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Hattie is now 7 months she is full of life but we have a good routine which works for me. I am on a waiting list for a puppy at the end of June as I think Hattie would like a companion. Hattie is still a bit juvenille and is beginining her teenage phase. She now barks at every dog she meets wants to play and is a bundle of fun but quite a live wire. I would love to know if anyone else found that pup 2 provided a calming influence or made matters worse! I feel I am fairly set on another dog as I don't like to leave a dog alone but would be interested on other peoples views. Thanks Sue and Hattie. P.S. I had two terriers as litter mates but really they were individuals and not really that bonded.
 

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there are a few people who have had second dogs alot closer together than my 2, Wilf was 3 when we got Mable he was happy to play with her but did nt want to snuggle up with her like I have seen pictures of other peoples dogs its only recently that Wilf wont move if she tries to lie with him.
I think perhaps that Wilf is more energetic in certain situation i.e with a ball, a little bit if competition never hurt.... especially when Wilf very rarely gets there first.
We left it til Wilf was that old, had been considering it since he was under 1 but did nt want to regret the decision. I wouldnt wait as long if I had my time again. But thats just my eperience everyones situations are different and so are everyones dogs.. good luck :D
 

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I don't know about a second dog calming the first down haha, probably the opposite way round with mine :) We got Poppy when Izzie had just turned 1 year old, Izzie is very well behaved and always has been. Poppy is slightly naughtier ;) Likes to yap & chews things all the time! Always being a pain to poor Izzie when they play, but I think Izzie does enjoy having another dog to play with :) Although as with Wilf and Mable, Izzie will also get up and move if poppy goes to sit with her (although I think Poppy does it on purpose so she can steal her seat!) But if Izzie chooses to sit near poppy then that's okay ;) Lol.

Not sure if that helps at all? If you want to ask anything else i'll try to answer as best I can :)
 

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I don't know about a second dog calming the first down haha, probably the opposite way round with mine :) We got Poppy when Izzie had just turned 1 year old, Izzie is very well behaved and always has been. Poppy is slightly naughtier ;) Likes to yap & chews things all the time! Always being a pain to poor Izzie when they play, but I think Izzie does enjoy having another dog to play with :) Although as with Wilf and Mable, Izzie will also get up and move if poppy goes to sit with her (although I think Poppy does it on purpose so she can steal her seat!) But if Izzie chooses to sit near poppy then that's okay ;) Lol.

Not sure if that helps at all? If you want to ask anything else i'll try to answer as best I can :)
Thanks Laura..where have you been ...haven't seen you on here much lately??
 

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Thanks Laura..where have you been ...haven't seen you on here much lately??
No problem :) I know, not been on much tbh, dad took over a business so i'm working there and pretty busy and tired with it haha, so i've been going to be early :) Just not had much chance, but have been on a bit more this week to see what's going on, nice to know i've been missed ;)
 

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We got Scamp when Rascal was 14 mths, everyone says that Rascal calmed down but I'm not so sure... maybe its just the comparison to a puppy ! :D
He is generally more well behaved and calm now but I think he's very clever and its just a front - he still runs off with paper when he thinks no-one notices, he likes to sit on a chair at the table, I swear you can see him working things out and because Scamp is a bigger , bouncy poo he makes Rascal look better !! ;)
 

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I was considering a second cockapoo and even hubby agreed that we could get another one :rolleyes: But I have since decided against it, for now anyhow.

Millie has always been a very chilled out puppy and delight to have. However over the winter months it did take a lot of work to keep her clean, having to rinse her off after every walk. As I work from home and time can be precious with clients booked in, I found it quite hard to get ready for work and wash/dry Millie. Grooming one dog is hard work, I'm not sure I have time to groom two.

Another thing that became apparent when her bestest friend Lolly came to stay for a couple of days. I wasn't the centre of Millie's world, which in a nice way I am. I do love the close relationship we have.

Oh and when they were together, the didn't curl up and sleep together even though they are best friend.
 

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I got my second when Dexter was 7 months old for just the same reason. He is a very sociable dog and loves the company of other dogs. He and Bonnie are great companions and will play for ages in the garden and the house. In some ways it's easier as they have a lot more exercise together and have a constant companion and playmate. As for being the centre of my world well now they both are!
 

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Right from the start we decided we wanted a second dog and we looked into it a lot. We spoke to our vet and plenty of other dog owners and this is what we found:

EVERYBODY recommended that we waited until Mollie was at least 20-24 months old before taking on a second dog.

The general reasons were because if you get a puppy before this time, it prolongs the naughty puppy like behaviour of the elder dog and the second dog doesn't learn to behave as well. According to my vet it is good for dogs to socialise with dogs of all ages but when it comes to taking on a second, wait until your current dog is 2.

One of my friends has pretty much exactly 1 year between her dogs and she was telling me that she wished she had waited a little while for Pedro (the oldest one) to have grown up more. She says that all they do is bicker and get jealous of eachother.

I'm sure its not the same for everyone / everybreed. Plus each dog is different - the personalitys can change a lot from dog to dog. so don't let it put you off! I have know doubt your choice will work out well for you. But for my partner and I, now that we did make ourselves wait, we are certain we have done the right thing for us.

Good luck~!
 

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Trying to be unbiased here :)

When or if to get a second dog, really depends on the first/current dog you have and of course on the owner too...

I have 2 girls at the moment and due to their training and character I would have no problem introducing a third, it really is down to the dog/dogs you currently have, plus the owners commitement to care and training etc ...

Wow that was very unbiased for me lol .. I love having my dogs and love the idea for more than one, however I would only introduce a new puppy or dog when I felt the time was right for me and my other dogs ... :)

All dog and all owners are different xxx
 

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I agree about the personalities of the dogs making a difference. I was advised to wait a year but I am not the patient type! I had my heart set on a chocolate roan bitch from the same breeder and Bonnie was ready so I went for it! Dexter was only 7 months when I got Bonnie. I am glad I didn't wait its lovely to have two youngsters together. The only things I waited for was that he had finished his obedience classes and was fully house trained and neutered.
I would say Bonnie is a calming influence on Dexter, she is far more willing to please me than he is and goes to fetch him when he is running around in the woods, she is more like a big sensible sister! He has never shown any jealousy towards her but then we have always let him feel he is top dog and she is not bothered.
 

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its down to your current dog and how mature they are! I have been very lucky that Treacle is loyal,obedient and very easy to take care of - introducing Clyde was no problem. I am sure she had a few sulks - because Treacle and I are inseparable and she was not too happy that he took some of my time - but to watch them play [as they are doing now] is nothing more than pure delight. Treacle and i still have our special time - Clyde is not as much of a cuddler so that works well.
As for workload - no difference for me at the moment - they bathe together , walk together, toilet together even eat together!
It just worked for us!
 

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Hi All,

I think there is already soem really good advice and opinions. I have 2 poo's and there is 10 months between them. Thye are the best of friends and the older Poo Eric has helped train Pearl, his little sister. As we spent lots of time getting the basics right with Eric it was very easy for Pearl to follow his lead.

I decided to get a second poo so that they had each other and honestly Eric become more playful when Pearl arrived. They get more exercise playing with each other and I completely agree with Nadine there is absoltely no more work involved as they do everything together.

My only suprise was that i had forgotten how much hard work puppies can be in the first 2/3 months. It is tiring but it pays off and you soon forget and just love having them around.

Sara, Eric and Pearl.
 

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Hi All,

I think there is already soem really good advice and opinions. I have 2 poo's and there is 10 months between them. Thye are the best of friends and the older Poo Eric has helped train Pearl, his little sister. As we spent lots of time getting the basics right with Eric it was very easy for Pearl to follow his lead.

I decided to get a second poo so that they had each other and honestly Eric become more playful when Pearl arrived. They get more exercise playing with each other and I completely agree with Nadine there is absoltely no more work involved as they do everything together.

My only suprise was that i had forgotten how much hard work puppies can be in the first 2/3 months. It is tiring but it pays off and you soon forget and just love having them around.

Sara, Eric and Pearl.
 

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I would love to have another cockapoo :) Vincent gets on so well with dogs and plays really well. BUT I just don't have the money or the time for 2! Epecially as in the next few years we'll be thinking of starting a family, 2 Vincent dogs and a baby? I would explode!
 
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