With all the puppies on the forum, it has been making me think about when (or if) I'd like to add another to our family. I think you all know how in love I am with Kodi, and so is Dave.
Kodi goes almost EVERYWHERE with me. Even if I am just doing errands, he'd rather come along than wait at home. He travels with us... We've been vacationing in the Finger Lakes Region of NY, and he has even been touring the wineries with us!
The only day of the trip that he hasn't been with at least one of us 24/7 was the day that we went to the Corning Glass Museum. Then he was alone in the trailer (which is like a second home to him) for about 4 hours.
If you have more than one, can you DO that with them, or do you find it too complicated, and end up leaving them home more? I know it's probably EASIER to leave two home because they keep each other company. And we could probably take two in the trailer without too much trouble, it would be the side trips that would be more complicated... more stuff to pack, more potty stops, more walks, more feet and bellies to wash and dry...
I just love having Kodi's company in the car with me, but even that would seem complicated with two... Kodi usually rides beside me in the front seat. i have a Mini Cooper, and getting two dogs in and out of harnesses in the back seat would be tough. It would be easy enough to put them in crates in the hatch, but Kodi has never ridden in a crate in the car since his trip home from the Kings. Somehow it would seem like a "demotion".
Up until now, I have worried that I wouldn't have the time to put into training two dogs. But actually, now Kodi is at a point where the foundations are really there. I don't have to be working him several times a day to see good progress in his skills. So I am actually getting to the point where I COULD see myself in the next couple of years being ready to take on the training of another one... I just worry about it changing our whole family dynamic.
So how do those of you with two or more handle it?