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Hi everyone. I have 8 months old GSD and 4 months miniature pinscher. I'm thinking about to get a female GS puppy. Some people say tell me wait for 2 years for my GS puppy become mature and then having another one. What do u all think about this? When is the best time for me to have another puppy? If I get one one, does it cause misbonding between me and my dogs? Because currently 2 of my dogs are still puppy. What do u think? Any input will be appreciated. Thanks so much..
 

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Agreed when the yougest is 18 to 24 months old.
 

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Rule of thumb on adding a new dog is that you need to have your current "pack" completely under control, all obedience or behavioral issues handled, and your current dog or dogs temperaments and personalities understood to that you know what would be a good match. Since knowing all of this about a puppy is not really possible, waiting until close to maturity is best.
 

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Thank you all of you. Thank you very much
 

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Seems like I wait much longer than others. I have about a 5 yr split between dogs. That way I am better able to raise and make each be 'all that they can be' as individuals before adding another pup (and a TIME SUCKING pup) to the mix.

I spend so much time socializing one puppy the first year, and training that year and the following. And really developing their individual personalities so I know my dogs as individuals (rather than the pack). And it's vital to do all the separate stuff, taking the new puppy away from the house/other dogs, car rides, training, visiting friends, relatives, etc. Otherwise the dogs will become 'doggy' and much more attuned to each other while the humans are just periferal to their lives giving food and petting but not needed for anything else.

I have such high hopes and expectations from each of my dogs, and want to KNOW that I have done my best before adding another and forcing my attention from the older dog and onto the new one. My guilt is much less when I know the older has had their time with me.

I want dogs that all my friends, neighbors, relatives, coworkers know and love. So that I never have to kennel them but always can either bring them with me on all vacations or have a literal waiting list of people who know and love them. My dogs get along with other dogs and that's what I expect. They get along with people and have their CGC's and that's what I EXPECT.

Something else people never think of when adding more adorable puppies to the house, is 12 -15 yrs down the line when the dogs ALL BECOME SENIORS at the same time. The cost of this. Stress and worries of this. Vet visits. Issues with incontinence, having to assist carry a 75 plus pound dog to get them outside or back on their feet if they stumble....... Think it's much more responsible to ourselves as well as our beloved pets to deal with only one of these senior dogs at a time.
 

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Hi Maggie. I can't describe you how grateful I feel after your post. You enlightened me so much. You explained lots of aspects to me. Thank you so much again.
 
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