|09-01-2013 11:47 PM|
The 'two senior dogs' at the same time is an issue that can NOT be underrated. I had a bad back for years after having to help lift just one senior dog up onto the bed and into the car (I know, lift with my legs) plus the bills for the meds with just normal senior issues to keep our dogs comfortable.
Added the HUGE ISSUE if I had to lose 2 dogs within a short time frame from old age.... I'd be a wreck!
|09-01-2013 10:34 PM|
|Linck||Thanks everyone. I talked to hubby about this and brought up the issue you guys have mentioned and we agree to wait until Lincoln is older... at least until he is mature, perfect his basic obedience and obey house rules before we think about getting another one.|
|08-30-2013 08:13 PM|
With dogs so close in age, you'll be going thru alot of the issues and concerns discussed on this site --> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...dogs-once.html
I do not find 2 dogs easier than one. But if one of them is older, trained and socialized to be practically perfect, then when you do add another it's just so much easier.
|08-30-2013 08:02 PM|
I also agree with the above.
Want to add something, sometimes people don't think about..when you have two dogs close in age, they are going to get 'old' at the same time I lost my first two within 6 months of each other at 13 and 9 years of age,,killed me...But no, I had to do it again, and I lost both of my heart dogs also within a year of each other,,that was devastating..
I swore I'd never get two again close in age because of the above,,right now I have an almost 14 yr old and 12 year old aussie, they are both still VERY active, but I dread the day.
Masi is 5, and I am not planning on getting any more dogs until my seniors pass..
So that is something to consider as well.
And hey, if you want a golden I say go with a golden !! I like having a couple of different breeds and will always have an aussie/gsd in my house.
|08-30-2013 07:48 PM|
Yeah.....Everything that Cassiday's Mom said!
I would wait until Lincoln fully developed physically and mentally and you find out exactly who he will become! Then he can "teach" the new dog! Two "puppies" can be quite a challenge for a lot of different reasons!
They all have such individual personalities, characteristics and habits! One of our GSD's is the alert dog at every sound that is out of the norm and the other could care less!
You will love your new dog for different reasons, but just as much!
|08-30-2013 06:20 PM|
If it's important to you to wait until he's 2 years old to neuter, and you want a female (which is what I'd recommend - male/female combos are all we've ever done and they've gotten along famously), I would suggest that you wait on getting a second dog. Getting a companion for HIM is not that great a reason for adding to the pack. Now if you or your husband want a companion for YOURSELVES, that's fine! If you decide not to neuter him at all, there's also the option of an earlier spay for the female, like 6 or 7 months old. She may not go into heat until well past then, but you won't know for sure until it happens.
Unfortunately some dogs may not get along, which will make your life exponentially more complicated than it is with just one dog, and it's also possible that your next dog will be more of a project in terms of training and behavior. There just are no guarantees.
No matter what you decide, there's really no hurry, so why not wait until he's a little more mature and his training is further along. The new puppy is going to suck up a lot of your time, so that will take away time from Lincoln.
|08-30-2013 05:38 PM|
1. I'm not sure on neuter/spay, all my dogs have been by the first year, I know differently now, so Ranger gets to keep his, at least for the time being. My lab went into heat early and what a mess, for me I would at least get the female "fixed".
2. Some dogs don't get along, but more than likely, if you start with a pup, they'll be fine, at least that's been my experience.
3. All three of my gsds have different personalities. Tuke is laid back and enjoys relaxing with the entire family. She'll lay on the bed with me or the kids and is just fine being used as a pillow. Zoey, Tukes litter mate, is serious, lots of drive and energy, she will go go go if you let her. She enjoys attention to, but with a time limit. Ranger is pure clown and to me he looks like he's smiling 24/7, nothing gets him down, even while training a stern correction is nothing, very solid boy. I love all 3 of them, no real favorites, I enjoy each ones uniqueness.
4. You will just have to work this out between yourselves. DW and I talked for almost a year before getting Tuke and Zoey. Ranger came to us from an agreement we made with my MIL. I would have liked to have waited until the girls were about 4 before adding another, but my mil needed to have back surgery followed by hernia surgery so she was unable to care for him. We got him at 4 months and he fit in perfectly.
|08-30-2013 04:43 PM|
too early to get another gsd?
My husband told me he wants another gsd last night. He told me to be open minded and do the research so here I am on the forum cruising after reading a few thread I don't find the one that worry about the same issue with me so I start a new thread.
Lincoln is 8 mo. He is a perfect dog as far as we concern. Very friendly to other dogs and human. no aggression whatsoever. His training is coming along very well. He practically have most basic command down but we keep him in the obedience class to keep him socialize and its fun for us. The purpose of getting another dog is because we want Lincoln to have a companion. And even though we have been through a lot of pain with Lincoln which is our first dog, I wouldn't trade him for anything else. This is also the reason why my husband want to get another gsd if we are getting another dog at all.
So here is where I am on my worry....
1. Neutering. I believe the best combination would be boy and girl, right? Lincoln is intact and we plan on keeping him intact until at least 2 years old or maybe forever if there is no issue arise. If we add a female to the pack, then one of them has to be fixed?? how soon will that have to happen?? My first reaction to this is to wait until Lincoln can be neutered when he is two but then I thought if he is doing well intact, why would I do that to him just to get another dog?
2. I read somewhere that some dogs just won't get along... is it true?
3. I love Lincoln very much. So much that I don't know if I would be bias toward the second dog. Especially if they are so much alike (like same breed), I would probably unconsciously comparing them right? I feel like we were lucked out with Lincoln. He didn't get car sick, potty trained in couple of weeks, left home alone and cause no trouble since he was 3 months old. Will my next dog be easy? If not, will I love her enough to tolerate her??
4. Before we got Lincoln, when we were looking into what breed we want to get, my second choice from gsd was a English Cream golden retriever. My husband said I'm not patient enough to deal with retriever . Anyway, so I thought if I'm getting a second dog, shouldn't I get that? Then I would have two dogs that are on the top of my breed favorite list. My husband said how about we compromise, since I want a white dog and he wants a gsd, lets get a white gsd. Is this even a good idea?
I would appreciate any feedback to help us with this decision. There are more to it but I don't want to write a book over this. Thanks in advance