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I've just got my 1st puppy 2 weeks ago. She's a Yorkshire Terrier and is 12 weeks old. I only work 2 days a week so I'm at home with her most of the time. Next week when her vaccines kick in I'm going to put her in doggy daycare one of the days I'm working. My 9 and 7 year old children love her and again cant wait to start bringing her off with us. We live near lots of lovely Irish beaches and countryside. The problem is I feel so guilty every time I have to leave her and am constantly thinking about a 2nd dog even though I've only had her for a short time. My husband never wanted 1 dog but he has fallen in love with our puppy but is adamant 1 is enough. My mam has 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and I have introduced my dog to them and she loves them however they are nearly 11 years old and can barely wag a tail not to mention play with my puppy so really they are no good to her. to be honest she is such a good dog I don't really want a 2nd it's just for her I'm thinking does she need it. Any advice would be great! Thanks
 

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As long as she gets chances to play with other dogs, she's just fine. Especially seeing as you don't work much. Dogs need to learn how to be content alone and entertain themselves. Obviously you don't want to push that too far, but I wouldn't worry about her. Often, getting a 2nd dog doesn't go as planned, and is not at all what people envision.
 

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I've just got my 1st puppy 2 weeks ago. She's a Yorkshire Terrier and is 12 weeks old. I only work 2 days a week so I'm at home with her most of the time. Next week when her vaccines kick in I'm going to put her in doggy daycare one of the days I'm working. My 9 and 7 year old children love her and again cant wait to start bringing her off with us. We live near lots of lovely Irish beaches and countryside. The problem is I feel so guilty every time I have to leave her and am constantly thinking about a 2nd dog even though I've only had her for a short time. My husband never wanted 1 dog but he has fallen in love with our puppy but is adamant 1 is enough. My mam has 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and I have introduced my dog to them and she loves them however they are nearly 11 years old and can barely wag a tail not to mention play with my puppy so really they are no good to her. to be honest she is such a good dog I don't really want a 2nd it's just for her I'm thinking does she need it. Any advice would be great! Thanks
The content of your post answered the question for you (which you probably determined by the time you finished writing it). Your situation is perfect for one dog, and may be made worse with two.
 

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to be honest she is such a good dog I don't really want a 2nd it's just for her I'm thinking does she need it. Any advice would be great! Thanks
A big no from me! It's never a good idea to get a second dog for your other dog. The only reason you should get a second dog is for yourself. :)

Read up on littermate syndrome. This can (and frequently does) happen with unrelated dogs and they don't even need to be the same age either.

Most people recommend the first dog to be at least 18 months, preferably over 2 years old, before bringing in another dog.

This is because you will have a lot of the training underway, she will have learned the basics and she will have a good, strong bond with you guys, among other things. :)

You also don't want your dogs to bond with each other more than with you guys. Of course it's awesome for dogs to be friends and play but it's best if their strongest bond is to you, her humans. :)

I got a second dog earlier than I had planned and I was fully aware and prepared for the hard work that I had coming. I would not do it again.

It's more than twice the work! :eek:
 

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I have had two dogs most of my life. This time round I have one dog and what bliss. I understand your feeling about getting a buddy, but there is other ways to do that. If you have time, obedience or some kind of activity or sport will give your dog the most fantastic experience as well as meet dogs that will usually not eat her. With your dog doing stuff like that, not only will your children just adore doing it with her too, but it will give your dog all she needs stimulation wise. Training and/or activities are going to be cheaper and take less time than another puppy also. A lot of people...myself once included think it is not any different with two dogs but in my honest opinion, it is harder and in some circumstances can ruin the enjoyment of having a dog. Not always as many here have many dogs and are very happy but I am just LOVING one dog right now.
 

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Thanks a million for your replies everyone. It definitely has made me feel better going on the responses I've got. I really love having Pixie and she's so good it makes it so easy having her in the house. I'll feel better when next week I can start bringing her to doggy day care where she can mix with other dogs and can start being brought out for walks. I can't wait to introduce her to all the countryside walks and beach walks near us. She's also starting puppy obedience classes Saturday week and my 9 year daughter can't wait to bring her.
 

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Thanks a million for your replies everyone. It definitely has made me feel better going on the responses I've got. I really love having Pixie and she's so good it makes it so easy having her in the house. I'll feel better when next week I can start bringing her to doggy day care where she can mix with other dogs and can start being brought out for walks. I can't wait to introduce her to all the countryside walks and beach walks near us. She's also starting puppy obedience classes Saturday week and my 9 year daughter can't wait to bring her.
Aww, Pixie is just too cute .. I love the name .. Having just one dog is perfectly ok . It sounds like Pixie has the perfect home ..
 

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Once you can start bringing Pixie out into the neighborhood for walks, you'll start meeting other dog owners. My dog has two little friends down the street and nearly every week, their owner and I have a garden party with the dogs. The dogs run around together and chew on bones while she and I enjoy a glass of wine. :)
 

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That's sort of like asking if only having one child is ok. Sure I'm sure that kid would like a sibling, but they can grow up just fine as an only child. My family, aside from my grandma, has only ever had on dog at a time simply because it never worked with our schedules. I've thought about adding a brother for Tessa, but right now we're completely happy with our one on one dog/owner times.
 

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Ezra is an attention whore who loves all the lovin' on him and him alone. He much prefers to be the only dog. He likes other dogs and plays with them often, but he wants the attention on him at home. I'm sure your dog will be just fine being a single dog.
 

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Thanks everyone. It's probably just a guilt I carry for her. She is a very happy dog and we are in that difficult period of where we are at the last few days counting down for when she is allowed out after her final vaccine. So next week when she's cleared to go out and I start bringing her once/twice a week to doggy daycare and get out and about walking I'll probably feel better. I just feel a bit anxious worrying about the odd days myself and my family have to go off and do stuff and think if she had another dog I wouldn't feel so worrisome but they are very few and far between and I can leave her with my parents then or overnight with the puppy daycare who offer overnight stays. Thanks again for posting, it helps!
 

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I have a yorkie too :) We petsitted an older silky terrier recently and honestly it wasn´t great. They started immitading each others bad habbits...

Also if you want to add another dog in the future It´s generally better to do so once the first dog is matured and generally well trained.

As a fellow yorkie and toy dog enthusiast I can not emphazise enough the importance of socialisation with other dogs small and BIG. If you know anyone who has a calm large dog who is vaccinated see whether you can get a playdate or ask at the daycare whether they know any large dogs there who can be trusted with a little puppy. Make these positive experiences

This will help in the future if you want to add a dog but it is also a lot safer for your yorkie. The silky that we were petsitting was so undersocialised that he tried to start a fight with two labradors, a rottweiler and a husky...

undersocialised dogs don´t understand doggy language (body language) and can be accidentally rude, or like snulli be so scared and overwhelmed that he actually starts the fights.

Imagine a child that is kept in the family home and only introduced to immediate family members from birth to adolescence would that child be prepared to go out into the world?

Also another benefit to toy dogs, before she is fully vaccinated you can take her outside carrying her. Take her around the nearby area, get introduced to new sounds and give her treats so she associates these with positive things.

Honestly everything else, general obedience even potty training can be taught at ANY age but when a dog isn´t socialised as a puppy there is very little that can be done in adulthood to reverse that.
 

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Thanks so much spotsonofbun. That's really helpful information. I have been bringing her out with me and she loves it. She is really friendly and dying to get down out of my arms to meet everyone and especially when she sees other dogs, she is squirming out of my arms to get over and play. I have introduced her to my mothers cavalier king Charles spaniels but they are 10 years old so can't play with her but she's very playful around them, they are just too old to play back. She shows no aggression whatsoever, just playful and really full of fun. I'm starting her one day a week next week in doggy day care and I'd say she will love it. I'm also booked in next Saturday to start puppy obedience classes. She is such a clever dog. I've had king Charles spaniels and Pomeranians in the past when I was younger and honestly my Yorkshire terrier, Pixie would run rings around these dogs. I only have her 17 days so far and already she's 99% toilet trained, going to the backdoor herself to let me know when she has to go and she learned sit in 2 days (after about only 3 10 mins practices) So I'm really excited to see how she gets on in puppy training. She loves being in the car going out and loves being out, noises, people and other dogs don't bother her at all in fact she seems to want to meet everyone and go everywhere. The only thing she hates is when I hoover (vacuum), when that goes on she goes out the back and sits on my decking until I'm finished and then she comes back in. Thanks a million for your tips as this is my first Yorkshire terrier and I love hearing from other Yorkie owners :thumbsup:
 

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we´re going to an agility taster class tonight. Yorkies are such fun little dogs, Askur is also so clever although potty training took longer.

The breed has such an interesting history, originally ratters in working class homes in north england it is said that they slept in the cribs with babies to protect them from mice and rats during the night.

They were also one of the first breeds to be shown in the early days of dog shows.

They are amazing dogs when they are bred and raised well, a perfect combination of intelligence, mischievousness and affection.
 

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