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Old 04-16-2008, 11:53 AM   #1
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Question Help on choosing a 2nd dog...

Okay so I have my 5 month old (almost 6, can you believe!) lab mix Cody who is still very obviously a PUPPY. this includes the occasional accident (though he's very good about the wee pads) but hasn't really adjusted to going outside and hasn't really done great with socializing since he spent the first 10 weeks of his life in a cage at a shelter, seperated from the other dogs due to kennel cough and conjectivitis. we had to follow the vet's instructions about not going out the first few weeks until he got his parvo booster and then he had a neutering done so that was another week without being allowed outdoors and his rabies shot had to be done before getting licensed in New York, $300 ticket i don't need thanks.
When we first got Cody we also wanted his sister but because of North Shore's adoption regulations we could only adopt 1 dog at a time and we had to wait 3 months before adopting another one. needless to say, his sister was gone by last week (hopefully to a good home)when the 3 month reg expired for us. We were at the shelter visiting the vet and were really considering another dog but time constraints kept us from getting one that weekend.
recently i started looking at dogs in need of rehoming on craigslist. to tell the truth i wasnt actually looking for another dog but you look because as a dog person you want to hear everyone's stories... i ran into an ad from a gentleman who needed to rehome a few minipinschers. seems his new boy got his girl pregnant and he had already taken in his ailing sister's two other minpins so he needed to rehome the two 15 month old minpins from his sister as well as the puppy. i absolutely could not seem to pass up contacting this person. it's like a felling you get inside.
we discussed the puppies who he wants to ween after 7-9 weeks prior to adopting them out ($150 including all the shots each which in New York is a godsend considering the $1000 and up "rehoming" fees around here). then we discussed the 15 month old dogs.
i have read that when getting a 2nd dog it should be younger and a different sex then the first dog thats in the house, especially if you get them at seperate times. something about the territorial behavior of the 1st dog. my dog is not socialized very well but according to the owner of the minpins the older dog is very submissive because the girl was the dominant dog in the other house.
i can't seem to find any info on how minpins react to being a second dog or anything that gives me an idea of a minpin as a pet. all i seem to get is dog show info. i will not be showing any of my mutts in anything other then a local doggy beauty pageant benefiting our local rescues and shelters... i know that it all depends on how Cody reacts to the minpin but i have also been told it takes a while to bond two dogs regardless of age or gender.
i will probably choose to crate this time around if i do get the minpin though with Cody we did not crate. we have a large studio so there aren't seperate rooms for him to get into any shennanigans...
what do you guys think? should i risk it with the 2nd dog being older? should i just wait for the puppy and start from scratch? does anybody know anything about minpins and would their temperament (which by rep is not great) allow them to be a good second dog and match for my runt of a 24 lb pup?

I need advice!!! thanks!!!

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Old 04-16-2008, 12:42 PM   #2
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Jojo a couple of things come to mind.

One is that sure, getting a 2nd dog that is younger than dog #1 and the opposite sex is usually a good idea. And it sounds like you have a really good heart wanting to give a doggy a home. But my personal opinion is that unless you are happy with the training and obedience level of dog #1, it is too soon for dog #2. If you are lucky, a second dog will pick up the rules of the house from a first dog, so it is in your best interest to have dog #1 trained the way you want it. If Cody is still having accidents inside, a second dog may well conclude that the potty area is indoors and then your headaches will just be starting. So I think you are a ways off from getting a second dog.
The other thing is that I don't think craigslist is the place to get a dog. A member here just got a from craigslist and the poor thing died of parvo almost immediately putting her other dogs in danger. From what you are describing that seller could be a BYB and the same thing could happen to you. I could be off-base, but $150 won't seem like a bargain after possibly paying hundreds of dollars in vet bills and also having to worry about your other dog. So I would stick to the shelter or at least have any dog you get on craigslist checked out by a vet of your choosing before you adopt.
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:37 PM   #3
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thanks... i definitly thought about the whole healthy dog thing and also about Cody not being ready training-wise. as far as the check up goes we're actually going to meet up at my vet's if we do choose to go ahead with anything to get him checked out and get him a set of boosters... he says he has all the paperwork for the shots but one can never be too careful...

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PLEASE be cautious getting a dog from Craigslist! I was the one that had to have the 6 month old puppy I got from Craigslist put down due to Parvo. Luckily, my 12 week old Aussie puppy hasn't caught it, and I'm praying that she never does. For reference, I got the dog on a Saturday night. She started showing signs on Thursday night and had to be put to sleep on the following Saturday. She was a WONDERFUL dog, and I miss her greatly. I know I only had her for a week, but she was soooooo sweet and would tolerate my daughter doing anything to her.

Anyway, sorry for rambling. Please be very careful!!!
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that's so sad... even if you only had her for a day, you fall in love either way so i understand why you must miss her...
i am absolutely very hesitant to bring another dog into my house because i don't want cody to be at risk. i am also on the fence about getting a rehomed dog instead of another shelter dog...

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i would CERTAINLY recommend getting a dog from a decent breeder, it may cost more and you may not be saving a dog's life but it is the way to go for overall...goodness... (im tired and its late ) they would have records of the dog's parent's personality so you could get a dog that suits you and should have a hip score so you wouldn't have the problem with hips... also if you have enough time and patience for another puppy it would be best to get another younger dog, but if you really cant cope... maybe you should wait for the second dog... i waited until my first whippet was 2 and had calmed down... it seems to be the way to go... make sure the new dog isn't too dominant... this could cause big problems later on.... i cant think anymore lol if i think of anything else ill add it later

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