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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-30-2019, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Should I Get a Second Havanese?

Hi all,

I joined this forum to ask and hopefully receive some advice as to whether or not I should follow through with getting a second Havanese. Currently, I have an 11 month old, female Havanese, house trained, all around great dog, love her. As to getting a second Havanese, I found a 9 month old available at a local breeder, which to me, sounds great because although I won't get the gender (male) and color (darker) of choice, I won't have to go through the puppy process again.

That said, I'd like to know in simple terms, what are the costs and benefits of getting a second Havanese. Any insight that can be provided would be greatly appreciated.

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I am so tempted to get another one too! Mine is a year and a half and he’s such a little extrovert. Would love to hear about other people’s experience!
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Adding a second dog Pat Miller http://www.thebark.com/content/bringing-home-second-dog

http://blogs.dogster.com/dog-trainin...d-dog/2010/12/

http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/bringing-home-bella
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IMO, it is important to not get a second dog thinking that this is going to make your current dog happier, or that they are going to spend time playing together and keeping each other company and that this will free up your time so that you can walk them less or leave them more. IMO, a dog still needs its HUMAN just as much, whether you have one dog or four. In another words, do not get another dog for your dog, make sure it is for you.

There will be more cost either in time, money or both. However, this could differ greatly depending on your situation. For example,

Will you be grooming the dogs yourself? If so, more time. Otherwise, more money.
What will you feed your dog? Better quality means more cost. If homemade, means more time.
Will you use flea tick chemicals? If so, more cost. Otherwise, more time for tick checks.
Do you have a fenced yard? If not, more time and effort is required to take dogs out.
Vet costs will be more. Need to factor this in.
Do you need to board your dog? This will be more expensive. It may be more difficult to leave the dog with a relative the more dogs you have.

There are pros and cons to getting a second dog. I got another dog (yorkie) when my Mia was 9 months old. I had no issues at all with them getting along. However, it has been harder in some ways than I thought. For example, one is more tolerant of walking in warmer weather than the other. One would want to go back home and the other would want to keep going. So then I wound up walking them separate. Fences are not allowed here so getting them out was more effort. I do not use flea tick chemicals so more time is required for tick checks. I do the grooming myself. A yorkie is a breeze to groom but Mia takes a bit more time. These are little things but this is what you have to live with day to day.

I do not have any regrets about getting a second dog. However, I also think that Mia would have been just as happy as an only dog. And I probably would have been just as happy too.
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I also have an almost one year old Havanese and he’s just starting to go through some teenage stuff, a new resource guarding behavior that I’m getting training for, and some potty regression. The treats are out in full force. I’d wait a year or so till you pass this potentially difficult adolescent phase. My sweet, cuddly, easily trained boy is having some of these issues because of his age (according to Behaviorist). Still, we’re putting in a ton of time addressing them. I would not be able to handle another dog right now. (9 months old with adolescence approaching too!) I’d wait. It may create issues with your dog you didn’t know you had, too. I definitely want another puppy but not till he’s 2 or 3.
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I also have an almost one year old Havanese and hes just starting to go through some teenage stuff, a new resource guarding behavior that Im getting training for, and some potty regression. The treats are out in full force. Id wait a year or so till you pass this potentially difficult adolescent phase. My sweet, cuddly, easily trained boy is having some of these issues because of his age (according to Behaviorist). Still, were putting in a ton of time addressing them. I would not be able to handle another dog right now. (9 months old with adolescence approaching too!) Id wait. It may create issues with your dog you didnt know you had, too. I definitely want another puppy but not till hes 2 or 3.
That is really much better timing. While a dog may be full size by a year, they are far from mature. that takes until AT LEAST two, sometimes three.
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That is really much better timing. While a dog may be full size by a year, they are far from mature. that takes until AT LEAST two, sometimes three.
I agree with this. Although I do not regret getting a second dog it would have been better if I had waited until Mia was a little older. I was a first time dog owner too which probably made it worse! It all worked out but not sure what I was thinking...
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I would say yes, definitely, get another. I had my first havanese for a year and he suffered terribly from separation anxiety when I was at work. I finally called the breeder to re-home him and she told me to get a second dog. I thought I was going to have two miserably unhappy puppies on my hands, but it was exactly the opposite. From the second, the very second, I brought the second dog home, the first was as happy as could be. They have been inseparable, best, best, best friends now for 13 years (Danny is 17 and Brady is 16-1/2). Yes, it's double the expense but it's also double the fun and double the love. BTW, I got them both when they were 3 (they are 6 months apart in age).
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This CAN happen, but it is far from a sure-cure for separation anxiety, or can back-fire and you can end up with two dogs with separation anxiety. Really glad it worked for you, but it's not a sure bet, and hardly ever the best answer to solving one dog's emotional problems.


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I think it’s important to note that I worked with a reputable breeder. I read books, consulted my vet and multiple trainers, watched him interact with other dogs, and I brought him back to the breeder and explained the situation.

The breeder said separation anxiety is common when a social happy dog goes from a house full of dogs and people to being the only dog with a single person who works outside the home.

She was positive that he needed a brother or sister so we tried it and it worked - but I didn’t make an uninformed decision to get a second dog. I spent 9 months trying to figure out what was best for this sweet sad little boy and in the end the breeder was correct.

If I was to do it all over again, I would get two right from the start. I have cameras to watch them while I’m at work, and they play ALL DAY! Danny is 17 and Brady is 16. They play and run around and wrestle. They take the laundry out of the hamper and pull the blanket off the bed. They nap pressed up against each other. I don’t think he would be nearly as active by himself.
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