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Old 10-20-2005, 12:04 AM
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Default Ok, really, really need some advice here!

We have been considering getting another puppy for ages. Today we found out that the breeder we bought Ruby from has a male black puppy that she rang to tell us about, and we would love to get him.

The reason we want another dog is so that Ruby can have a friend. She is a lonely puppy during the day, as we are both at work. Other than that she has a lot of our time and attention, but she is alone for HOURS during the day.

My questions are these:

Are two dogs better than one?
Will it really, exponentially increase the costs and effort involved. We do not want to have two pups that we can't look after.
Will it help Ruby and make her happier (you should see her when she sees another dog - it tugs at the heartstrings how desperate she is to play)
We have two cats who aren't even used to Ruby yet - how much more strain will a new puppy create?

Basically, our landlords have said it's fine, we know we can handle it although it will be a lot more work (but that's fine) - but we really feel it's the best thing for Ruby.

Any advice would be very much appreciated - we have to decide today.
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Old 10-20-2005, 12:09 AM
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Sorry . fill me in again. How old is Ruby ?? Did this breeder have another litter ?? Same female or does she just breed ...
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Old 10-20-2005, 12:14 AM
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Ruby is six months old.

The breeder had another litter - this is the same breed, male labradoodle puppy...
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Old 10-20-2005, 12:17 AM
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Do you have a room where you block off with a baby gate? If so, I'd put both pups in that room with their toys, water, food and whatever else while your away at work. I'd be afraid that 2 pups would tear up my house while at work. Can you take the new pup for like a "trial period" for a few days? That way you can see if they'll get along with each other and the cat.
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Old 10-20-2005, 12:20 AM
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No, we can't. We have to take him or not.

But yes, we do have a baby gate. Ruby is quite a lot bigger than this pup at the moment so we wouldn't leave them together unsupervised anyway, to start with.

I'm just concerned about two pups, that's all! I mean, I just want to know if you guys think it'll make Ruby happier, and if this pup will be happy with another dog.

I know it's hard to say when you don't know either of them...
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can you take Ruby to meet this puppy, or have the puppy come and meet Ruby at your house? I don't find two dogs too hard, except when they are fighting for my attention. I wouldn't leave them unsupervised alone right now either too many problems could happen. I think it would make Ruby happy to begin with and then she'd sort of get over having another doggy friend as the newness wears off. Still he'd probably help wear her out for you guys.
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Old 10-20-2005, 01:05 AM
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can you take Ruby to meet this puppy, or have the puppy come and meet Ruby at your house? I don't find two dogs too hard, except when they are fighting for my attention. I wouldn't leave them unsupervised alone right now either too many problems could happen. I think it would make Ruby happy to begin with and then she'd sort of get over having another doggy friend as the newness wears off. Still he'd probably help wear her out for you guys.
HAHAHA anything that did that would be a bonus!!!

I am scared stiff, actually, of getting another puppy. The responsibility, the cost, the extra work and so on. However, I also have this gut feeling that Ruby would just be delighted and so much happier, and that is what is the most important to both of us.

When I had my two GSDs they were inseperable - best mates they adored each other. I know what kind of things NOT to do with this pup if we get him - ie, train separately, establish dominance, that sort of thing. Ruby has also taught us a lot about puppies as well, as she was pretty tough to handle! So I feel that we are more experienced and will be able to avoid a lot of the issues we had with Ruby because we now know what to do.

I guess it's just the fear of another little mouth to feed. But I think it will be worth it in the long run.
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Old 10-20-2005, 03:11 AM
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Who are the breeders? We have two dogs. Spencer(older) takes good care of Maddy(nearly 5 months). He protects her at the dog park if other dogs annoy her, when we leave if she doesn't follow straight away, he'll runand herd her in. lol. Anyway, If you just seperate them while your working for the time being. Just so nothing happens. But I think It's a okay idea.

Any pics of this young boy? How old is he?
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Old 10-20-2005, 07:06 AM
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two puppies in the house together all day could be disasterous!
a large kennel outside with a dog house would be your best bet, puppies need fresh air and sunshine!
This would keep you and the pups happiest.
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Old 10-20-2005, 07:09 AM
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Yes, they'll be outside pups. Ruby already is - and Chester (the new pup who we couldn't help ourselves and bought a few hours ago) will be once he's big enough and his quarantine is over.

Here's a pic - WHAT a sweet little boy...

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