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Old 07-14-2011, 03:25 PM
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Default How old is too old to add another dog?

How old do you think is just too old to add another dog? If you think so at all.

Sometimes I hear of people having a 10-15 year old dog and then adding a puppy and the older dog never really enjoys or likes the puppy.

Sometimes I think it's not fair for an older dog, who has lived so long as an only dog, to suddenly have their life disrupted by a puppy. But maybe some older dogs would really enjoy it and appreciate it so I know it just depends on the dog.

Jackson will be 3 this October, which I realize is still young, but I kind of feel like I need like a 'deadline' on when to add a second dog. I don't want Jackson to reach a point where he would no longer want a companion. Maybe that's stupid. I know that I will have another in the future at some point. There is no way I could last Jackson's whole lifetime with just him. Not that he's not good enough, he's my perfect dog, really, I'm just such a dog person and I can't imagine living with only one for 15+ years. But his happiness and well-being is also very important to me.

So how old was your oldest dog when you added a second? How long did it take for them to like or play with new dog, if they ever did at all? Do you feel it's better to get dogs closer in age?

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Old 07-14-2011, 03:45 PM
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I really really wonder this too, and since I adopted Maddy its made me realise she was a really bad choice. I mean, I love her to bits, she is my absolute heart dog, but I should not have brought a 2 year old home to live with a 9 year old (Todd). They have never bonded and he has stopped doing so many things he loved doing, like running and playing, because she is just too much for him. I mean, don't get me wrong, they don't hate each other, but they definitely don't love each other. They just tend to ignore each other for the most part, and that's not what I wanted.

In future, when I come to get a companion for Maddy, I will get a dog the same age as her. Means I can never have a puppy, but that's OK, I don't really like them anyway

I keep looking at dogs born in 2007 (same year as Maddy), and there's so many I want!

But basically, no, I don't think its fair to have such a large gap between dogs. I will always have dogs the same age or maybe one year above or below.
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:12 PM
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Arnold (7) gets better about accepting dogs as he ages. Shamoo (13) has never cared if introduced properly. Sloan (1.5) seems oblivious. Backup (1.5) gets worse with maturity (like many intact males).

As a rule there is no rule, just know your dogs tolerance.
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:34 PM
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I heard a LOT of stories growing up that "the puppy gave my old dog new life, so much energy, etc. etc.". We added TWO puppies to my 15 year old American Eskimo's life, and while he wasn't made miserable by it, he definitely didn't LIKE it. Looking back, I wish we waited, he passed away 6 months later.

That said, my boss had an elderly shih tzu in a similar condition (deaf, losing eyesight, a bit senile) to my eskie, and when added a puppy April (the older dog) did get a lot more energy, enjoyed sleeping with the puppy, etc...and lived for another year happily.

I think it entirely depends on the individual dog and situation.
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:03 PM
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Casey is about six years old I believe, Once we added Emme he became alot more outgoing and playful.

I have never really had any issues with adding a puppy with having an older dog.

Badger the Bouve I PTS last summer was not overly fond on Teagan wanting to love up on him, but he would have defended her to the death. He was the Play police when it came to Teagan and playing with other dogs. He did not like that at all. Other dogs were not allows to play rough with Teagan. Yet he acted like he did not want anything to do with her most of the time.

I know that I will be adding a puppy to the lot in a year give or take some and I really have no issues. I think Teagan will go through the initual jelousey's but then get over it.

She does oh so much like correcting puppies bad behavour
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:26 PM
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I think it largely depends on the dog. Winston was nearly 10 when we brought Dance and Keira into his life, but he wasn't old and frail. He still had lots of puppy in him, and once the girls got their adult teeth, he loved them (he just didn't like them in that piranha puppy stage).
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:49 PM
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Hmmm, I'm interested in some responses here. Harleigh might be close to 5 y/o by the time I'm able to add a puppy - yikes, seems so weird saying she'll be 5!
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:54 PM
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Bamm was nearing 5 years old when we brought Cricket home as a puppy. He does get annoyed of her sometimes because she's a super ball of energy, but he adores her at the same time and really... Bamm seems happier and more lively with Cricket around. I'd like to have a dog closer to Cricket in age... maybe a year or two younger at the most so I'm really trying to shoot for getting my Ibizan hopefully in about a year. Even though Bamm has more life in him with Cricket here, I've noticed he does tire out easier these days and as he's aging he is slowing down a little bit. I think having another dog closer to Cricket in age will be good for her so she has another dog around that can keep up with her all the time.
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:04 PM
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I agree with the people saying it depends on the dog. For example, my aunt's 8 y/o shih tzu adapted great when they added Buffy. However, at 10 years old, Moses still hasn't really accepted Cali... but hopefully it'll change when she calms down and stops biting his heels. There have been times when I've seen them sleeping almost side by side, but that might've just been because Cali snuck over and laid down beside him haha.
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:07 PM
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When I got Maeve my cocker Patton was 3 so there was not much of an age difference. Given how Patton usually was not fond of other dogs I was surprised by how much he loved the baby collie

Now Maeve is 12 and we got Watson, who was 4 months old when we brought him home. His energy is a little much for her, but I would not say that she dislikes him. He does sometimes annoy her and wear her out. If he is too rough I run interference

They do hang out together...
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