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01-13-2014 09:23 PM
JackandMattie On board with the majority. One bored young dog, plus another young dog only equals owner frustration and property damage Work and train and socialize and crate


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01-11-2014 11:27 PM
Sansa's Mom
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Oh my.....if you only knew.....
I have 5 cats in the house. They have not had much access to each other over the past 11 months when I first got my GSD. He chases them and scares them. It's worse outside.

Now I do have 1 barn cat right now that comes to the porch for food. I let my dog sniff him and hang out with him on a prong collar and leash. He is getting better with that cat. But as soon as he's off a leash....the cat is off and running with the dog right on his tail.

I'd love for my dog to be friends with all my cats. It will take forever for that to happen though.
Yeah, it really depends on the gsd. My husband is the cat person, he talked me into getting a kitten 2 weeks before we were going to bring Sansa home. I was really worried about the whole thing, but it has worked out well.

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01-11-2014 08:59 PM
IllinoisNative
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Really glad that you asked, eh? I can't quite figure out why people always seem to think that getting another dog is the best answer - it's so much more work, and if you're working on teaching them things, it's three times as much, because you have to work them separately, and then together, rather than just working one dog. And then add in that you'll likely have more than twice the 'damage' around the house, and the chance of the dogs getting into more trouble together than either one alone, and so on, and it can be daunting.
People ask because they don't know. If you've never had a multi-dog household, how would you know? I mean, nobody really knows how much work a child is until they have one. And even then they don't know how much more work two children is. LOL You don't know what you don't know.

It seems logical that if your dog wants more play/companionship, you'd think of getting another dog. But those who have done that, for that reason, know better.
01-11-2014 08:53 PM
Susan_GSD_mom I have to add my 2 cents, worthwhile or not, only since it's opposite what most have told you here.

I agree with everyone on so much--yes, it's a lot more work, yes, a lot more training, yes, more money, etc., etc., etc.

BUT...Ever since the first time I got a second GSD, I began to see how much happier they seemed to be. The male I had at the time would not look at me, actually turned his back on me when I walked into a room, for a full 2 weeks, after I brought a puppy into the house. That certainly didn't last--the last few years of his life were enriched so much by that girl! The key is, though, you have to make enough time and attention for BOTH of them, so each bonds with you, not only with the other dog(s).

I have never had a one-dog household ever since, except if one passes away, and only while we are looking for another to fill the vacuum.

With the weather we have had, believe me, I have questioned the wisdom of the second one, especially at 6:00 in the morning or 11:00 at night when they insist they have to go out...but that's momentary. It has actually been easier when the weather warmed up enough that they could run and play together in the deep snow. We have over half an acre fenced, and they tear around, bounding in the deep snow, running in tandem like a pair of harnessed horses--so beautiful! They come in tired and happy, and we have a peaceful house!
01-11-2014 08:08 PM
OriginalWacky
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That seems nuts. I obviously have been misinformed about having 2 dogs. Thanks for sharing. I feel a big sigh of relief I don't have to get 2 dogs now based on everyone's feedback.
Really glad that you asked, eh? I can't quite figure out why people always seem to think that getting another dog is the best answer - it's so much more work, and if you're working on teaching them things, it's three times as much, because you have to work them separately, and then together, rather than just working one dog. And then add in that you'll likely have more than twice the 'damage' around the house, and the chance of the dogs getting into more trouble together than either one alone, and so on, and it can be daunting.

I personally will probably not ever stay a one dog household for long, but I thrive on it, and want the dogs for ME, not for the other dogs. And I've been lucky that it's worked out pretty well most of the time, but when it doesn't work out, it can be really expensive, and quite heartwrenching. Sounds like everybody has already covered tons of great ideas to help wear your pup out more, so good luck and enjoy!
01-11-2014 07:51 PM
Packen Getting a second dog is 4X the work of one if you have same goals for both. In short, don't do it unless you really want to find out/challenge your capabilities.
01-11-2014 07:48 PM
spacenuts
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My two dogs just lay around on the couch/floor until I get home. They have full access to the yard all of the time, but they don't want to play with each other, they want to play with me.

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That seems nuts. I obviously have been misinformed about having 2 dogs. Thanks for sharing. I feel a big sigh of relief I don't have to get 2 dogs now based on everyone's feedback.
01-11-2014 07:44 PM
spacenuts
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What about getting a cat?
Oh my.....if you only knew.....
I have 5 cats in the house. They have not had much access to each other over the past 11 months when I first got my GSD. He chases them and scares them. It's worse outside.

Now I do have 1 barn cat right now that comes to the porch for food. I let my dog sniff him and hang out with him on a prong collar and leash. He is getting better with that cat. But as soon as he's off a leash....the cat is off and running with the dog right on his tail.

I'd love for my dog to be friends with all my cats. It will take forever for that to happen though.
01-11-2014 04:52 PM
Sansa's Mom What about getting a cat? I suppose it can be risky depending on how your dog gets along with cats, but I got my kitten and dog at the same time, and they are best buddies. They chase each other around for a good 1-2 hours per day mininum, and it wears them both out. They both back off from each other if one of them is getting two intense with the playing. My gsd needs substantially less exercise from me than any other gsd that I've owned, I think it is due to the cat.

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01-11-2014 04:34 PM
Curtis My two dogs just lay around on the couch/floor until I get home. They have full access to the yard all of the time, but they don't want to play with each other, they want to play with me.

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