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Big Decision - Another Hav?

My girl Casey is very, very sensitive and very, very attached to DH and I. She seems to have some confidence issues -- she barks and growls at stangers, is very shy around other dogs, and hates to be left alone. She is just finishing up obedience classes, which is kind of funny because everyone thinks she is so well behaved, but it is really just fear -- she doesn't want to move!

Anyway, she is not alone very often, as DH takes her to work every day. However, there is the occasional evening when we go out and can't take her with us. Also, DH travels -- sometimes for a couple of weeks at a time, and she must stay home alone while I work. The problem is that she does not do well when left alone. She doesn't really do any damage in the house (although she has nibbled on the baseboard a bit), but she literally lays in front of the door waiting for us to return -- I know this because I can feel the warmth on the tile floor in front of the door where she has been laying. I often leave her with treats and toys (stuffed kong, which she normally LOVES), but she ignores them. It is so sad to think she just lays there...waiting.

There is no doubt that we will eventually get another Hav, which I think will help keep Casey company.....but we already have two retreivers ('outside/kenneled' dogs), and I have vowed to wait until they pass away (they are aged 12 and 13) -- I really don't want to be the 'crazy dog lady' with 4 dogs (and a cat!), and also it is alot of work and expense to have so many dogs.

DH would get another Hav tomorrow....but I am hesitant. Should I wait?

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I have no idea how to answer this...but we have two GSD's that are outside too and 4 dogs just seemed like to much for us.
So, we got a kitten instead...a bengal which are more "dog like" and since Gracie is young and he is a baby...I'm hoping they will be best buddies.
We do have another cat (age 12)...but he doesn't like dogs and I'm allergic, so he lives in my sons room which is off the house with a separate entrance.
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I love having 2 but if either you or your husband is hesitant I would wait.
Also think about it--what is Casey teaches the new puppy the shyness etc. It might happen. (I hope it won't)

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OK, speaking from the viewpoint of a crazy dog lady, I'd say get another one. Especially if Casey has the housetraining conquered.

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When Sam was an "only dog", he would wait at the door the whole time I was away, even if the hubby and kids were home. Now there are two dogs that wait at the door.

Adding another may not help in that respect, how old is Casey now? Have you talked to your obedience trainer about her fear problems? Adding another pup may help as long as the pup is well socialized and doesn't show any fear issues. But if not you may end up with two fearful pups.

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