I'd be interested in your opinion on this one.
Our lab x is now about 18 months old and we're thinking of getting another dog. Mainly for two reasons: for one he is still scared of people. He has made progress but we now seem to plateau ... He accepts strangers as long as they keep a healthy distance to him. He would never allow someone to pat him and I am pretty sure that he would bite if he felt trapped.
The only strangers he seems to accept with no major difficulties are those with a dog on the other end of the lead. Or those that at least smell of dog. If other dogs are around his confidence is boosted by at least 200% - he is a completely different dog. No sign of the timid little lapdog... So we hope with a companion he'll grow eventually more confident. The other reason is that my work has changed. I used to work from home but will spend a lot more time away in future and I would like to give him some company.
He LOVES dogs, has never been in a fight and plays nicely with everyone although he seems to be more interested in bitches. Some male dogs he even completely ignores.
So my ideal is a youngish girl. Must have is: well socialised with people and dogs and very friendly to anyone. My preference is therefore a grown up dog ... simply because we'll know what we get. My partner wants a puppy though He believes that nobody ever knows how they turn out once they're settled in...
So I'm basically just after some tips on how to chose a second dog. Is there anything we need to think about? How do we introduce a new member to the family ... and how to his playmates.