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04-14-2014 11:46 AM
nktigger99
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Originally Posted by MaggieRoseLee View Post
I'd NEVER have 2 puppies at the same time!!! And my GSD's are 'puppies' until about 3 yrs old!

Much better to work on one at a time to make it perfect before adding more confusion to the mix. Costwise too, good to just pay for food, vet bills, socialization and dog classes for one.......... then save up and prepare for the next. 5 year split is perfect for me.

I never get a 'new' dog for my older dogs. Frankly, my dogs seem to enjoy having me all to themselves for as long as that lasts. Because a NEW puppy always is a massive time sucker and I can in no way spend the same time with the older dogs.

Most of the best breeders won't sell another puppy to us if we have a younger dog already cause they know it's not fair to either dog.... so you may also consider that and wait a few years.

Keep in mind the 'selfish' part of this 10 yrs or so down the line when you would have 2 senior dogs. That can be massively expensive with senior dog issues at the vets. Plus the emotional toll on us when one or both pass within close space of time.

I've had a 4 - 5 yr split always between my dogs and it's worked out for me AND the dogs.
It is a personal choice and just one person's opinion. You get the same thing when choosing the spacing of children. If I had a dollar for ever person who said this about having an addition child I would be rich. I had four kids in 3 years!!

We will be adding a second dog when Abby is around a year....not sure if it will be a puppy or adult rescue though.

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04-14-2014 10:07 AM
Lark My dog is 2, and I can't imagine adding another right now.

That said, his trainer has a young male puppy (a GSD), and my dog LOVES him. They play together extremely well, and they tire each other out. At 2 my dog is very patient with the puppy, yet still has a ton of energy to play. I think the puppy is about 6 mths old.
04-14-2014 07:44 AM
LaRen616
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Originally Posted by LeoRose View Post
You don't necessarily get another dog as a friend for your current dog. You get another dog because YOU want another dog.


I like 2-3 years between my dogs but I have a 4 year age difference right now between my 2 males.
04-14-2014 05:39 AM
dave3003102
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Originally Posted by Twyla View Post
I have 2 dogs, 3 months difference in age. Absolutely love both of them. Would I do it again? NO!!

GSD - temperament issues
LAB - health issues early part of her life

Double the vet bills, double the training, double everything.

Then looking at senior years and end of life....
I do not concern about doubling issue, we need lots of time and care to raise a pup properly and I don't have that now. My current pup is 4 months old and I give little time for him besides training. (1-2 hours for training). He pops and pees outside in garden, just need to open the door for him.
04-14-2014 05:29 AM
dave3003102
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Originally Posted by huntergreen View Post
i disagree with Leorose, another dog for companionship for your dog can be a good thing. first imho, you need to wait until your current gsd is at least 2 years of age, and you need to know how pick one with a compatable temperament.
Thanks, I wanted that only, and relieved to hear that 1 or 2 years difference would not make any issue, that was my main concern because currently I am not in state to get another dog but definitely would get in future.
04-14-2014 05:24 AM
dave3003102
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Originally Posted by LeoRose View Post
You don't necessarily get another dog as a friend for your current dog. You get another dog because YOU want another dog.


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You just messed up the whole thing "YOU want another dog" and diverted from main topic. I just don't need a dog, if so I would have gone for others breeds, I need a companion for him, that would serve as another dog for me as well.
04-13-2014 11:48 PM
huntergreen i disagree with Leorose, another dog for companionship for your dog can be a good thing. first imho, you need to wait until your current gsd is at least 2 years of age, and you need to know how pick one with a compatable temperament.
04-13-2014 10:50 PM
LeoRose
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Originally Posted by dave3003102 View Post
So you are saying that I should wait until he is 3 years to get a partner for him, Right?

or I am messed up.

You don't necessarily get another dog as a friend for your current dog. You get another dog because YOU want another dog.


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04-13-2014 10:45 PM
SunCzarina I like to have one mature dog with a pup. I used to do rescue work, having a pair of shepherds 2 or 3 years old, it's pandemonium.

Even an adult 3 year old with a puppy is a bit insane. Morgan and Luther were 3 years apart. So many times they almost threw me down the stairs in their zeal to get outside. I prefer the age spread I have now, almost 6 year old male (who's very immature) and a 15 month old female. He's more of a fun Dad than an partner in crime...
04-13-2014 10:12 PM
Twyla I have 2 dogs, 3 months difference in age. Absolutely love both of them. Would I do it again? NO!!

GSD - temperament issues
LAB - health issues early part of her life

Double the vet bills, double the training, double everything.

Then looking at senior years and end of life....
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