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Old 01-05-2009, 12:09 PM   #1
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Default A puppy friend for my new puppy?

is it a good idea to have 2 pups rather than one? were doing well with madge and i love her to bits but im worried were not enough for her and am starting to wonder if we should get her a play mate?

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Is she your first dog, as if she is I would wait a while for her to grow up, as then you can use her to help her train a future puppy, and teach the younger dog manners
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yeah shes my first baby, i think im jst a bit of a stress head worried im not doing things right! wasnt sure if a pup companion would help with her naughtyness! such as biting etc!

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Usually not advised but my sister did it and it was a great success!.She was also experienced with training dogs.
It's,usually,twice the work and can make training more difficult as they can really bond together instead of with the owner!.
My sister said it was a great experience but a lot of work!.
If you do it,get pups of opposite sex and give each pup,their individual time and training so that they can bond with you and respect you as the top dog!.
If your pup is yr 1st dog,i would advise you against it and wait for yr 1st dog to be trained before getting a 2nd one!.
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If she's your first, then having 2 would be a nightmare. If you make a mistake, you'll have 2 dogs terrorising you! (joke).

Yes, dogs do like to have other dogs around but not all dogs require other dogs' company.

My collie was raised in a breeding kennels and is used to having other dogs around, she loves them. My cocker we got from a shelter and raised alone as a pup, she really isn't bothered about other dogs and prefers human company.

I wouldn't get another just yet if I was you, if you housetrain the one you have now and teach her how to behave it will make it easier for a second dog in the future as it will learn from her.

Don't worry that you're not enough, I'm sure that to your puppy you are the sun, moon and stars!
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we done it, you would have to do early spay and neuter with it if you have male and female though
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thansk melam, i think im just stressed im not a good enough mum to my new pup! I just want the best up bringing for her!

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thansk melam, i think im just stressed im not a good enough mum to my new pup! I just want the best up bringing for her!
We,all,started somewhere!.
Take yr time and enjoy yr pup!.
I would also take her to a puppy class to help you with training her!.
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this sat she will be going to a puppy party socialisation class, for 3 weeks, then in 2 weeks im taking her to training/obedience classes. so hopefully that will help!

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Depending on where you are there are some WONDERFUL older shelter dogs that would be able to help you train her.

http://www.dogsblog.com/tye-3/

Even in Tye's description it says he's a good role model. Id have to advise away from two puppies though.
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