When to add a new puppy?

Go Back   Dog Forum > Keeping and Caring for Dogs > Dog Training and Behavior > Puppy Help

When to add a new puppy?

This is a discussion on When to add a new puppy? within the Puppy Help forums, part of the Dog Training and Behavior category; Right now I have a 5mon old pup, and a 3yr. old cat. Our puppy loves to be around other dogs, he has a few ...

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-25-2011, 08:39 PM
  #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
When to add a new puppy?

Right now I have a 5mon old pup, and a 3yr. old cat. Our puppy loves to be around other dogs, he has a few that will play with him, but most are older & would rather not play with him. We very much ready for another dog, as we are both at home everday, we are both active & take our pup with us everywhere we can.

My concern is we still have some training to work on, he almost has all the basics down. I don't know if we should wait until he is older or done with training to bring in another dog. Also the question of another puppy or one over a year old. Thanks for any input!
lfjr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2011, 08:47 PM
  #2
Senior Member
 
Cali's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 7,832
Mentioned: 83 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
If you want another dog now, I would get an adult dog. Otherwise I would wait until your pup is at least a year and is where you want him to be in his training before adding a new puppy to the mix. Two puppies at the same time is bad juju.
Cali is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2011, 09:01 PM
  #3
Senior Member
 
pawzaddict's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 12,135
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Ditto Cali. I would find an adult dog who plays well with your pup
pawzaddict is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 05-26-2011, 12:45 AM
  #4
Senior Member
 
Darkpaladin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Greece, Athens
Posts: 255
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
I wouldn't suggest having 2 pups at the same time, I think they might become a big problem to your family. I got my 2nd pup when my first dog became 1yo and we had finished with her training.
Darkpaladin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2011, 12:41 PM
  #5
Senior Member
 
Tess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 13,331
Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
If you really want another puppy, I'd still try to hold out until the current dog is at least 9 months, if not, as recommended a year old.

With the 5 month old, you are just now STARTING the tough "teenage" months. Depending on the individual pup, this can last 3 months, or 6 months or a year!

Now it also sounds like you have the advantage of being home a lot, which is huge. It all depends in the end on how resilient you and your partner feel, in terms of handling chaos etc. The addition of another dog won't lesson your work in the sense of the dogs being able to play with each other and tire each other out (true and good... but!)

In fact it will more than double the amount of mayhem in the house. If you have a high tolerance for mayhem, and you have a strong ability to be patient and work with each dog individually on a regular basis, then you can more easily push it in terms of getting another dog sooner.

BUT if you are looking to make your life easier by getting a companion for the first pup, you should let go of that concept, as it won't be true!
Tess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2011, 07:12 PM
  #6
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 219
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
I wouldn't suggest getting another dog period until yours is trained. Otherwise you'll have two jumpers, two resource guarders, two beggars, etc. and it will be 4x harder to train them out of any bad behaviors and into manners.

I also don't suggest getting the same sex or a similar aged dog. Two puppies at a time is a bad idea, but even a year old or two would leave you having two senior dogs (likely passing) at the same time. Just some stuff to think about.
DJEtzel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2011, 08:33 PM
  #7
Senior Member
 
pawzaddict's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 12,135
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quote:
I also don't suggest getting the same sex
Can I ask why you advise this? I have 4 males and 2 females Same sex or different sex does not make a different behavior wise, at least if they are altered it doesn't
pawzaddict is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2011, 08:55 PM
  #8
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 219
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Since they would likely be so close in age, opposite sex dogs have more of a chance of getting along well with few squables. There wouldn't be two young females together fighting for rank or two young maturing males that may end up equally as dominant. It can work out fine, especially if they are introduced to the household some time apart or are spaced out in age more, but I like to advise stacking the cards in their favor of them getting along, at least.

-posted from my phone, sorry for any auto-correct mistakes or grammer issues. :/
DJEtzel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2011, 09:22 PM
  #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks everyone! We have decided to wait & see how things are next year, we want to add a female! We have a few trips planned this year & some other things to do, it will probably be more difficult having two dogs!
lfjr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:10 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.