Adding second dog

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Hannah
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Adding second dog

Post by Hannah » 24 Nov 2019, 15:51

Hi, I adopted my rescue 4 months ago at the shelter I volunteer at. She is a 4 year old mini who is completed trained and the most adorable thing ever. Her only issue is she cries the entire time we leave her alone for a few hours. She is not destructive when we are gone. The vet recommended a companion pet but my husband is worried she won't like that. She follows us everywhere all day and sits in our recliners with us. there is another cutie mix at the shelter and I want to bring her home for a trial. Any thoughts? How long before we would know if she bonds to the new little girl (slightly bigger than she is) Thanks for any input. This is my first experience with this breed.
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zeta1454
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Dog #1: Magic
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Born: 15 Mar 2012
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Re: Adding second dog

Post by zeta1454 » 24 Nov 2019, 16:04

Hi Hannah and welcome to the Forum :-)

Personally I would not recommend getting another puppy / dog while you still have issues with the first. There are too many unknowns anyway with shelter dogs in terms of knowing their previous history and how they will adapt to family life, other animal companions etc. Although it may work out OK, if it doesn't, there is a great risk in causing more distress and damage to either or both dogs.

Even with puppies from a good breeder, I would always recommend waiting until the first is settled and mature before getting a second as you don't want the second dog to be affected by any unresolved issues or behaviour problems of the first.

If your current mini is suffering separation anxiety, you need to concentrate on trying to resolve this before thinking of adding another dog to your family, in my view.
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. ~Roger Caras

Magic - Silversocks Sharade at Darksprite
Trilby - Darksprite Rosa Bud


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zeta1454
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Posts: 4070
Joined: 19 May 2011, 16:58
First Name: Leigh
Dog #1: Magic
is a: P/S Mini Bitch
Born: 20 Apr 2010
Dog #2: Trilby
is a: P/S Mini Bitch
Born: 15 Mar 2012
Dog #3: Pip
Born: 21 Feb 2014
is a: P/S Mini Bitch
Location: North Yorkshire
Contact:

Re: Adding second dog

Post by zeta1454 » 24 Nov 2019, 16:28

There is some useful information on this link too :-)

https://vetaround.com.au/blog/is-a-gett ... ing-to-do/
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. ~Roger Caras

Magic - Silversocks Sharade at Darksprite
Trilby - Darksprite Rosa Bud


https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/C ... 916994967/

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Re: Adding second dog

Post by Riesen16 » 27 Nov 2019, 11:23

Zeta 1454:

Well said!!

If your current mini is suffering separation anxiety, you need to concentrate on trying to resolve this before thinking of adding another dog to your family, in my view.

We waited until our puppy was 12 months' old and sufficiently well trained. Our Landseer male was too old to enjoy a puppy but when I said "Hey Ben" "play a little with him. He did a sort of "shadow boxing with him".

Gaucho, Fila Brasilero,12 wks, joined us when Eric, Briard, was around 14 mths and was overjoyed as he watched from the Terrace as we carried Gaucho into the house. They were excellent together: France and Brazil united!!

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