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Any regrets after second pup?

We've had Scarlett for just about 4 months. I am already thinking about a second one. I love this puppy! This is a first for me (wanting a second dog). Any regrets from those of you who got a second? I'm thinking since we are still in the puppy phase it will actually be easier than waiting until she's older. Thanks for any input.
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Wait until your first is thoroughly house trained. My only regret came with the flu, I was sick and trying to care for two, would have liked to have not even one! Other than while in fevered delirium, I have had no regrets.
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I am definitely getting a second, but I'm waiting until Migo is two years. I think my next will be a Sheltie.
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I am definitely getting a second, but I'm waiting until Migo is two years. I think my next will be a Sheltie.
Aww! We've had four Shelties over the course of 25 or so years. Great dogs!
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[QUOTE=Marni;1350522]Wait until your first is thoroughly house trained. My only regret came with the flu, I was sick and trying to care for two, would have liked to have not even one! Other than while in fevered delirium, I have had no regrets.[/QUOTE

I had actually thought what happens if I get sick with just one! I know it's too early to be completely house broken but she is doing very well. The new one would be sometime between February and June. I hope she's trained by then!
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I personally think that it is best to have a couple of years between puppies. They really ARE puppies for that long, and even if potty training is perfect, there is SO much they need to learn in those first two years. You CAN do it with them closer together... And I had to because my second and 3rd are only 8 months apart. But it wasn't idea, and I sure wouldn't pan it that way. It was a TON of work.


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Thanks for your input. The puppies would be 8 months apart. I guess I'm thinking if I am training one what's one more? A friend got her second one when the first was 9 years old. They don't really play together. That's why I was thinking closer together while Scarlett still wants to play. I am home full time now so I do have the time. I've never had more than one dog at a time as an adult so I can't speak from experience. I won't be rushing into this without a ton of thought.
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Thanks for your input. The puppies would be 8 months apart. I guess I'm thinking if I am training one what's one more? A friend got her second one when the first was 9 years old. They don't really play together. That's why I was thinking closer together while Scarlett still wants to play. I am home full time now so I do have the time. I've never had more than one dog at a time as an adult so I can't speak from experience. I won't be rushing into this without a ton of thought.
Well, there's a HUGE difference between 8 months and 9 YEARS!!! LOL! There is plenty of room for a happy medium.

"What's one more?" is a HUGE question. Puppies, if you intend to raise and educate them properly are a TON of work, even one at a time. Two can be exhausting. Believe me. BTDT.

Kodi was 6 when we got Pixel, (she arrived on his birthday... SURPRISE!!! ) He played with both puppies, and continues to play with them now, at 8 1/2, though it is true that the girls play more with each other than they do with him. But they all get along, and will curl up on the bed together with us.

I'm not saying you should never do it... I had no intention for getting another puppy when Panda came along, but sometimes the right puppy comes along at the wrong time, and you make it work. I don't regret, in the LEAST having both girls. But it's not just "What's one more?" It's a TON more work, and having two dogs is a LOT more than just one, even if they are not so close together. It also means that you can't FULLY appreciate and enjoy either puppy the way you could one at a time, because you are always doing "crowd control".

So think it through carefully. There are no GOOD (dog) reasons I know of for PLANNING to get two puppies so close together, and there are lot of reasons why it's better to wait. If life-circumstances are such that this timing makes the most sense for YOU, then, yes, as I've said, it certainly can work. But go into it with your eyes completely open. Know what you are getting yourself into. Just sayin'.
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Our Leo was 2 and 3/4 years old when we brought Rex home. Leo was house trained, well socialized, has solid basic training of house manners and grooming manners. This allowed me to focus time and attention in getting Rex house trained, socialized, and trained. The boys love playing together and are such a joy. Rex is now 2 years old and they both are solidly trained, healthy and delightful. I think a couple of years between pups endured the first dog is well behaved and is less likely to teach bad habits to the younger dog. At the same time the older dog is still young enough to enjoy playing with the puppy.
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