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02-12-2014 01:32 PM
Eiros
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Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
agree to disagree. "my dog has energy" is not a good enough reason for me to discourage someone from getting a rescue. Then again I'm used to high energy dogs.
We agree on that! I love rescues!
02-12-2014 01:12 PM
shepherdmom
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I guess we will have to agree to disagree. I would not consider my dog's energy level (which can be boredom related, but you're right, not always) to be the most important criteria when deciding to get another dog. I would consider other things first (readiness of my dog and myself). I saw nothing in the original post that addressed any of these issues, so I think that's where some of these responses are coming from. "My dog has energy" is not a good enough reason for me to encourage someone to bring another dog into their home, so I'm not going to encourage them
agree to disagree. "my dog has energy" is not a good enough reason for me to discourage someone from getting a rescue. Then again I'm used to high energy dogs.
02-12-2014 01:05 PM
Eiros
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I see no problems with getting a playmate for another dog. As long as the first one is trained, and I saw nothing in the OP's post to say it wasn't. Where in the OP's post did it say her current dog was bored?
I guess we will have to agree to disagree. I would not consider my dog's energy level (which can be boredom related, but you're right, not always) to be the most important criteria when deciding to get another dog. I would consider other things first (readiness of my dog and myself). I saw nothing in the original post that addressed any of these issues, so I think that's where some of these responses are coming from. "My dog has energy" is not a good enough reason for me to encourage someone to bring another dog into their home, so I'm not going to encourage them
02-12-2014 12:30 PM
shepherdmom
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No one is refuting that animals have feelings. Is getting another dog to help the first a good idea sometimes? I'm sure it is! In your case, it sounds like it made a big difference! But getting another dog to entertain a puppy who might just be bored ALWAYS a good idea? I'm not seeing anywhere that this dog is suffering. I'm seeing that it's bored and has a lot of energy. Which, at just over a year, sounds pretty normal! Surely you're not advocating everyone who has an active puppy get a second dog to wear the first one out for the owner.

Honestly, it's not my biz what anyone on here does. If it were ME though, I'd not get another dog until mine was mature and ready. And not until I was ready, not just because my dog was bored.
I see no problems with getting a playmate for another dog. As long as the first one is trained, and I saw nothing in the OP's post to say it wasn't. Where in the OP's post did it say her current dog was bored?
02-12-2014 12:23 PM
Galathiel If your dog has had sufficient exercise and training that it should be expected to be calm, then it needs to learn how to settle. I would crate and also teach it "place". Some dogs don't have a built in off ('raises hand') and have to be REQUIRED to chill. It can be a learned skill just like any other skill. I put mine in 'place' and give him several bones and chews to choose from and put him back when he wanders off. I don't keep him there long at a time, but you can build that time up.
02-12-2014 12:01 PM
Eiros
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Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
We lost all of our seniors within about a 5 year span. My two kids grew up and moved out. Then Buddy lost his brother, he was depressed and giving up. I totally got Ivan for Buddy. We went to many adoption events, we went and visited rescues and finally we went to the shelter. He picked. He chose his companion. Not me. I wanted another GSD he was uninterested. We got what he needed. Because he came first! His needs were more important to me than what I wanted.

People seem to forget that animals do have feelings. Ivan was for Buddy but he turned out being what we needed to. He helped heal all of us.



Where does it say the dog is with training? Is there another thread I missed somewhere? All I read was that OP had a high energy 14 month old.
No one is refuting that animals have feelings. Is getting another dog to help the first a good idea sometimes? I'm sure it is! In your case, it sounds like it made a big difference! But getting another dog to entertain a puppy who might just be bored ALWAYS a good idea? I'm not seeing anywhere that this dog is suffering. I'm seeing that it's bored and has a lot of energy. Which, at just over a year, sounds pretty normal! Surely you're not advocating everyone who has an active puppy get a second dog to wear the first one out for the owner.

Honestly, it's not my biz what anyone on here does. If it were ME though, I'd not get another dog until mine was mature and ready. And not until I was ready, not just because my dog was bored.
02-12-2014 11:39 AM
shepherdmom
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Yes, I have 2 dogs but I didn't buy my 2nd dog to occupy my 1st dog.

I got my 2nd dog because I wanted a 2nd dog for ME.
We lost all of our seniors within about a 5 year span. My two kids grew up and moved out. Then Buddy lost his brother, he was depressed and giving up. I totally got Ivan for Buddy. We went to many adoption events, we went and visited rescues and finally we went to the shelter. He picked. He chose his companion. Not me. I wanted another GSD he was uninterested. We got what he needed. Because he came first! His needs were more important to me than what I wanted.

People seem to forget that animals do have feelings. Ivan was for Buddy but he turned out being what we needed to. He helped heal all of us.

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I said to wait based on where her dog is with training and her reasons for getting a second dog. It has nothing to do with being a new owner or not.
Where does it say the dog is with training? Is there another thread I missed somewhere? All I read was that OP had a high energy 14 month old.
02-12-2014 11:16 AM
stmcfred My response has nothing to do with whether your a new owner or not. It was strickly based on the reason you posted you wanted another dog.
Now if you said you said you wanted another dog because YOU want another dog and have time and money for one. my answer would have been yes go find another dog. I'm sure your dog would enjoy the company.

My older dog loves the puppy and keep him more active. However i got the puppy because i wanted one. Her keeping my other dog active was just a bonus.

Your initial post made it seem like you just want another dog because you can't exercise your high energy dog and thought another dog would help.

Sorry for typos on my phone
02-12-2014 11:15 AM
wolfy dog If the high-energy is a problem I would get a gentle giant of opposite sex if you must have a second dog. But basically you need to be her companion and working buddy first. And the second dog should be able to handle the high energy of your dog.
In the past we had a calm small dog when we got our Malinois but they never interacted much. It was nice to have a sweet small dog around next to her but that was for us and the kids mainly. I am sure the Malinois could have cared less.
02-12-2014 10:53 AM
LaRen616
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When I was younger a roommate had a cat and I had an English Cocker Spaniel. When my roommate moved out she took the cat and my dog went through a major depression that worried the heck out of me. I don't really like cats much but can tolerate them. So one day, I went and got my dog a cat. I tell you that cat saved that dogs life. Now the dog is gone and the cat is still thriving. Now that both dogs gone the cat is miserable.
Getting a cat and getting a dog are two totally different things.

Cats are easy to care for, cheap to feed and they don't require training. I have 4 cats and all 4 of them are a heck of a lot easier to take care of than my 2nd dog.
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