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Old 05-08-2008, 10:55 AM   #1
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I have been working at finding the right pup to add to my household. I though all was going well till last night. My wife has expressed some serious reservations about me getting another dog. Her concerns are double the money, time for training, exercise and mess. Our kids are a year or two from moving out of the house and she sees another dog as an anchor that would keep us from being able to do things like a weekend away. Can I get some advice or input from people who took the plunge and got more than one dog? Can you give me the pluses and minuses to a second dog? I go down to see my "maybe" puppy this weekend but my wife has really got me rethinking this. Maddie is 4 1/2 years old and my opinion is now is the time to add a dog (we run agility) and after a 6 month search I think I have found just the right pup.

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Old 05-08-2008, 11:10 AM   #2
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Well we did it and I went though something similar with my husband. We just spent over $300 on the heartworm meds for the dogs and the flea and tick preventative for dogs AND cats so the increased cost is something to consider.

It makes it a little harder to do the weekend away if you have friends who are willing to look after one dog as a favor but not two. If we can't take ours with us we kennel them, so the cost about doubles. But I would think that even with one dog you can't just up and leave without planning.

It is more work-I thought maybe they would play with each other and give me some free time but it didn't work that way. It's more like they both want to play different types of games with me at the same time.

On the plus side I feel like when we go out to dinner (or for that matter when we do kennel them) that it's better to have two. They are less likely to have separation anxiety since they at least have each other.

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I find having two is better because they are there for each other. My golden is almost 9, and my doxie is 6 months and my doxie gets my golden up and moving a lot more. I see a difference in her activity level everyday. They play together alot and keep each other company when we are not home. We are planning on getting an Miniature Bull Terrier at the end of the year or early next year too!

I mean You do have to think everything is going to double in cost and your personal time is going to be cut shorter then it already is, but now that i have 2 I wouldn't go without 2 dogs in my house.
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We always found that two dogs were easier than one, especially if you have a nicely sized backyard. Of course it depends on how well the dogs get along, but Meg & our previous dog Dallas would just play all day. They both became very lean and fit. However, you want to make sure that the first dog is nicely trained first. The second dog, especially when he/she is a pup, will pick up things from the first dog. Meg never bit us or even chewed up our belongings because Dallas taught her bite inhibition, and a few other good habits as well.

Of course the cost is going to be double, but personally I think it is worth it.
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Old 05-11-2008, 08:45 PM   #5
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I will always have 2 dogs!.Yes,it is double the hassle when you go on holiday,double the vet bills and food bills but it is also double the fun,the love and attention so I'm probably the wrong person to ask!.Go for it!.
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Depends on how your surroundings are... Example for me here in the states 1 dog would prolly be simpler, Tasha is well behaved and welcome everywhere.. Now when I have two the second one less well behaved (rescue under training), Im def more tied up at home without being able to bring the dogs around, and having three is even worse

But for me it's worth it.. However if you have a partner that is not comfortable with it.... but on the other hand if you get a pup and have TWO obediant dogs the issue shouldnt be so big...

Pro's and con's to everything...
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I'm going for it. Maddie is very well trained and my yard is good sized. I went to visit with the breeder today and narrowed my choice from 5 to 3. I have either first or second pick of the males. I will wait for them to get a bit older and learn more about each pups temperment before I can narrow it down further.
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Ohhhhh they are ADORABLE!!!! I wanna cuddle!!!

Good luck and MORE PICTRES!!

Oh a little note, talk again to your wife, cause I have a husband that is not too much about having several dogs so.. its a big argument basis here try to make her a bit more comfortable with it before you go through with it..
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Well how could you say no after seeing them? I couldn't!
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what sweet little babies. lovely colours
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