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Old 04-21-2007, 02:48 AM   #1
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Hey im new here to this forum.
My dad just said that i can get a new puppy!!! I really want one but i have another dog that is 16 years old. Im worried that because my other dog has lived here his whole life and its his territory, that he will be sad. It doesn't seem fair that he has to spend the last years of his life sad if he has to share it with some other puppy. On the other hand, he might love to have some company and someone to play with but i just don't know what to do. Should i get a puppy or not???
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Old 04-21-2007, 02:50 AM   #2
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There is other options, besides a puppy. You can always adopt. There are so many dogs, and puppies needing homes out there. Try petfinder.org I don't know what kind of shape your dog is in, but maybe a puppy's energy might be to much unless you can keep them seperated. Good luck.

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Old 04-21-2007, 03:07 AM   #3
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wow 16!!! now that is a long lived dog, you guys must be doing something right!!! it all depends on how your dog is, if he gets along well with other dogs, has he been well socialized, is he dominant or submissive, and is he physically able to deal with a puppy, what kind of dog do you have now and what kind are you looking to get? and theres plenty of other things to look at how long is the puppy going to be left alone how much time are you willing to spend on training and caring for a puppy, are you going to take him/ehr to obedience classes or train on your own and what kind of training method would you use, do you have all the suplies to care for a puppy ( food and water bowls, crate, bed, collar and leash, toys, treats, ect.) have you puppy proofed your home to keep them from chewing cords and electrical outlets and are all cleaners and toxins put up out of reach, im not trying to sound negative but these are all things you need to consider before getting or even consider getting a puppy. thats all i can really suggest. if you really want one you need to be fully commited and prepared for anything.
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Old 04-21-2007, 03:30 AM   #4
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My current dog is a male daschund cross cockerspaniel and he is about 30cm tall and 60cm long. I am looking to get a male shih tzu cross maltese terrior. Toby (my current dog) acts like a puppy around other dogs and prefers small dogs over big dogs which is why i chose a small breed. Toby isnt very dominent but i have noticed that he will snap at a dog if they really annoy him but it takes a lot to annoy him as he is very placid. Toby has stayed with my nans dog (which is a staffy) a few times and they had no problems and even became a little more that friends... lol
Our house is very safe 4 a puppy and if we do decide to get one then we are going to buy everything we need like beds, food bowls, toys etc. I dont think i will take it to obedience classes but i will train it basics. It would be left alone with Toby for around 4 hours, 5 days a week.
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as long as you beleive it will be a good match and your are prepared then i would say go for it!! just remember puppys dont have much control of their bladders and need to be let out at least every2-4 hours so i would say let him out before you leave and as soon as you get home so that theres not accident.
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Thanks so much 4 ur help! i have decded on some names
wat one do u like best?
Pickles
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Bandit
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Bailey

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i like bailey only because i like different names and ones that stand out, but that one is entirely up to you, i usually name mine for personality not looks, like our new pup we named him Jengo fett, from star wars because he is like a little bounty hunter with his kisses he sneaks up and then strikes!!! lol (hes in my avatar <--------
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Yeah i like Bailey 2
Your dog is gorgeous!!!! What breed it is?

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Hi Steph asaurus and

If your dog is 16, you might not have the problem of him being sad at you getting a puppy, he might get annoyed. Think of an 80 year old man who suddenly has a two year old kid in the house. The puppy will be bothering him all the time wanting to play, and the old dog more than likely won't want to. I'm not saying it can't be done, but it is easier on the old dog if you get an adult dog of the opposite sex, and easier still if you wait until the old man has passed on.
On the other hand the puppy can learn a lot from the old dog. It sounds like Toby might have the right personality to take on a little guy so maybe it will work out with few problems.

Best of luck to you!
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Hello and welcome the forum. Great to have you with us.

I think you're a better judge of your 16 year old dog than we could ever be. Some will love the company and some will be annoyed the antics of a youngster but most will adjust. Most older dogs will teach young pups their boundaries when they're pushing the limits so they usually work those things out on their own.

Good luck with your new pup. I do hope your existing dog likes having a new buddy around.
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