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Benson** 01-24-2014 03:47 PM

Possible new pup..
 
I know this question has probably already been asked, but i'll ask any way 😊

We have a pup already, our family is thinking about getting another pup, this possible puppy wont be ready to come home until the end of april, by that time our current pup will be 9months then...so, if we do get this puppy, how will it effect our current pup Benson's behaviour? Bearing in mind, in our eyes he's pretty much perfect! He's really chilled out, quiet and calm, do you think by bringing a new puppy into the house that somehow he will just become a loopy hyper puppy?

Thank you for your opinions and advice in advance 😁


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Dudes mom 01-24-2014 04:18 PM

I have two pups that are closer in age than that. It wasn't planned, I love them both, but if I knew then..... I would have waited, but my situation may be different than yours. I'm single and live alone. It takes all off time to train and exercise and sometimes I worry that one or the other is getting short changed.

sit,stay 01-24-2014 05:04 PM

I wouldn't think about adding another puppy until my current dog was an adult and consistently solid in training and general life/house skills.

OP, I know it appears as if your current dog is settled enough to add a puppy sooner, rather than later. But your guy is still very much a puppy himself and will continue to be for another year or two (at least). There are so many shifts made in the first 18-24 months. Sometimes the dog you have at 9 months is nothing like the dog you have at 2 years, or 3 years. Give your current guy the time he needs to show you who he is and what he needs.

Your current dog deserves your best effort, which includes as much work as you can possibly put in as far as training, socializing and exercise goes. Getting a second puppy before your current dog is done with requiring so much of you as an owner is short changing him. And it would be short changing the younger puppy as well, because that puppy in turn deserves the same kind of attention and effort.

Love your current dog, train and socialize and make him the best dog that he can be. And then add a puppy. You won't ever regret being patient and waiting. But you sure could end up regretting bringing a second puppy into your home too early.
Sheilah

Benson** 01-24-2014 07:20 PM

Thank your for the replies and advice, in my home i live with my mum (who ultimately decides if we do get another one or not) and my brother, my other brother lives round the corner with his girlfriend, and family friends, so there is always someone to watch Benson, let him out for a toilet etc. i know we have a few months to discuss and decide. When the litter is born, it will be Bensons siblings, would that make any difference? I think we would be able to make it work, but i know it will be a massive challenge and have our hands full! Im personally on the fence whether to have another pup or not.


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SuperG 01-24-2014 07:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sit,stay (Post 4898426)
I wouldn't think about adding another puppy until my current dog was an adult and consistently solid in training and general life/house skills.

OP, I know it appears as if your current dog is settled enough to add a puppy sooner, rather than later. But your guy is still very much a puppy himself and will continue to be for another year or two (at least). There are so many shifts made in the first 18-24 months. Sometimes the dog you have at 9 months is nothing like the dog you have at 2 years, or 3 years. Give your current guy the time he needs to show you who he is and what he needs.

Your current dog deserves your best effort, which includes as much work as you can possibly put in as far as training, socializing and exercise goes. Getting a second puppy before your current dog is done with requiring so much of you as an owner is short changing him. And it would be short changing the younger puppy as well, because that puppy in turn deserves the same kind of attention and effort.

Love your current dog, train and socialize and make him the best dog that he can be. And then add a puppy. You won't ever regret being patient and waiting. But you sure could end up regretting bringing a second puppy into your home too early.
Sheilah

I completely subscribe to your mentality.....I've always wanted another dog but always ended up with just one at a time. I also, always really gave great consideration to getting a pal for our bud...and held off.

NOW, I know why... I've never gotten the first dog to that level....LOL

Good advice on your behalf. Many accomplish the task of providing a wonderful home for numerous pets but it doesn't happen on it's own.

SuperG

sit,stay 01-24-2014 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Benson** (Post 4899386)
When the litter is born, it will be Bensons siblings, would that make any difference?

No, the fact that they are blood relations will not make any difference.
Sheilah


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