|08-14-2013 02:57 PM|
Don't be surprised if the breeder does not allow you to bring your dog to have it select your next new companion.
There are reasons for this. Diseases are hardest on the elderly and young dogs, so letting strange dogs come visit a litter of puppies is not something most respectable breeders want to do. Among other reasons.
|08-14-2013 12:22 PM|
Definitely do some serious socialization with your female before bringing in a male.
However, you never know how she will react with a puppy. My female hates all other dogs, except the ones she lives with. I have brought in 2 puppies since I've had her. At first she will be apprehensive, but within hours she is playing with them.
My friend was in a similar situation with her dog aggressive female. She bought a small breed puppy and her female treated it as her own. She would even take pieces of kibble out of her bowl and put them in front of the puppy.
|08-14-2013 03:45 AM|
|08-13-2013 04:18 PM|
|GSDMUM||When that time comes I will be consuting with our dog trainers and also step up her training. I do not want to put any other dog in harm's way. If I have to I will just keep the one and not add any on.|
|08-13-2013 11:52 AM|
|shepherdmom||When you do go looking definitely bring your female with you. You do not want to get a dog she hates. Many shelters and rescues insist upon it. I don't know if a breeder would object but for sure speak to the breeder about it before hand. She might accept another adult male easier than a puppy I would try her with different things before making a firm decision. I was surprised after the death of one of my dogs when my surviving grumpy old male preferred a male mix puppy to any of the females we introduced him too. He later accepted an adult female rescue too but he started with the puppy.|
|08-13-2013 10:59 AM|
While I agree it's usually best to get the opposite sex of the dog you have to make things work out.
I also would NOT add another dog until I really know and trust the dog I have. It's why I have a 5 year split between my dogs. Get each one practically perfect with training/socialization and so I KNOW their strengths and weakness and made them better. Then I add another pup and can mostly focus on them.
Imagine the horror if you have a bitch that you can't really trust around other dogs and then get a male puppy that has similar issues as he grows. By around a year you may have huge fights and have to always keep them separated and have TWO dogs with issues to work with rather than just being able to focus and 'fix' one.
So, for me, I would go to classes. Socialize with other dogs/friends/ puppies/people. Work with the female you have so you will KNOW what happens when that puppy hits your house. And you will KNOW if your dog cares if a new dog is male or female or puppy or..................
For instance, I am dogsitting for my friends 4 month old yellow Lab puppy this upcoming week. I have a 9 year old GSD and a 4 year old GSD. Both are female. The Lab puppy is female.
Because I have trained and socialized and KNOW MY 2 girl dogs. I KNOW that adding another female will be no issue. I KNOW this. Before I agreed to dog sit for the puppy.
I feel it's my job to raise/train/socialize my dogs to be the best dogs they can be. I would never allow a new dog to be exposed to situation where I doubt the outcome. Specially because there is so much I can do to make MY dogs able to deal with most situations.
|08-13-2013 06:48 AM|
should we or shouldn't we?
Our elderly dog is in his last part of life, meanwhile we have a 2yrs old fiesty gsd female who is generally very playful, smart and sweet with us. She has played with other dogs in the yard when introduced by our trainers in the yard, Outside of the yard she is snarling and her hackles are up after she just played with them as if she never met them???
Anyway, my husband and I want one more dog, when our oldest one passes,but because our female can be snippy and guarding-aggressive I am nervous about another dog in th household. The main trainer, a man who trianed military dogs in the Italian army said that if we get another GSD to get a male but to be sure he is under 3 months of age and no older because of her guarding and dominence. I still worry that she will jump a little pup whenever it grabs something to play with. I could have an exercise pen and of course crate training where he could happily munch on a snack or bone without interference but has anyone gone through this type of situation??
Does it make a difference inbringing hr to the breeders ( 2hours away) to see who she gets along best with?
I thought of just having her after he passes but my husband really wants a large male gsd and well, I kind of want one too but I want the best for both dogs. Any suggestions?