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Old 07-12-2007, 10:56 AM   #1
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Question Unsure whether to get second dog!

I have a German shepherd FEMALE 2yrs old. She had disappeared for over 36hrs and THANKFULLY she found herself BACK home all on her own!! At the time when she had diasppeared i was adament that i would never have another animal?????
Well NOW i LUCKILY have her back home i really want another dog so she has a BUDDY to play with and keep her company at home. The answer i have now though is i am REALLY unsure on what type of dog to go for as there are sooooooo many to choose from!!
Should i go for another german shepherd or a differant type?
Would it be ok to introduce another dog into my dog's life?
What if they don't get on?
Should i go for a female or a male?
What should i do if my dog won't except a new dog?
How would i introduce each other, without my dog i have now getting funny?
So many questions?????????
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:02 AM   #2
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Hi elldes,
Have you thought about the possibility that instead of the second dog keeping her home, that they both might run off together?
I think maybe it would be better to get to the bottom of why she is running off (bored? not enough exercise?) before getting another doggy. I don't know about anyone else, but I find it hard to train two dogs at once. If you have one that is well-trained though it makes it SO much easier to train the next one!
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:08 AM   #3
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Hi I have to agree with skunkstripe on this. Find out why your present dog is running off and solve this before you even think of getting another dog. Is where she plays secure and safe for her.? If you bring in another dog before solving the problem you have with your present dog you will in my opinion only be masking a rod for your own back and it would not be fair on either your present dog or the new dog.
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Exclamation She didn't run away!

She didn't actually run off.
We had taken her for a walk up the mountain and my partner let her off the lead she ran into a load of ferns and got herself lost it was quite windy we was calling her and lookin for her for over 6hrs and no sign of where she had gone there was loads of people around and no one had seen her! (Which we found weird).
But THANKFULLY she made her way HOME all on her own 36hrs later. I honestly thought she was gone for good!! It was a terrifying time!!!

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Hi elldes, glad she found her way home!!! If you look at the shelters for another dog you can bring yours in to do a meet a great to see if they are compatible. How is your dog around other dogs?

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I think the best time to add another dog to the family is when the first one is trained to the level of your satisfaction. I agree that it is difficult to train two dogs at the same time.

If you're ready, I'd try to pick a dog with a similar energy level of your existing dog.

One of my very favorite breeds is the Belgian Tervuren & I think they would be an excellent match to a German Shepherd.
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If your current dog is trained properly and has had a lot of time put into her, I'd say go ahead and get another dog. An already well trained dog makes it much easier to introduce a new dog into the house. My dogs love the company of the other dogs for the most part. If your female doesn't have same sex aggression, then adding another female would be fine, but generally dogs (if you're only going to have two) seem to have a better relationship with one of the opposite sex so I'd probably get a male if I were in your situation. Just make sure you choose a dog that will be compatible with your GSD. For instance, if she's dominant with other dogs, I'd look for a more submissive one this time. Breed doesn't really matter. You can get another German Shepherd or you can look into another breed you like (or a mix). Belgian Shepherds (all varieties) are nice and seem to get a long with GSDs well, but they are a lot more "difficult" to deal with and definitely not the dog for a lot of people. I find that Dobermans and Rottweilers seem to go really well with GSDs if you are looking for something different. Really it doesn't matter what breed you get though as long as it fits you. That being said, my dogs seem to prefer dogs similar in breed to them.

Expect your current dog to be a little put off by the new dog for a bit and maybe a little intolerant of it. This doesn't always happen, but it does sometimes and the dogs usually get over it. Tango took about three weeks to accept Winston and now they're best friends. I'd try to introduce them on neutral territory if possible.

I'm sure somebody else will be able to help you out further.

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