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Just looking for advice. I have a 14 week old Yorkshire terrier puppy (female) I only work 2 days a week and 1 of these days she's in puppy daycare and the other day she gets a 2 hour visit from my dad so she's only on her own for a little bit. She sleeps in the kitchen on her own and although she doesn't seem to be overjoyed when its bedtime she doesn't make a whine or cry. However she is so friendly and wants to meet and play with everyone we meet, people and dogs alike. I'm just wondering should I get a 2nd Yorkshire terrier for her to have a playmate. I am a huge dog lover so 2 dogs would be okay for me although my husband loves our dog now he's not too keen on getting a 2nd one. I also have a 7 and 9 year old who love her and are very good with her. Any advice on what I should do would be great as I'm very conflicted. Maybe it's just guilt and this will pass but I just think would it be nice for her to have another companion in the household for when we are not there. As I said she goes to doggy day care once a week, she's walked every day although most people don't stop with their dogs to say hello, she also go to puppy socialisation classes every Saturday and twice a week she will have visits to my parents house who have 3 cavaliers although these dogs are 11 and 9 years old and are too old to play with her. Thanks for any thought!
 

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i think when the first dog is "finished" with basic training and fully adult then is a good time for a second dog...like when the dog is between 3 and 6 or 7...I would not want to have two puppies together and combining a puppy with an elderly dog could be too much stress for the older one...an elderly dog, depending on the personality, could be combined with another adult and more mellow dog though. :)
 

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Our Aussie was 11 months when we got our BC pup. Truthfully, we definitely could have waited until he was 2, and it would have been a much easier transition. Luckily, Levi is quite well trained, and doesn't really have bad habits (except for walking nicely on a leash, but we're working on it) so the puppy picks up on all his good habits. There are a couple of behaviours we didn't teach her, she just kind of picked up from him (such as waiting at the door and waiting for the release word for her food).

You should get a second dog for YOU and not your dog. There is always a chance your dog won't like the new one, or won't like it as much as you want.
 
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I agree with @mathilda. I would get a second dog when the first dog is pretty solid with her commands. She would also be a better influence on the younger dog because she would know the commands your asking the pup will most likely follow what she does. Plus it isnt the easiest trying to train 2 pups at the same time. I got my second dog when my first was 4. Now they are 4 years old and the oldest with be 8 this month! And just because your first pup doesn't have many bad habits. Adding a second could make the first become a little less obedient. So long story short i would wait until your first pup is at least 3 years.

I hope this helps.
 

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I would get a second dog as soon as YOU want one. It's like spacing children. The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft a-gley. Sometime it works sometime it doesn't. Have'um, or get'um when you want'um. Life will do the rest:)
 

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Thanks for your feedback. I supposed it's just looking at how happy she is around other dogs and feeling guilty she doesn't have that all the time but I know she's a very happy dog, with a lovely home and lots of attention. It's so enjoyable to watch her with another small dog that I just think wouldn't that be nice all the time. Also I know she's on her own for a very short period during the week but again, for me, I would prefer to be leaving 2 rather than 1. She is very small and although she's a real puppy and full of energy, she is a very good and clever dog. But from reading online it does seem 2 puppies can bring a lot of work so maybe I should wait for her to pass the 'puppy phase' and see how I feel then. Thanks again!
 

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I would say, at a bare minimum, most people should wait until the puppy is at least 6 months or so and is housetrained/has the bare basics of obedience and manners training under their belt. Having two baby puppies at the same time is WELL more than twice the work when done correctly, and unless very well orchestrated can be detrimental to one or both puppies.

That said, I would prefer the dog be at least a year or even two before getting a second puppy. It really allows you to focus on your original dog and their training before starting all over again with a new one. If I do get another dog I plan on waiting until my dog is two, both for personal reasons and to have more time to spend solidifying and advancing his training.

On the upper limit? I think it's best to get the new dog before the original dog is in his elder years. Otherwise it's up to you. I personally like having dogs within a few years of each other. Their energy levels tend to mesh well, assuming the dogs are compatible. FWIW, I do not leave my dogs unattended together to amuse each other. Too risky for me. Do remember that if you get two dogs close in age that they will likely be getting old at the same time. This likely means increased vet bills for both at some point in the future, and the heartache of losing both. That can be daunting for some, and perhaps a reason to have more separation between the two age-wise.
 

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Thanks duckdodgers. I hadn't thought about the old age thing. Also I wonder is it hard for the dog to go through the loss of it's dog pal. I think generally people are advising to not introduce another dog until my dog is over 1 1/2 - 2 years of age so I think I will just relax with my feelings of guilt and keep doing what I'm doing with my puppy at the moment. She is loving puppy socialisation classes and our weather here is still nice so we are out and about loads. Perhaps when the time comes to when she is 1 - 2 years of age I will be more decisive as to whether a 2nd dog is for us or not. Many thanks
 
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