Keep posting! I feel like I have so many questions I canít quite articulate about adding a second dog to the family. I plan to learn a lot from you!
For instance, what kinds of tolerances will you set for the two playing inside together? Iím really curious about different peopleís perspective of this and how itís handled, or if itís really a nonissue. Do you have two separate ďcontainmentĒ areas set up now, or just one for the new puppy? Please post updates as you figure these things out! I donít know if itís because a lot of people with 2 dogs have had 2 dogs before, but I havenít seen a lot of people share their experiences on adding a 2nd dog to their family. I have read good articles on it from trainers, but itís not quite the same.
IĎm excited for you! You are a great doggie parent, hence my plan to learn from your experience.
No worries, I can definitely post both my plans and experiences. I've never added a second dog before either, but I know the theory behind it. LOL.
So far our plan is:
- We have 2 separate sleeping crates for them, 2 separate travel crates.
- We have 2 areas that are already enclosed by xpens..the kitchen (tile), and the living room (hardwood). They will be allowed to play together unless one or the other has had enough and the other won't listen. If we are not able to watch them (especially at first), they will be separated. The puppy in the kitchen, and the 11mo old puppy in the living room (he's been left in that room alone before and hasn't caused too much trouble). They will eat in their crates in the bedroom
As Denver has been marking, he has not had free run of the house, we will see what happens once he is neutered (we haven't had a marking instance in a few weeks, but I'm still not convinced...lol).
Tomorrow I am taking Denver to the breeders so they can meet on neutral ground, etc etc. Then we'll probably go back to my cabin for a little while for a run-around and some more get-to-know-you stuff, and then travel back to the city. My hubby and kiddo aren't coming, so it will be a very full day of meetings. LOL. I do plan on letting him mostly have some quiet time in the evening without Denver harassing him so he can settle in a little bit on his own. Plus, we'll have some special time with Denver so he doesn't feel left out.
Iím excited to learn from you as well! Our puppy is only 6/7 weeks old so not sure yet when we will get to bring her home or even what she looks like yet! Weíre counting down the weeks so it will be nice to have someone paving the way so to speak. Iím collecting puppy things since deliveries are taking longer than usual. Canít wait to hear all about your new adventure!❤️🐶
No worries, if you have questions, let me know.
The waiting is definitely the hardest part. This is the second time we've done this within a year, and it's even harder the second time around.
Of course, I call it the hardest part when I'm trying to forget the sharpness of puppy teeth....