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Advice on second dog?

So an opportunity has presented itself for me to possibly get a second puppy.
My question is at what age was your first dog when you got your second and do you think this was a good age?
Basically my little Havanna who is havanese/beagle is amazingly fun and keeps us very entertained but I really think she would benefit from having another puppy to grow up with. She tries to play with my Persian cat constantly and he tolerates her for a little while then will get mad and swat her good letting her know he's not in the mood to play with her.
Shes 12 weeks now and I have an oppertunity to get an 8 week old puppy who is half brussels griffon half unknown breed of terrier but he will stay small like her. What do you all think? Good idea or bad?
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It is double the potty training they are so close in age it will be like litter mates. I have two that are 3mo apart and they love each other. I can say that it is easier with one but love having two! Some people think the pups will not bond as well with you I have no idea if that is true. Mine are both very bonded to me.

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I have two that are only about 4 weeks apart.....I could not imagine how I would possibly keep only one entertained all the time lol...I think you have to make sure that you will be able to spend one on one time with each puppy...I didn't think it was harder to potty train two than it was one....I don't think it's a bad idea...good luck!
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Thanks for the tips guys. Honestly I was thinking I'd rather get all the potty training done with at once. The only thing I wonder is if they'll teach eachother bad things. :0
My hope it they'll teach eachother positive things.
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Haha doesn't work that way have to take the good with the bad......
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As long as you are willing to do all you can!!!!! It should be fine. Yes potty training is always a problem. I had two puppy mill rescues many years ago and I got through it. Yes it was hard. I do understand about them needing someone to play with. One of the reasons we got Misty so soon after losing Poohkey, was Yogi kept bothering the older Lhasa with the bad back. Yogi was about 2 and Misty was 3 when we got her and had a litter of puppies. They have done great together.

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Candy was almost 5 when we got MoJo - course she came from a home with lots of dogs (a breeder). MoJo was 2 1/2 when we got Moxi. They've all done really well together
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I've had two (and more) at a time in the past and it always worked out well. I've never had a concern about my dogs bonding more with each other and less with me and I've never had an issue with it. They loved each other and were never lonely when I had to be away from the house.

With the havanese, when Milo was one, I got Bailey and almost two years later I got Ruby. I would have no fear of doing it, with the understanding that there will be some extra work, especially in the beginning.

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I think it depends on you, your family situation, and your puppy's temperament, as well as the puppy you are considering getting. My baby Ceylon (15 weeks) is doing great on his own with my daughter and me, and although I am thinking that I probably will want to get him a companion at some point later when he gets a bit older (like, in a couple of years or so, maybe a rescue hav), he does just great on his own, and for now, I really want to foster his ability to be OK alone when he has to be alone, and also I want him to grow up depending on us humans first for love and companionship.

I am not saying that getting a companion for your puppy is the wrong thing to do - only you know what your puppy needs, and whether she would benefit, or not, from having another puppy to play with all day long while you are gone - but in my mind, 12 weeks is too young for deciding anything, really - at 12 weeks, if they have been socialized properly, they will be just fine with almost any situation presented to them. How long have you had her? Puppies take longer than a month or two to really 'settle in' - - and if you do take the other puppy, you do know that you are assuming just as great a responsibility with the new puppy, as you did when taking your Havanna in the first place...

Only you can decide if the added responsibility is worthwhile. Myself, with a 12-week-old puppy, I would give it more time - but I don't know your Havanna, or your situation, so I can't judge you either way . I do want to know what you decide though!
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Dexter (first Hav) almost 1 1/2 yrs. before we added Jack (2nd Hav). I had Dexter's basic training out of the way and he was potty trained!

It is kind of hard to train both Dexter and Jack at the same time. I have to wait until they both sit, lay down...whatever..... before they get a treat. I do find the training challenging with two Havs. Because, Dexter was pretty much trained before getting Jack. I could have Dexter sit to the side and stay (get a treat) while I worked with Jack on training.

I thought it was a perfect age to add the second pup. I was ready for a second pup with renewed energy.

Think of having two young Havs like having twin human babies for a year. I thought having two Havs became so much easier after a year of growth.

Jack still has some accidents (stools) in the house (maybe once a week). Double that for two young Havs.

This was my experience.

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