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What's one more??

Hubby and I initially agreed to wait until Chi-Chi turned 3 but after crunching the numbers and working out the time commitment, we are looking to add to our family late this year. The new plan is to place a deposit on a litter (yes, another Hav) in November and bring a puppy home around the time Hubby fully retires in January 2018 (Chi Chi turns 2 in November). Things we have considered: additional cost for food, training, vet visits, pet insurance, grooming. We may have to scale back on travel budget but I'm ok with that.

What concerns us most is how Chi-Chi will take the news! She's a little spoiled to say the least. Also, aside from my cousin's Shih tzu that she sees maybe 3 times per year, she has never played with another small dog. All the dogs in her puppy kindergarten were big. There are a few small dogs at our training facility but we don't really socialize, just train. Is there something we can do to prepare her? Or do we just show up with this puppy and say "Look what we bought you!"?

I'm excited, but also a bit nervous, so thanks in advance for any advice.
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yeah the more you socialize the better. It should never stop.

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I was worried about Kodi for the same reason... He was 6 when we brought Pixel home. He was and is VERY well socialized, and I agree with Dave completely that this is extremely important and an on-going project for the life of the dog. I think the most important thing I had to do of Kodi was MAKE SURE that he had respites from the relentless puppy. He was very gentle with her and she took full advantage of that!!!

Panda was actually a little easier on Kodi than Pixel was, because Pixel was still young enough (10 months when Panda came home) that she still very much enjoyed puppy play. When Kodi had enough, he'd give a little growl, and Panda would run off to find Pixel, who was more than happy to play.

As each puppy matured, they all started to develop a more stable, adult relationship. They all get along pretty well now, though we have occasional "girl squabbles". I'm hoping they will abate after Panda is spayed in another month.


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yeah the more you socialize the better. It should never stop.

heres more Adding a second dog Pat Miller Bringing Home a Second Dog | The Bark

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Thanks Dave, good food for thought. We live in a very dog friendly community and Chi Chi has become friends with several dogs on our walking routes, but still ALL big dogs. There are 2 older dachshunds we see frequently but they are littermates who don't play with ANY of the other dogs. She is also great with making friends on vacation. She is fine with me sharing treats and playing with other dogs, I just don't know what she will do if she finds one on my lap
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I was worried about Kodi for the same reason... He was 6 when we brought Pixel home. He was and is VERY well socialized, and I agree with Dave completely that this is extremely important and an on-going project for the life of the dog. I think the most important thing I had to do of Kodi was MAKE SURE that he had respites from the relentless puppy. He was very gentle with her and she took full advantage of that!!!

Panda was actually a little easier on Kodi than Pixel was, because Pixel was still young enough (10 months when Panda came home) that she still very much enjoyed puppy play. When Kodi had enough, he'd give a little growl, and Panda would run off to find Pixel, who was more than happy to play.

As each puppy matured, they all started to develop a more stable, adult relationship. They all get along pretty well now, though we have occasional "girl squabbles". I'm hoping they will abate after Panda is spayed in another month.
Hubby is rallying behind getting a male dog to avoid the "girl squabbles". I thought he was just tired of being outnumbered.

Oh, and thanks for the "New Crates" post! I was able to show we could add another crate without looking like we were living in PetSmart.
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Thanks Dave, good food for thought. We live in a very dog friendly community and Chi Chi has become friends with several dogs on our walking routes, but still ALL big dogs. There are 2 older dachshunds we see frequently but they are littermates who don't play with ANY of the other dogs. She is also great with making friends on vacation. She is fine with me sharing treats and playing with other dogs, I just don't know what she will do if she finds one on my lap
Make sure she gets lots and LOTS of love on her own, but don't LET her be possessive of your lap. She may try it, but if she does it, push her right off and don't allow it.

Most little dogs who get along with big dogs, will also get along fine with smaller ones. Also, puppies come with "puppy license" which makes well socialized adult dogs "pull their punches". Often you have to protect the older dog from the younger one.
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Hubby is rallying behind getting a male dog to avoid the "girl squabbles". I thought he was just tired of being outnumbered.

Oh, and thanks for the "New Crates" post! I was able to show we could add another crate without looking like we were living in PetSmart.
Ha! Glad you like my crates! I do too!

I think it's pretty common for two of opposite sexes to get along best. Not to say that two of the same sex CAN'T get along, it's just that it's more likely with two of opposite sexes. Also think it's harder when you have intact bitches in the house... a situation that will change fairly soon here.
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I bet Chi-Chi will love having a playmate! 😊 Scout and Truffles are inseparable. Truffles was a wild puppy and still has her moments. Scout was so gentle with her even when she was on the attack. He's our Zen doggie.😉
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My two havs are 15 months apart, and they couldn't be happier with each other. At play or at sleep.
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We had one family getting their second one from us. Pam had been watching the litter and decided on which one she thought would work best. The new owners had their preference too. Pam suggested that they bring their dog to meet the puppies.

The older dog, and one of the puppies bonded immediately. The other puppies hardly noticed the new dog, and the visiting dog paid no attention to any other puppy. They played the whole time together. It was not one that either Pam or the new owners had thought would be the right one, but it was obvious when the two dogs got together for the first time.

All those puppies were used to playing with our whole pack, as all our puppies are, so it was more going on there than simple dog socialization. I understand that they are still best of friends in their home.
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