6 weeks old. That is one thing you want to try and avoid.
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    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Thanks

    i am truly thankful for you advice and i think ill let current pup grow up a bit before trying to add another

    xx

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    i agree with the above comments. my two were never brought up together as pups, but we adopted them within 6 months of each other. Now i have a real problem when it comes to separating them in the weekend my girl get all depressed and stuff when the other one isn't around (the other one is not mine, but i Dogsit him during the week for my mother) so now i'm pretty much screwed if i want to move away and cannot look after the other one anymore. I'm going to either have to get it trained out of her or leave her behind which will break my heart!

    Also need to think about them ganging up on you LOL. They do it all the time, one is pretty good with being obedient - until the other one is around, then it all goes out the window LOL

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    Thanks, we also dogsit our parent inlaws 4 year old pup is this not a good idea ether?

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    There is nothing wrong with dog sitting, in Kuri's case she looks after her Mums dog all week so the dogs are together for that entire time. If you were to do the same, as K & P suggested - giving them alone time is best.

    How old is your pup? (you also forgot photo's lol)

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Oh thank god, pup has grown very close to parent inlaws pup

    Mine Is a Australian Blue Cattle X Jack Russell
    She is 3 and a half month
    We got her from Gunnedah rspca
    Her name is Dakota

    and yea im trying to get the hang of that, Keeps saying my photos are to big!

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    I have waited until my first dog was 2 years old before adding another, and I am really seeing the benefits. If you have done a good job with the first one, then half the work is done for you when you bring home the next. She has both us to learn from, myself and the first dog and what has taken 2 years to train him she is picking up in weeks. She understands from watching him that it's best to walk nicely on lead, to go to the toilet outside, to sit and wait calmly for food rather than jumping all over the place, what should be worried about and what can be ignored and what amount of barking is acceptable ie he is teaching her how a dog is expected to fit in an behave. And yet because Sammy is already totally bonded to me, they are forming a strong relationship with each other but the humans come first. We can easily take her out on her own and she enjoys the solo attention, whereas I have known people with two pups, and if they try and have one without the other it's just sad and desperate to get back to its dog friend.

    I have known people who bought 2 (or more) puppies at the same time, and everything has turned out fine. But I have also known people for whom it's gone very wrong which can be just devastating, and either way, you don't have the benefit of an 'already well-trained' dog to help teach your new pup, which I have now found to be invaluable.

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