My goal was to have at least 3 years difference and also a CDX on my first one (once I figured out what that was). That way, he's solid in a lot of his obedience and I can work him in higher level stuff, while the next one will be starting basic obedience.
It's also nice to think about end of life costs and the possibility of losing two dogs very close together in time. Not something anyone wants to think about when they have a young puppy, but its just a fact of life that if the dogs are very close in age, depending on health and other circumstances you might end up losing them in a very short amount of time.
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Puppies take a ton of time. So I need to make sure I have my current dog(s) practically perfect and for me that's closer to 5 yrs. That way I can really focus and deal with all the normal puppy issues and not worry about having to also be socializing and training the other dog(s). Other wonderful thing is if my older dog is already calmer, more mature and knows what's what in the house. They do help train and get the new one to fit in easier. Problem if they are young and still working thru issues is they teach the BAD stuff too and it's double the trouble!
Don't underestimate costs too. Vet bills, food and all the dog classes. Much better to have just one rather than two times the bills. Remember 12 years from now also. VEt bills and medication for senior dogs can be extremely expensive so having one senior dog at a time makes a huge difference.
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Last edited by MaggieRoseLee; 12-26-2012 at 11:26 AM.
Thanks everyone! I guess ill just have to be more patient....I have Zoey (my 10 month old GSD, and my only one too) signed up for her first class on the 8th of next month. I know im starting late but i dont think its going to be a big problem.