Yes, I’ve had two working male K-9’s at the same time. I have two kennels set up in my yard. My kennels are also in a separate section of my yard. I also have a kennel in my garage which has heat and AC.
I kept my dogs separate as one was very dog aggressive. I rotated them and was very fastidious in their care and schedule. I have a Ford Explorer Interceptor for my patrol car. For about a year I took both dogs to work with me. Boomer was still certified and Boru was in training. After Boru was Patrol Certified I used him for Patrol calls and Boomer for narcotics searches.
It was a lot of work to handle 2 dogs like mine, but I didn’t mind.
My advice would be to keep both dogs completely separate. Have an outdoor kennel for both dogs. Be very careful when putting one dog out in the yard that your spouse has not let their dog out first. Dog fights are a pain in the butt.
It can totally be done and managed. Good luck!
Thank you for the reply.
My spouses dog (Bear) is not aggressive towards most dogs, and wont provoke a fight. (although his work on the street is second to none. Teddy bear at home, grizzly bear at work) He's actually submissive to my pet dog who is an old cranky *******. Bear was slowly introduced to other dogs in neutral territory with a fence barrier, and carefully handled to prevent any dogfights. He gets along well with my parent's crazy Czech bred female, and has literally ridden in the same cage in a cruiser with another k9.
Ideally, if I were to get a dog, it would be similar in temperament and a slow careful integration into the household would occur with extremely close supervision. If they were to ever be loose in the house together (down the road clearly not off the bat) it would never be without close, direct, intentional supervision.
Our department will pay for a 10X10 outdoor kennel with concrete pad. I do plan on having both installed (we havent done one for Bear as yet). The way our home is set up allows us to separate dogs, crate all of them, or play musical kennels as needed. We've handled a dog aggressive dog in the home before, with Bear, and as you said, a careful plan of management and rotation did the trick.
Finger's crossed. I plan on photographing our setup, and taking that with me to the interview. I'm going to shoot you a PM as well if you dont mind. Again, thank you.