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Old 12-26-2008, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Should I ever get a second dog

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas! I know that Havs tend to velcro themselves to their primary caregiver. However, for those of you that have multiple dogs, do they go off and play together in the house? I really really want another dog for Marble to play with. Right now, he follows me everywhere. If I move to another room, he jumps up from under my chair and is at my heels in a second. I am concerned that he won't spend any time with a new dog because he's so attached to me. Even though my kids make a lot of efforts to play with him, he still stays by my side. Do you think he'll ever want to go off and play/snuggle with another dog? Or will I just have two little dogs that follow me everywhere? I'd love to hear from anyone with multiple dogs.
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Old 12-26-2008, 10:27 AM
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My two guys do play together but it's not constant. I would say about 2 or 3 times a day they chase and wrestle each other for a good 15min. It's more than just playing together, I find they tend to keep busier because they are always keeping an eye out on each other. Mostly I suspect to make sure one doensn't get more treats than the other lol

They'll probably both follow you everywhere though. My guys still follow me throughout. They like being around people so that's where you'll find them.

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I hope everyone had a nice Christmas! I know that Havs tend to velcro themselves to their primary caregiver. However, for those of you that have multiple dogs, do they go off and play together in the house? I really really want another dog for Marble to play with. Right now, he follows me everywhere. If I move to another room, he jumps up from under my chair and is at my heels in a second. I am concerned that he won't spend any time with a new dog because he's so attached to me. Even though my kids make a lot of efforts to play with him, he still stays by my side. Do you think he'll ever want to go off and play/snuggle with another dog? Or will I just have two little dogs that follow me everywhere? I'd love to hear from anyone with multiple dogs.
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Gina,

Having two will totally change the dynamic between you and your dog. After a period of adjustment (very short in my house) you'll find they interact with each other a lot and more than double the joy for you. When I first contemplated getting a second I couldn't imagine loving it as much as I loved Milo and I felt almost guilty at the thought of subjecting a dog to second best. But boy was I ever wrong. I truly adore Bailey. He's the smartest, most loving, easiest to train little boy with an incredibly endearing personality. As with children, I love them each intensely and in totally different ways. I say go for it, and keep your camera battery charged.

<b>Just Milo and me, and . . . </b>Bailey makes three . . . until Ruby said, "hey, what about me?"
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Old 12-26-2008, 01:15 PM
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Cazzie my Hav is very attached to me, but since Chelsie the Coton arrived in July, they go off together quite a bit. A few minutes ago I went looking for them - they DO get into mischief together - and they were both on my bed with a toy. I'm glad we have two. Cazzie was quite lonely before Chelsie arrived - he would sit and stare out the window and his play was quite rough for me. Now they can roughhouse together and RLHeck around and around. Cazzie still cuddles up with me a few times during the day.

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I love having multiple Havs. Each is velcroed to my side a few times a day, but will always take on the challenge of a RLH and wrestle with each other. They will sleep together, and sleep with me. Each of my guys has a special type of relationship with me as well as with each other. I STRONGLY recommend it!!

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It is good to have too havs, mine have different character but they are really friends together, everything works well.
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Old 12-26-2008, 01:52 PM
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I can't wait to have a second Hav, as I think Pablo would LOVE to have a brother. I say go for it if the conditions are right!

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I say go for it too. They do keep each other company.




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Old 12-26-2008, 02:58 PM
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Many on this board have stated Two is Better than one and they are so right. We have had Dickson for 4 weeks. Luna and Dickson hit it off immediately. There is sometimes still some jealousy on each of their parts but each week it gets better. There are many smiles and laughs watching the two of them play. Luna is more tired now that she has Dickson to play with and therefore she does not follow us around like she used to. There are times that the two follow us around but they play with each other about 5 to 6 times a day without worrying about us. Luna was very independent but now with Dickson who rests in your arms and lap, Luna has become more affectionate. Luna is so much happier with Dickson and I know she has come to me many times wagging her tail to say thank you.

I say go for it !
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Adopting little Itsy (2 yrs old) totally changed the household. Olie (4 yr old mill dog) has been quite jealous, but is slowly getting better. This may not happen if you bring in a puppy.
Olie was always most bonded to my sister and truthfully I was hoping the little 8lb girl would be MINE. But things happen as they happen. Olie is now my shadow and Itsy seems to be more bonded to my sister (we live together).
This is all wonderful we all get twice as much love.
The jealousy does get better!
As people have already said here. The do their RLH 3 or 4 times a day, then they sit in their favorite places and do their daily meditating. Their play is rough and is really give and take, as I was worried that Olie at 13lbs would take advantage. No way. When he chases her down the hall, they come back with her chasing him. It's beautiful and funny to watch.
Only more love! thats what you get.

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