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Old 07-20-2013, 01:02 PM
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New puppy for my puppy?

Hello again,

So my black lab Bear is 5 months old now and is doing awesome! He passed his puppy classes and is about to do his second round next weekend. No more puppy blues for me he has become my best companion!

He is the most social boy at the dog park and love most people (gets a little shy of some men but we are working on his cofodence and this is improving quickly).

He plays almost every day with my parents 3 dogs but when I get him home he almost sulks in the corner or in his back yard. Knowing labs and how social they are I really would like to get him a companion. What do you all think though? Is he too young? He will be 6 months when we get the new puppy.
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I got a 2nd dog b/c i wanted a 2nd dog. I did it around 15 mos. I am not sure I would get another just yet. Have you considered holding out til 1 year old? Having a puppy in the house could cause some regression if he is so young himself. Just a thought.
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Never get a dog for your dog, because your dog won't be the one training, paying vet bills, etc.

Beyond that, your dog is due to hit his terrible teens soon, so all this good behavior is just the calm before the storm. You at least want to wait for that to pass.
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Yeah, I would wait until your current pup is well trained!! I know some people who actually prefer to raise two puppies at once but it's a lot of work!! Double the house training, double the obedience training, socializing, double the vet costs, etc... all at one time!!
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It might be better to wait until after your dog has reached sexually maturity before getting another one, so maybe sometime around 9 months to a year and a half. Most dogs tend to back pedal on their training a bit once they hit 6 months and often need to be heavily reinforced, so bringing a new puppy in at that time might become stressful.
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I agree with what everyone else has said...
There are many reasons why people get dogs but in this case, I don't think it's a good one.
I understand the desire for another, & even though you feel like you are doing this for your pup, it may actually be detrimental to him. The change could easily send him backwards in his training. Also, the 2nd pup may have a hard time learning if he is exposed to any undesirable behaviour your Bear currently has.
Give it some time, there will be the right day eventually
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We got a 15 week old puppy in March when my older pup was 11 months old. I actually wish we waited. I LOVE both my dogs, but I think the older one regressed a bit. She and I were strongly bonded, but now my time and attention is split. I read somewhere that 2-3 years was a good age to add another, and I can see how that would be accurate. They would be confident in their position in the family and not feel threatened by then. I definitely feel like tesla feels threatened by Jackson. At first he was very submissive, but he's becoming less so with age and that's hard on her. It will work out in the end, I'm sure, but I do wish I'd waited.

There are things I didn't even realize about the first dog when I got the second. She's very alert to her environment, for example. When she tenses up passing another dog, the pup started grabbing and yanking her leash. She then escalated. Now she's more reactive than she ever had been, and he learns that from her. I'm now walking them separately, and working on undoing the reactivity with both, while working on all the puppy stuff with him. There was no way to predict that. She was a perfectly behaved dog before. Obviously every situation is different, but you can't always predict the dynamic. The older dog is still developing at this point too, and I find it exhausting to keep up with both of them!
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