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Well I talked myself out of a bully, possibly considering a goldendoodle now. Any of you guys out there with a second dog feel guilt when getting your second dog? Almost as if you’re letting down you’re current one ?
 

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you cannot actually tell unless you got one, it depends on the dog's attitude, either way you should watch them both
 

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A goldendoodle is a very large and heavy dog, like a bully. So you have the same issues to face with that dog as well. Ie: the new dog being much larger, a very boisterous and energetic breed, and can definitely do harm to the tiny yorkie if they are left alone together.
 

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Well I talked myself out of a bully, possibly considering a goldendoodle now. Any of you guys out there with a second dog feel guilt when getting your second dog? Almost as if you’re letting down you’re current one ?
Forget breeds for a moment.

Be honest and realistic.

What are you looking for in a dog? Think characteristics/personality, temperament, trainability. And yes, size.

What can you provide in terms of exercise, grooming, training, playing - what kind of house do you have? An apartment in a block? A semi detached house? A detached house in its own secure grounds?

How often would the dog be left alone?

Any deal breakers?

"Because I want one" isn't enough of a reason to get a certain breed. You have to be able to meet their needs and they have to be a good fit to your current (and future - as much as they can be predicted) circumstances.
 

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Have a spacious home. Athletic, go on mile runs morning and at night . I was thinking about taking the new dog with me .
Dog would be left for about 6 hours alone
 

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Dog would be left for about 6 hours alone
That's a long time, and you couldn't leave a puppy that long - do you have plans in place to have a sitter or walker?

go on mile runs morning and at night . I was thinking about taking the new dog
Again, that's not something you could do with a puppy, you would need to wait until he had reached skeletal maturity, and obviously build up gradually.
 

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Have a spacious home. Athletic, go on mile runs morning and at night . I was thinking about taking the new dog with me .
Dog would be left for about 6 hours alone
And what about the traits I asked about above? What are you looking for in a dog? What can you commit to in terms of training, grooming, playing? How big is the yard?

6 hours alone. What if the dog has separation anxiety and howls the place down, voids its bowels or bladder, destroys doors, chews carpets? Thinks your cushions etc are stuffed toys?
 
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6 hours is a pretty long time, yet again we can’t live life living in fear. There will always be a what if! Unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world where We could be with our dogs every second of the day.
Of course I’d wait till the puppy grows and hits maturity till I take him on runs.
 

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6 hours is a pretty long time, yet again we can’t live life living in fear. There will always be a what if! Unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world where We could be with our dogs every second of the day.
Of course I’d wait till the puppy grows and hits maturity till I take him on runs.
Yes, it is not a perfect world, for sure.
The thing is, with a new dog and especially if it is a puppy, you simply cannot leave the dog for 6 hours at a time. It's completely unfair to the dog, and in the case of a puppy could even be viewed as neglect because puppies cannot hold their elimination for 6 hours.

Someone needs to attend to the puppy every 2 hours at the very least. And it's a good idea to get that in place before the puppy arrives or you even decide about a breed. Neighbor, professional, friend, family member, anyone you can bribe or pay to come by and let the dog out and play for a while. Even an adult dog, if brand new to the situation, should not be left for that long. If you leave a puppy alone for that long, you may very well end up with a dog who has many problems due to being neglected and alone for too long at a young age.

These are things you need to consider. I am not with my dogs every second and that's not necessary at all once a dog is grown and had been with you a while. For a puppy it's different.

I was working full time when I fostered an 8 or 10 week old puppy on more than one occasion. Each time I took the puppy to work with me so she or he was never alone and could go outside to pee and poop regularly. n Lot of work but if I had not been willing to do that I would have had no business fostering a puppy.
 
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