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For those of you who have two (or more)...

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?


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The second one is easy with training ....but, puppyhood is rough. I still don't like leaving my boys home. Glad dh is home 98% of the time!



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The second one is easy with training ....but, puppyhood is rough. I still don't like leaving my boys home. Glad dh is home 98% of the time!
But do you TAKE them places with you, or just have someone home with them? I like having Kodi's company when I'm out and about.


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I have been waiting for this to happen....When I moved to NC I had Poohkey and Boo Boo I had them for about 6 yrs in CA, 5 of those years just the two, I took them everywere (weather is dog friendly for most of the year). I use to fly to Arizona with them to stay with my Dad every chance I got. Since I lived in India part time my kids were home with them and they spoiled them. They needed to get out in the world at first to socialize them. They did great, when you get a second dog it helps if your other dog is already well trained, it allows you time to train the new dog. I found haveing two was easier after they were both trained also I did not feel guilty when I did have to go away or be out for the day, they had someone to hang out with. I know when the time comes you will be ready.

I often take all 4 dogs together to board and pick up all at the same time, that is a task.
Takeing three to class is not a problem, I never let my guys sit in the front seat, I worry about the airbags even if they have a shut off. I use to always use the crates but now I have four doggie seatbelts....Yogi is not a good car rider he whines all the way, he does not whine when we go home.

My DH has a cousin who takes his two Beagles everywhere, they have a motorhome and they use it for vactions with the kids, at places like Disneyworld they leave them in their crates in the motorhome. They got the second when the first was three.

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Colby and Gilbert go to work with me every day (I work mon thru thurs). I also take them with me anywhere I go that they can come and not be left in the car. Its not really all that much extra work in my opinion. I have a large dog seat that they ride in or else they share the travel crate together. Maybe I don't feel its much work for the two doggies because compared to my two kiddos they are so easy to cart around! Lol. Colby's training rubs off on Gilbert and that has made it easier too. colby knows the routine for going to work so I don't have to harness him up when we arrive or go home. Colby knows to wait by the car until I have everything and then he runs straight to my office. Gilbert follows Colby everywhere so Gilbert is picking up the routine easily.

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How do you take Kodi out and about with you all the time. Like going to the grocery store?



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How do you take Kodi out and about with you all the time. Like going to the grocery store?
No, not to the grocery store, because he'd be too far away for me to see, and he'd have to be in the car too long. But there are many errands where he can either come in with me, like to the bank, the hardware store, Lowes and Home Depot, garden centers, visiting friends, or just quick stops like to the pharmacy, or coffee shop, where I can leave the car windows open, and watch the car from the store.

The grocery store, work meetings and Dr's appointments are about the only times he doesn't come with me. If I don't take him to the bank, they are disappointed!

We often choose to eat at restaurants that have outdoor dining and allow well mannered dogs, so he cna come with us, and he ALWAYS goes for ice cream with us... We just order from the outdoor window, and sit at an outdoor table or on the tailgate of the truck.


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Then I would think you would have your hands full if you had two with you. I use to take Dexter to Lowes all the time when he was little. I don't feel comfortable taking them now, they are too big and now I have two.

I think I could get away with it now with Jack, he is only about 12-13 pounds, but not two dogs.



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[QUOTE=The Laughing Magpie;437742]I have been waiting for this to happen..../QUOTE]

Thanks, Robbie... Somehow I KNEW you'd be an "enabler"!

I only let Kodi sit in the front seat with me because I know the airbag is disabled with any weight under 70 lbs on the seat. And he's always buckled in. But I love having his cute little head resting on my arm while I drive.

I don't see the travel trailer being a problem for two, except having to figure out where to put a second crate.

I guess it's mostly that I fear giving up the close relationship we have if I were to get another one, and end up having to leave BOTH behind (either at home or in the trailer) more often.


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As for giving up that special relationship, don't give it a second thought! Both of mine have totally different personalities and they get treated differently.

The only thing that changed when Jack was brought into the picture was....well several things:

Dexter is not a picky eater anymore and he is more playful. Jack really brought out the playful personality of Dexter.

Once the potty training is done.....it was easy! Like I said...puppyhood is rough, it takes a good year before you can start relaxing again.



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