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Old 11-07-2011, 10:04 PM   #1
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Default A strange idea I hope you'll entertain.

I'm young and I've got a whole lot ahead of me, during my school years I was dealing with a lot of social problems and my anxiety still overcomes me, triggers depression and puts me in a really bad place.

Not sure if that was an overshare, but I want to stress just how much the relationships I've had with dogs have meant to me. I completely support the idea of the therapy dog, and I had the opportunity to meet someone with bi-polar who had a small ( I honestly don't remember what breed it was ) therapy dog. I want to take myself down that route, but I've also learned that the whole therapy thing (at least here in canada) isn't all that official and the satisfaction of having Roxy is already there, a vest doesn't really change much.

Anyway, the strange idea is let's say that in a world where stuff worked out really well I was able to get a big old piece of land with a house on it out on the edge of town, (my grandparents lived in a place that would be perfect, so I've kinda based my idea off of those conditions).

My first idea was to breed a litter with a mother and find a stud, and just keep the babies, or at the time, it would be nice if I could give some away to family members or some avenue. Then there's another part of me that wants to rescue a group of 5 + dogs and have a pack of different dogs. Another idea and I think this one might actually be the best, would be to run a big foster home.

That's where I get stuck though, is this even a realistic idea? I have the time for a long term plan to get to this stage, but is it even feasible to have a larger group of dogs live together. In the area I think would be ideal, everyone has a MASSIVE back yard, but would that be enough, I don't want to stick too any dogs together.

Not to mention food, I've just started onto the subject but I'm hoping that the idea that making your own food is cheaper and generally better for you transfers over to dogs. But if I were to take this route, feeding at least five dogs sounds like quite a challenge to me.

I'm hoping someone can offer me any insight into my idea, and I'll ask some main questions that I'd really like to know the answer to

Even with a good amount of space to roam, is it beneficial to have a group of more than five dogs living together?

Would I see a different dynamic between the dogs as a result of a larger group of them living together?

Would I run into problems by assembling a group of rescue dogs with potential temperament issues?

Is this idea a bit too crazy? Or is five dogs not even necessarily that ambitious an idea? I just want to know if I'm being naive or something, but this whole idea has been on my mind for a while and I really want to get an answer heh.

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Old 11-07-2011, 10:35 PM   #2
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I'm not sure I understand your actual idea... Or your goal with a litter or rescue dogs... Can you elaborate on the base idea.

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I'm sorry, it's hard for me to explain it well I guess...

I'm curious about how much more complicated things get after you've got 5+ dogs living with you. It's something that someday I'd really like to undertake, but I don't know if I really even could.

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Here are some topics on Multidog households


Multi-Dog Household Aggression - Whole Dog Journal Article




01 Multiple Dogs: What is the Right Number for You? - VeterinaryPartner.com - a VIN company!


If you just want more dogs, there is really no need to breed a litter, Besides, nobody in their right mind wants 5 puppies at once! Most people are overwhelmed with one, yet alone two or three. Plus each dog will need individual attention and training. One poorly behaved dogs will increased in poor behavior and teach any other dogs his unwanted behavior too.

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This is exactly what I was thinking about, how well things would hold up in the bigger numbers...

Perhaps if I were to rescue dogs in slower intervals, get them individually weaved into the pack and then proceed from there...

It also makes me think fostering may be what I've been looking for..

Forgot to mention, thank's for the resources, nothing beats having some reading to do!

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This is exactly what I was thinking about, how well things would hold up in the bigger numbers...

Perhaps if I were to rescue dogs in slower intervals, get them individually weaved into the pack and then proceed from there...

It also makes me think fostering may be what I've been looking for..

Forgot to mention, thank's for the resources, nothing beats having some reading to do!
While it's nice to think of having a large 'family' of dogs, something to consider is how difficult it is to pay enough attention the each dog so that they get their fair share of human time.

One other thing you will definitely have to think of while you're looking at property....here in Ontario most municipalities have limits on how many dogs you can have on a property without becoming licensed as a kennel. I know of one person right now who is running into a fight with the township because he has a sled team and the limit is 4. There are no provisions for licensing him as a kennel so he's stuck between a rock and a hard place.

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Thanks for that information...

Maybe I could start a kennel haha!

I'm still not too sure what my dream really is, but I don't think it's adopting a whole bunch of dogs or having a litter and keeping them anymore .

I think that doing some serious fostering is what I'm really looking for.

I think I also really should get on taking Roxy out to some events our kennel club runs, maybe I just want to meet more dogs and these crazy thoughts are just a manifestation of that

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You must also factor into your dream that in large groups most of the time all dogs do not get along. You may have fights to deal with, sometimes serious ones that can be very dangerous. Multiple dogs in higher numbers is generally not something for any novice to deal with.
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