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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-22-2010, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Doubles or Singles?

I have been doing a lot of thinking about getting another dog. I have had both good and not so good experiences with two dogs. My Min Pin found a little dog and brought him to the door, and they lived together for years with no problems, the little Min Pin taught the little dog everything and things worked out well. Actually the Min Pin was older (over 6) and so was the little dog.
My last experience was different. I had a younger dog about 5 months and my mother came with her little dog, about 5 months. She and her puppy stayed here for 6 months and then left. (Lowchen and Dachshund) She would be gone 6 months then back here 6 months. It never improved, the two were neutered males and they PLAYED, and Played and Played, roughhousing, growling, running almost every minute of the day. They tugged toys and were never still. It got to be too almost too much, not sure if it was being young, or just personalities. This continued each year until about 2 years old when my Mother stopped coming.

When I took Sir Winston over to meet Cicero, they just sniffed and mostly ignored each other, here again, they are older. We did not let them outside to see the RLH, but imagine that would have happened, however in the house they were not too interested in each other.

I guess my question to those of you who own two, do you find as they grow older they just start basically ignoring each other, or does it depend upon breed, etc. I understand dogs play by pulling each others coat, etc.
If you want to show them do you have to keep them separated in order to grow coat?

Thanks in advance for your words of wisdom!!

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It's a tough call Flynn. Mine do both; play and ignore each other throughout the day. For the most part they are inseparable but they do have periods where they just want to be left alone. At night, all 3 are on the bed but occasionally Evye must get claustrophobic and will get down and sleep on the floor. I think so much of it depends on the dogs themselves.

Good luck with your decision.

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I took my mother in for the last two years of her life. She came with a mixed breed rat terrier of some sort. My schnauzer and it just pretty much kept to themselves. Little Pearl-mine-was terriblly jealous of LeRoy around me and wouldn't let him near me. I hated the dog also. But they would go outside and play with the yard dog and were both very well behaved and smart. Now I have Josie Wales for Rosie and they get up playing and go to bed playing--but it is silent play. No growling. We sit and watch them and unless the cat jumps up on a table and Rosie follows it is a lot of fun. Course they are both just babies. I think Josie might be six months old and Rosie is 16 months. Two dogs making noise would not be good in my household.
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It's a tough call Flynn. Mine do both; play and ignore each other throughout the day. For the most part they are inseparable but they do have periods where they just want to be left alone. At night, all 3 are on the bed but occasionally Evye must get claustrophobic and will get down and sleep on the floor. I think so much of it depends on the dogs themselves.

Good luck with your decision.
Agreed! Roscoe and Stella do a lot of roughhousing. Stella is coming up on 7 months, Roscoe is coming up on 11 months. For the most part, they are pretty laid back, but several times per day they chase each other around and wrestle, wrestle, wrestle! Neither of them are very boisterous, so there is not a lot of noise involved. Mostly what you hear is their little paws running, and some huffing and puffing!

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My guess is you know my answer to that one Flynn. Singles or doubles or triples, oh my! Mine clearly love each other but spend some time, each on their own. When they go out, they're always looking for the others to follow. If I were abe, I would never have only one dog again.

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Actually I am not sure, I have had it both ways, bouncing off the walls all day and just fun to have two. I am not sure, suspect it is age, but it just may be the dog's personality. Sir Winston is very low key and will play with his toys, but does not seem to like rough housing...now I may eat these words...very probably will! Traveling is probably much easier with one and more welcome if you take them. I am trying tremind myself of holidays, etc., and if I want to try to leave them at home with a sitter, or what...lots to think about. Dogs would be welcome at my daughter's but with her set up and her 3, it is just not a nice thing to ask. Since I am by myself, I don't have a built in sitter to help...and the other side of that coin is when I am gone, Winston has someone here with him with another dog...the cats just don't seem to cuddle up to him!

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If you are content with the way things are……leave it, if you want another dog for you that is a different story. Galen came into our lives mainly so Smarty would have a friend. At times they totally ignore each other but most of the time they are in the same area. They play, do the RLH, growl, play fight and keep each other company. My life would be easier with one but we would not take a mint for little Galen. She has added so much to all our lives especially Smarty.

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when i had my cocker spaniel, he was pretty much the submissive type dog.
when i dog sat for the neighbors, their dog made it pretty clear she was in charge so
my dog lived by her rules when she visited.. my daughter's room was off limits because the neighbors dog claimed it, etc... when my s.o. moved in with his cocker, another male, they totally ignored each other, but both were seniors dogs, so that probably had a lot to do with it. i would love to get a sibling for j.j., but with my schedule, it isn't reasonable.... maybe when i retire
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I never anticipated having more than one dog. It was all I ever knew. We got Willow to be a companion to General (the yorkie) and they played like nobody's business. I was amazed at how gentle General was with the puppy. I share General with my folks, and they decided they wanted more time with him, leaving Willow just with us. So my husband decided he wanted another Havanese to be a constant companion to Willow. Now there are three dogs in our life.

Willow and Bella are here all the time. General is with us a large portion of the time. We have moment where one dog is a bit of a bully, and it all depend on who it is at any given time. Then there are other times when they run like crazy together. I can't imagine my life without any of the pups, but I also recognize the amount of time and energy it takes to give them all the attention they need. It really is a personal decison.

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Mine have times of the day where they play, like first thing in the a.m. in the afternoon, just before dinner and then again right before bed. The rest of the time they are sleeping or doing something else.


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