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04-28-2014 10:37 PM
Originally Posted by scarfish View Post
everyone with negativity only seems to say what can happen, might happen or might have heard. i was hoping for more "we got 2 dogs a year apart and things were great" or "we got 2 dogs a year apart and they killed each other".
Harley and Annie are six months apart in age. We got Annie when Harley was 9 months old. They get along great and always have. (he just turned 7, she'll be 7 in October) Our youngest dog turned a year old in December, she gets along with both of them.
04-28-2014 07:19 PM
martemchik The reason you don't see that many first hand experiences is that the people that regularly participate on this forum generally don't make that decision, or are experienced enough that they know how to handle the situation. The 3 year rule is given to people that come on and their first post is about getting another dog...the assumption is then that they're not really that knowledgeable and so they are told to hold off on getting another dog.

There are very few people that constantly participate on this forum that would A) re-home a dog or B) admit to re-homing a dog. Those of us who participate in sport and have higher expectations of what "obedient" means, will generally only get another dog before that point if the breeding is right, or something happens where an excellent dog becomes available due to a breeder return or something of that nature.
04-28-2014 06:49 PM
wolfy dog If your dogs are close in age, it doesn't mean they will die at the same age. I had a group of 4 in the past, all 4 were 2 years apart of each other. They were all dead within three years. Some got really old and others not so. I wouldn't worry about the future if the present is working out for you.
For me it would be a good time to add number two when number one is obedient and socialized and I have time and energy to put into another dog while number one would still love to work with me all day.
And yes, having two younger dogs is a joy if you can handle all the fun.
04-28-2014 06:04 PM
Cassidy's Mom There is no one size fits all rule. People are free to decide what would work best for them. That being said, many people decide that it's best to have a few years in between their dogs, for all the reasons people have posted. Getting another puppy when you already have a year old puppy isn't always a good idea, nor is it never a good idea. Sometimes it works out just fine, sometimes it doesn't, and that can depend on a variety of factors, not the least of which is the personalities of the dogs in question - if the first one is already practically perfect, to the point where you can set their training aside to focus on the puppy, great. If not, it's going to take a lot more time and diligent effort on the part of the owners to train both at the same time.

A dozen people can have a great experience but that doesn't mean you will too, any more than a dozen people having a bad experience means that you will too.
04-28-2014 05:06 PM
scarfish it's prolly like looking up reviews on a store. the 1000 people that had a good experience never bothered expressing it on the internet. the 4 that did have a bad experience did go out of their way to post about it. so only the researching inexperienced get to hear the ugly. that's why i asked for opinions from those with actual experience.

so that's good to know, everyone that posted with actual experience with 2 puppies are happy or have been 'till they lost them both so close together. sucks and sorry.

i wasn't looking for hear say.
04-28-2014 04:54 PM
Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
Wow I so totally do not get this. I love that my dogs play with each other cuddle together and have each other when I am not home or even when I am. They all take their turns on my lap and getting loves and cuddles but I am totally glad they have each other to keep from getting bored.

Have to agree with dogs would be lost without each other. They all get to do stuff separate from each other, but they are excited to see each other afterwards.
04-28-2014 03:42 PM
Originally Posted by scarfish View Post
it just seems strange that everyone that says how much a bad idea it is hasn't had to re-home a puppy themselves over it. everyone that seems to have actual experience with 2 puppies any have the bad experience of losing them so close together. i was hoping for more experienced opinions.
There was one thread I remember from way back. One of the former members tried so hard to keep two littermate brothers together but eventually wound up re-homing one. It was so sad.
04-28-2014 03:23 PM
N Smith I do have experience with raising two almost same age puppies - as when I was set to get my Leonberger, the local shelter had someone drop off 13, 12 week old puppies he couldn't sell. With the current isolation population, there were 21 puppies, some sleeping in crates in the waiting room. Far from ideal. My Leonberger was 8 weeks at the time.

So I said I would take one, not realizing just how messed up the puppies were. It was SO much work raising two puppies to be amazing dogs (especially working with one who was basically feral). Both had separate classes, training sessions, walks etc. It was hard keeping them separate, so they would bond strongest to me, not each other.

We did finally rehab the foster to where she was able to get her CGN and help children in bite prevention classes learn about dog behavior. She also walked in the Canada Day parade and participated in the Canada Day demo - wonderful dog! Then she was re-homed and has the best time with her 12 year old owner.

But in reality, not many people train dogs as a second "career" (meaning 20+ hours a week on top of a full time job), so they may not have the time to dedicate to raising two pups properly.

If someone can, then more power to them - I start considering the results when the dogs are older, at least 3 and have finished maturing.

I did not have a "bad" experience, but it was A LOT of work - but I was happy with the results, it is just not something that I would repeat myself with a working breed.

Now, I have Pomeranians as well and they are much easier to have closer to the same age. I still have rules they must abide by (come when called period, no on the furniture unless requested, NO yapping and NO aggression). They are show dogs, but I do Nosework and soon Agility with them. They still take time (training, grooming etc), its just at another level.
04-28-2014 03:10 PM
scarfish it just seems strange that everyone that says how much a bad idea it is hasn't had to re-home a puppy themselves over it. everyone that seems to have actual experience with 2 puppies any have the bad experience of losing them so close together. i was hoping for more experienced opinions.
04-28-2014 02:59 PM
Originally Posted by scarfish View Post
do you think it's at all possible is was a male on male dominance issue? we were worried about that. that's the reason why we got a female first then a male.
Oh, I'm sure that's part of it. But you also can't make that blanket statement that "female + male will always get along" as well.

I think the reason you'll always hear "worst case scenario" stuff is because many times the worst case scenario, or something like it does end up with a dog needing a second home, which is what people try to prevent. You're right...we can't always go through life and make decisions based off of "what's the worst that can happen?" But in these cases...the second dog isn't always "necessary" and holding off on getting a second dog is probably the "safer" choice.
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