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12-27-2013 04:30 PM
3dognite We had puppies 3 springs in a row...the dogs were all about 1 year apart in age. It was challenging, but it worked out okay...except now they're all old dogs...and deaf. And I lost my youngest of the 3 first.
12-27-2013 04:11 PM
Baron'sMom martemchik....when you say my GSD should be bonded to me and that relationship should not be replaced by a puppy...how will i know if that's happening? My GSD and I are very well bonded, but he IS very focused on the puppy...ie..where she goes, what she's doing, wanting to play with her, taking her toys...etc. Now he comes when i call him to me, and he will leave the puppy if i tell him to come with me, but he does so reluctantly. We have only had her since monday night the 23rd (so I may be over reacting). I plan on taking him to the park sat (just me and him) and he has a friend down the street that only he will play with this weekend. I want to make sure what he's doing is normal and not over focused on her.
12-26-2013 10:45 AM
martemchik Yeah, 19 months old is not a puppy anymore. Although they sometimes act like it, 19 months old is a fully grown dog. Your 19 month old should be very well bonded to you and not replace that relationship with a puppy.
12-26-2013 08:56 AM
huntergreen imho, there is enough of an age difference that you should be fine.
12-25-2013 11:15 PM
Baron'sMom Thanks doggiedad! My GSD is highly socialized... trained... but I probably wouldn't say highly trained. It seems to be an on-going battle. He knows the basics, sit, down, stay, heel (on leash). Our trainer just got out of the business but we know the trainer taking over and will began training with him as soon as doodle has had all shots etc.
12-25-2013 11:11 PM
boomer11 a golden doodle is never a bad idea!
12-25-2013 10:09 PM
doggiedad if your GSD is well trained and highly socialized and you have the
time to put into training the Doodle you shouldn't have much of a
problem.
12-25-2013 10:06 PM
Baron'sMom Thanks for the responses! I must add that I had been telling my husband i thought our GSD needed a sister and that it should be a golden doodle, (a friend has one and I fell in love when I met it). I just didn't know he was actually "onboard" with a 2nd dog and getting her for christmas delivery, hence the "surprise". The GSD stays in the backyard while we're at work and the doodle will be crated until old and big enough to share the (big) backyard. They both are in the house with us/or with us outside when we're home. We have been (trying) feeding them separately, playing with them separately and together under close supervision. The GSD is a little jealous but I'm making sure to give him extra attention and he's playing nice..so far…with the doodle. (My GSD is very social and participates in socials 2 -3 x a week). I've never had two dogs at once and just want to make sure I get it right, especially with routine, dominance, training, etc.
12-25-2013 10:01 PM
arycrest It's a long story, but when I moved down to Florida I brought 3 adult GSDs with me knowing a friend of mine was going to give me a GSD puppy when I arrived. Well, I got Ringer, the puppy, I also ended up with Ringer's father, JR, and his litter sister, Honey, all within a couple weeks of arriving here. So I had two puppies to raise. Six months later a friend came down and brought me Kelly, a WGSD puppy as a house warming gift.

So I ended up with 7 dogs within a six month period, three of which were puppies.

I don't recommend getting this many puppies, but once you have them, it's not the worst scenario you can go thru. I got everyone housebroken in a reasonable time. The two older puppies had completed their first group of puppy lessons when I got Kelly, so training them wasn't that bad ... I just went to two or three different classes.

Two things were problematic ... and it wasn't raising three puppies together ... it was when they were seniors that I encountered the mega problems. First there were the huge vet bills from the three seniors who were so close in age. And the worst part, the hardest part, was losing all three within a nine month period. First Ringer died in May, a month before his 13th birthday. Then 12-1/2 year old Kelly died that July. Honey died 4 months short of her 14th birthday. It's so hard losing a much loved dog, it's absolutely heartbreaking losing three of them in such a short time span.
12-25-2013 08:25 PM
sarah1366 No not always a mistake I had 2 pups that was only 8 month apart they became best friends and was inseparable I think depends on nature plus I tended make sure was male female mix yes you go through teething stage not much apart but you also get rid that side at same time too I was lucky I has no issues if anything they literally was best buddies and wasn't same breed either one was gsd and other was greyhound but so protective of each other they would have given en there lives if it meant saving g the other one there bond was incredible

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