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Pro's & Con's of two

Advice please!

Our little girl pup is turning one on the 31st and we got her last November 1st so we have had her for almost 10 months. I can't remember life without her (our first dog). We have a 12 year old son and 9 year old daughter. They help out but let's be honest, this is my dog :-)

Well, lately I have been considering a buddy for our little (7 pounds) Zoey. I feel like sometimes she is bored/lonely. She plays with all of us and has nap times throughout the day but sometimes it seems like she wanders around looking for something to do and then resigns herself to a nap. I think she could really use a playmate...

She does fine with other dogs - just ignores them for the most part but that's what I think she does because every dog that she has met has been WAY bigger than she is. I have a feeling she would play with another little one.

Anyway, I have been in touch with our breeder and she has all positive things to say about these little pack animals. She did say it will mess with the sleep pattern of our Zoey but she did not think it would be for long. We could handle that. The only other negatives she gave were that people sometimes do not potty train them like they do their first puppy so it can be a bit harder and that vet bills and grooming double. She said she will never have just one again seeing how they interact (of course she wants me to get another though)...

Can those of you that have two give me some pro's and con's? Please be brutally honest!
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I find that it's hard to give both of mine the time they need for training... Not "houshold" type training, but more serious training. I also find that it takes much longer to get all of us out of the house when we go someplace!

More time spent on grooming is a given, as is more expenses across the board... Vet, food, care during vacations, training... EVERYTHING!!!

I can't say that Kodi is substantially happier with Pixel in the house. Yes, he plays with her, but they're dogs, and both spend the majority of the day sleeping one place or another... Rarely rogether. But then, I didn't get another dog for him, I got her for me.

I think it's like having a second child. You don't do it for your first child, you do it because you believe it's the right decision for your whole family, and you want to do it no matter how much it costs!


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I like Karen's spacing with her two. Most of my adult life we've had two dogs and they've been spaced several or more years apart. Everything with the older dog would be well established, she or he would be way past late puppyhood, and adult personality and quirks would be known to us. I also like having enough age difference that when the older one dies, the younger one will not be too old or frail to accept a new puppy. Our dogs have lived long lives and we have enough spacing that we can wait a good while to add a new "second" dog.
This has only been a problem once; our aussie was about 11 when we added our sheltie and, even though the aussie lived until nearly 17, the two never got along well. I don't know if that was the aussie's age or the temperament difference between the two dogs.
Our sheltie was 7 when we added Nickie. I was concerned about the age difference, but they get along well.
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Karen - I want another one for us AND Zoey :-)

I have been asking around and have heard that they tend to play/interact more the closer they are in age. I would really like them to be between 1 and 2 years apart.
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My Havs, Ginny (3) and Griffin (2) were born almost exactly one year apart.
I guess it depends on the first dog's personality, but Ginny seemed lonely to me, no matter how much we interacted with her.
I knew I wanted two and wanted them close in age.
They are absolutely inseparable and I am thrilled that they have each other!
Pros: never lonely and they wear each other out with the playing/tearing around.
Cons: they tend to get each other worked up and can be harder to control together. (When each is alone, they seem to pay better attention).
Expenses - like everyone has said.
Overall, it has worked out beautifully for our family.
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I had 2 dogs once and would never do it again. It depends on your lifestyle though, the reason I didn't like having 2 is when I would pet/interact with one, I felt bad for the other. When I trained one, I hated seeing the other one watching from inside the car or house. I also live alone and work from home and my dog goes everywhere with me. I wouldn't be able to do that with 2. Plus as has been said, costs more to maintain 2.

The 2 I had at the same time were a 150 lb Great Dane and a 24 lb standard longhaired doxie. They were the best of friends, big Fred was so gentle with Jessie and protected her.

Sophie loves to play with dogs and I think she'd probably like a buddy but I do play with her a lot. I take a break from work when she wakes up from a nap and we go play in the yard or do some training. She also gets plenty of play dates with dogs and we are on the go a lot.

Another perk is that at almost 7 months old she has not barked at anything yet! Except in play. My doxie Hallie also didn't bark much which I think was partly due to being an only dog.

It is nice to have 2 about the same age so they can play together etc on the same level. The down side is they get old about the same time and you can lose them close together.
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I agree with everything Karen mentioned... Although we did decide to get a puppy for Scout. We thought Scout missed Sparky when he passed away. Scout was 1.5 yrs old and I am so glad we decided on getting another puppy. Scout and Truffles are inseparable.

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My two Tim almost 4 and Mae almost 2.

Pro's
Biggest Pro
Company for each other
Never feeling bad about leaving since they almost always have each other for company.
2-They LOVE each other and it makes me happy to see their relationship. Everyone who meets them comments on how much they appear to like each other.
3-Good excuse to get my hubby out to walk with me since we can each have a dog.
4- Much better taking a walk/hike with each other for company.
5- Good entertainment watching them interact, I could do that all day.

Con's
Biggest Con
EXPENSE!!!
Double everything food, treats, vet, grooming, flean/tick prevention, grooming time, airline travel, pet sitting it all adds up!
2- Finding the time to work with them individually in terms of training and I'm not even all that serious. Mae is much "less" trained then Tim.
3- Concerns about what will happen if something happens to one of them. They are SO bonded that it's scary to think what will happen if I lose one of them. They greet each other before any humans once they come back from being separated.
4- More barking, one will entice the other but they will stop after being told.
5- Less space in bed.
6- Less space on couch.

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I like Karen's spacing with her two. Most of my adult life we've had two dogs and they've been spaced several or more years apart. Everything with the older dog would be well established, she or he would be way past late puppyhood, and adult personality and quirks would be known to us. I also like having enough age difference that when the older one dies, the younger one will not be too old or frail to accept a new puppy. Our dogs have lived long lives and we have enough spacing that we can wait a good while to add a new "second" dog.
This has only been a problem once; our aussie was about 11 when we added our sheltie and, even though the aussie lived until nearly 17, the two never got along well. I don't know if that was the aussie's age or the temperament difference between the two dogs.
Our sheltie was 7 when we added Nickie. I was concerned about the age difference, but they get along well.
These are all things we considered when we chose the spacing of our two... Plus I wanted Kodi well started on utility levle work (competition obedience's highest level) before having to also train a puppy. The OTHER nice thing about having a COMPLETELY trained adult dog when you get a puppy is that potty training, leash walking and other "house manners" have been a breeze, as she just follows along and does what Kodi does.


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Karen - I want another one for us AND Zoey :-)

I have been asking around and have heard that they tend to play/interact more the closer they are in age. I would really like them to be between 1 and 2 years apart.
It's not that it CAN'T work with them that close... We've had people on the forum getting them much closer. But you wanted to know the pros and cons. Puppies (and a 1-2 year old is still an adolescent puppy, even if full size) play more than fully adult dogs do. Period. So your two dogs will play more for a while, but by the time they are 4 and 5, they will be having occasional sessions of "rlh", and spend the majority of their leisure time lazing around. That's what dogs do.


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