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Old 01-02-2008, 09:13 AM
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Happy New Year, all!

We currently have our little Leo (about 14 pounds, 8 months old, Chihuahua x Shi-Tzu). We love him - he's a great dog, not messy, not noisy, potty trained very easily, all that good stuff.

Personally, I want to get him a playmate. Specifically, I was looking at this one: http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/...?petid=9954098

An adult dog (so not a puppy, which we all know are tons of work!). My wife thinks it would be tons more work for her. I don't quite understand, because aside from feeding Leo and washing his dishes and such, he's really not that much work. I guess he adds a bit of vacuuming, but that's about it. Oh, and of course cleaning the poop in the yard. So, I told her I'd come to the experts - is having 2 dogs a ton more work than just having one? Take it from her perspective, too - she's a stay-at-home mom to our two kids (ages 4 and 2) who are both, by the way, great with the dog (with careful supervision, of course).

Do I have a case here? Leo would love a playmate (he loves doggy daycare because he gets to play with other dogs), and I've really always thought beagles are sharp looking dogs.

All you Chazzers, help me out here! Or, tell me I'm off my rocker, if that's the case.

(Edited - OK, I just noticed that the particular dog I linked to was already adopted, but there are millions of others around, too, so my question still stands!)
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:23 AM
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Not really.

The only thing that doubles in time is training. Thats not even perfectly true, as depending on how reliable you want/need your dog to be, there can also be significant "group" training, although you probably wont see the results of spending the time for really separate training to avoid disruption.

Feeding/walking/ and even the vet can be largely doubled up on. It isn't much harder to shovel a cup of food into 2 bowls instead of 1. Even time spent playing wont double, since its likely they'll play with one another.

Granted, it assumes some things, you're dogs aren't DA to the point that they can walk together, and perhaps they share the same "interests." For example if I got the Greyhound I've been wanting, I would have to add a walk or two, since it wouldn't want to run 5 miles in the rain like my current, waterproof, dog.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:25 AM
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I went from having 1 dog all my life to now having 4 dogs and 2 cats. The dogs do play together and are great company. I don't think having 2 dogs is any more work than 1. The only thing, as you say, is more poop piles.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:40 AM
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Personally, I will always have at least 2 dogs. Some of the work is easier, as some of the work doubles. The obvious stuff that you have already mentioned! However, a second dog, especially a beagle (don't get me wrong, I love them and own one) can be tough little dogs because they are hounds! Beagles are absolutley adorable to look at, and a small breed so immediatley people think that they will be an easy dog to own, but there is a reason so many of them are in shelters and rescues. They can be a very stubborn dog to train, because that nose of theirs is such a distraction. They are very determinded, especially when they decide that they want something! They are generally great with children and other dogs, but have incredible stamina which needs to have an outlet (activity). They are a great little dog, but they are absolutley not for everyone.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:40 AM
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So, I told her I'd come to the experts - is having 2 dogs a ton more work than just having one?
In a word, yes.

You're right--the only basic things you need to take care of are feeding/taking them out/etc. However, its double the training, double the potential for behavioral problems, double the veterinary care. Most importantly, you will need to find time to give both dogs enough attention.

If you want to get a new dog as a playmate for you and your wife, then go for it. Just remember that if you get a dog for Leo, he isn't the one that is going to be taking care of the new addition.

(We just adopted our second dog in June. It's been a lot of work, but very rewarding.)
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:37 AM
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In a word, yes.

You're right--the only basic things you need to take care of are feeding/taking them out/etc. However, its double the training, double the potential for behavioral problems, double the veterinary care. Most importantly, you will need to find time to give both dogs enough attention.

If you want to get a new dog as a playmate for you and your wife, then go for it. Just remember that if you get a dog for Leo, he isn't the one that is going to be taking care of the new addition.

(We just adopted our second dog in June. It's been a lot of work, but very rewarding.)
I agree. It is more work. We got Banzai for a playmate for Buddy because I was going back to school. Banzai was the perfect dog for that.. but we had to double our training.. because both needed training.. both together and individually. Then, there is just special time.. when each dog gets one on one with us. Now, with three dogs.. absolutely... the more dogs you have the more love and time it takes. For crazy dog folks like us.. it's no big deal, though.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:43 AM
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I do think it's twice the work. not that it's a huge problem, but naturally double what you do now. little dogs may be less. I spend a great portion of my day on dogs...walking (I walk them separately), I brush both daily, play (altho they DO love to play with each other. having a buddy is awesome) double feeding...double vet bills. I guess it's the walks I notice more (especially in winter..lol) I'm outside alot to exercise them both individually. and potty walks. obviously it was easier when I only had one. but it's just a huge part of my life. now...if someone is working or busier than I am, then it might be more of a burden for them. oh..and yes....I clean-up all doggie 'piles' daily.........that certainly doubled. LOL
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:10 AM
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But feeding and vet bills are not "work" as long as you have the disposable income so you don't have to work more to afford it.

Brushing yes, I forgot since I am thoroughly enjoying NOT brushing my dog daily, since it isn't shedding season (he does not like it either!).

A beagle and a toy mix might require separate walks, to get the energy out of the hound, but overall, I'm not sure dogs care either way, we might be overplaying the "individual time" thing. Most of the dogs I've been around seem fine walking with its "pack" vs the individual human.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:11 AM
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with the walk thing. the only time ours are walked seperate is when i take walker to the "field" and thats because hes the only one that has a reliable recall. Other then that they are all walked together and actually hate to be walked seperatly.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:16 AM
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maybe we're overplaying the 'individual time' thing. or maybe not...depends on the dogs. I think they should have individual time, but that's just me. what I forgot to say before is this.......when someone thinks of anything as 'work' or 'extra work', then it isn't the right thing to do. you have to respect her feelings. like anything. we happen to love remodelling, but to other people it's intense 'work'. so we always say...don't do it. don't do anything that you see as work. it isn't worth the agony if that is how you feel about it.
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