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post #1 of 5 Old Dec 2nd, 2006, 9:39 am Thread Starter
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Question 2nd Dog

I'm thinking about getting another dog.
Do any of you have experience adding a dog to the home of a very spoiled dog?
Zugi has the run of the place now and I'm not sure how she would react to competition. She loves to play with other dogs but sharing me and her house might be too much.
I'm thinking about an older male dog because I think 2 females might be a problem and I don't want to train a puppy.
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post #2 of 5 Old Dec 2nd, 2006, 9:49 am
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This could take lots of words.

I am a retired L.E.O. K-9 handler and currently a Professional Pet Sitter (I get to drive my LT all day for work ) and compete in Agility with six indoor dogs in our household, so I think I have enough experience to help you out here and you can always PM me for advice later.

Two female can be a problem especially if one or both are Terrier breeds. Bringing in an older male may take some time to get beyond the "Marking of territory" but depends on the dog. If you find another dog you are interested in the best advise is to have the two dogs meet in a neutral territory, like a park or some place neither of them have been to and give them some time together. See how they respond to each other. If it works out good you shouldn't have any problems at your home. When you bring in the new dog don't show it too much attention at first because that will send negative signals to your current dog and cause problems. I know it is hard to resist the temptation to make the new dog feel at home, but it will be easier for everyone, especially the new dog, if you pay more attention to the current one for awhile.

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We Just got ride of a litter of 8 Lab puppies. The other dogs are ok with them because they are puppies. They think they're training them..lol..and in a way, they are..

I think it would be better for you and the pooch to bring in a puppy..adult dogs are so territorial..

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I would not put two older females together. Been there, tried that. There is a reason they're called Bitches. I'd say you would be better off with a male or younger female.

For me, I'll take a puppy over an older adult any day. Crate train it, give it plenty of Nylabones and Kong toys to chew on (if that is your Harlequin, you know what these are ), and it's not that big of a deal. Our newest pack member was a 6 month old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Our Dane, 5 at the time, took to her immediately and the two of them still play constantly. Our male Corgi no longer plays with the Dane, but spends hours running around with the little female.

You may already know this but, there is no equality in a dogs mind. You're either higher on the ladder, or lower, but nobody's standing on the same rung. They will work it out and many times size and sex has little to do with it. As Jerry has said, don't try to make the new dog feel at home at the expense of your current pet. You will send a message of expected status in the pack and this could cause problems.

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I HIGHLY recommend the following websites as resources to find a new pet.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated 3 to 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters in the US every year.

Around 200,000 Labs are brought into New England each year from the Southern U.S. and found homes, but there are many tens of thousands more that still need homes.

Even if you are not looking for a new pet, please be sure to take a look at these websites and refer many friends. Why buy a dog and support puppy mills when you can save a life? I found my dog, Simba on Labs4rescue and this is no exaggeration, he is the best behaved, and loving dog I've ever had (we're not talking about him getting into the refrigerator, that's a different story ). It's a great feeling everyday knowing what a difference I am able to make in his life and him to mine.



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