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Old 04-05-2008, 03:09 PM   #1
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My husband and I are planning to get another dog, so that my Aussie puppy has a friend. I found some puppies that I like (shepherd/rott mix) that are 8 weeks old. My husband doesn't want to deal with another puppy and thinks 1 is enough. He wants to get an adult dog. My thought is that one more puppy wouldn't be much more trouble. We're already taking Bella outside all the time anyway, so we would just take both out at once. Plus, I think a puppy would be more likely to play with Bella than an adult dog. Help us settle this disagreement! Please tell me your honest opinion. Thanks!
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Old 04-05-2008, 03:23 PM   #2
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I say wait. It's hard trying to train two dogs at once, especially two young puppies. On the other hand if you have one adult dog who is well-trained, a puppy can learn from that dog. So I'm not sure what would happen with two puppies and one adult. But if it we're me I'd wait. Easy to say I know since I haven't seen those puppies!
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:03 PM   #3
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Agree. Definatly wait till your's is a little older

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Old 04-05-2008, 07:03 PM   #4
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I would wait. Two puppies my sound OK but they could drive you crazy. I would wait till the pup was a year old and them maybe get a rescue dog
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:17 PM   #5
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Wait. The "my dog needs a friend" idea is a bit of a myth. Dogs do fine, and are often much happier, alone. if you decide tto get a second dog down the road, do it because YOU want another dog, not for your puppy. He's fine on his own.
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Hi, I would say yes to two puppies. I got both my boys at 9 weeks old and managed fine. It all depends on how much time and patience you have, yes it was hard work, they were on four feeds a day at the time and double trouble with other things but worth every moment, my boys are so good together its sweet to watch them.
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with a rott/shep mix I say WAIT... rott/shep is a very strong minded dog, Ive had two, they do not do good at all times with an equal age dog. Usually they recomend 2-3 years between those kind of breeds to maintaine peace in a pack.

also you have one working dog in the aussie, y ou will have another in the rott/shep, two VERY smart dogs with high drive. I'd say that when they hit terrible twos around a year old for a dog you will go insane. They will reinforce eachothers negative behaviour and when I had my OBEDIANT Tasha at the age of 2, a 2,5 year old rednose pit that I had rescued that was almost just as obediant and then I got cujo a 10 month old German shepherd /rott mix that had attacked people I still spent around 6 hours a day to keep these dogs happy and mentally satisfied. So I'd guess that you guys with those two dogs will get to count on the same.

IF you know really WANT a second dog, there is plenty of grown dogs with good temper that can HELP you with your puppy instead of going insane. You just need to find a good mental match. Tasha really dislikes females and pitbulls, and what is her best friend that she just adores a female pit that came walking down the street. Tasha trust this dog to no end. I belive you would get more training wise out of it with the puppy, besides you would give an older dog a good life. Pups have it easy to find homes, older dogs not so much..

BUT, if you want the pup it's not impossible, but if two shelties gave lover hard work, I don't want to think of two high drive working dogs.. I know I wont do it again. ONe at the time is enough for me!
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I don't think you should get a puppy when you already have one. But I don't agree with your husband about getting an adult dog. I think that you should wait until the pup you have is an adult, then get another puppy. Why?

For on, you've got more time to make sure you want to raise pups again. Also, having raised a pup to an adult gives you a lot more info on her. Temperament, habits, etc., whereas just getting an adult dog gives you only limited hindsight. Getting a puppy after your original pup is grown also will help socialize the dog with other dogs and dogs that are larger than it. If the puppy you have is socialized, bring a new dog into the house won't be o big of a deal. One puppy is a handful. I'd wait and take things one at a time.

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Thanks everyone! I guess I went against popular opinion. We wanted a second dog anyway, and thought the playmate for Bella would be a bonus. We ended up getting a 6 month old lab mix that I found on Craigslist, because the other puppy was already spoken for. She is an extremely sweet dog and gets along well with the kids (not sure about the cats yet). She still needs work on potty training, but it shouldn't be too bad.

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Kudos to you! I had a lady that bought two puppies from me at once even though I warned her she would go crazy, but it seemed to work out well for her. I guess if your carpet is going to get runined, it might as well get ruined only once Tell us how it goes!

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