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I was talking with my hair dresser today and she said that when you have more than 2 dogs one always gets left out and feels bad. Have you seen this???
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Okay, I don't have two, but I think that's silly! That's like saying that when you have 2 kids one always feels left out and bad. It has a lot to do with how YOU treat them, not with whether or not having more than 1 dog is good. If that was the case, why do dogs form packs amongst themselves? I read this really interesting paper (published scientifically) about how dogs form pack dynamics even at dog parks and when meeting more than one dog on the street! Dogs are social animals... they are meant to be in packs. It's the way the HUMAN manages that pack that makes it a successful or unsuccessful one, IMO.


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Hear, Hear!! Good explanation, Lina! That hairdresser must have had some underlying issue...(looking for excuses to not have pets-plural- maybe?)

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Yeah, she said it is like having 3 kids. One gets left out. Huh? I was one of 3 kids and I didn't feel left out.

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Two, she said, was good. It was when you got to three or more.......

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Three or two, it doesn't matter... it's all about how you treat them. What a silly woman!


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Carole- I kind of see what she might have been meaning. I don't know if one gets left out but mine never really seem to all wrestle together if that makes more sense. Like two play tug, two wrestle, etc. It isn't the same one that always gets left out. But the same one is almost always included- Dash! Well the girls do cuddle more together but it is usually Dash and someone playing tug or wrestling or RLH. It is hardly ever all 3 doing it together.

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Yeah, she said it is like having 3 kids. One gets left out. Huh? I was one of 3 kids and I didn't feel left out.
Me, too. I was the middle one of three, the only girl. I would have loved to have a sister, though. Hmmmm...maybe THAT is the answer. We should all have four Havs: 2 boys and 2 girls! That's it! We need to do it for our dogs!




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Nope, not in the least. I involve both my guys in all play and activities. Even though I got Bogart first, I treat both with equal affection. But because I had Bogart first until he was a year old, he has definitely bonded more to me than Brando. But it really doesn't cause any problems.

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It sounds like your hair dresser is trying to put human emotions on dogs. They live in the moment, and live for pleasure. If they find space more pleasing, they will seek space. If they find canine interaction to be more fun, that is where they will go. If they find their humans to be more rewarding, you know where to find them. The dynamics of 2, 3 or 10 isn't going to be set by a number.

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