View Full Version : Should I get another puppy?

01-03-2007, 23:15
Now for those of you who know me you will know that I have alot of animals, but they are our family and we love them to bits.

We have our puppy Bailey who is nine months old today.

We have our gorgeous cats, George, Ollie, SydneyDaffodil, MarvinMarmite, kaloulie, Wilbur, Fudgey and the rather super Charlie.

We have beautiful Rosy Rabbit and her two little guineapig friends Buttcheeks and Jennie.

We have Helena (our bathroom hamster), Elvis (our kitchen hamster) and Alfie and Stuart our bedroom bookcase hamsters.

Now our menagerie is almost complete but I have felt for a long while that Bailey our pup, would really benefit from a little baby brother; and to be honest how much difference can it make?

So my friends the question is this -

Should we get another puppy?

01-03-2007, 23:19
i replied no!

The reason is i have 2 dogs and its quite hard going, now i only have 2 piggies, a rabbit andd 1 cat and i find it tough.

i dont think your daft if you do ( your words on poll)


01-03-2007, 23:24
I only put - "Are you daft" as it seems to be the key phrase of my kids at school to anything anyone says to them lol

Bailey is not helping the situation as he is barking like crazy, wanting us to throw a ball for him.

Baring in mind I have to convince Richard, my pet hubby too.

01-03-2007, 23:33
I have 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 bunnies and 2 horses as well as a 22month son and I run my own business and am always shattered.

However the list of animals would be bigger if it wasnt for my sensible hubby. :suspect:

If finance isnt a problem, then I can only see two possible problems, one being is Bailey fully housetrained as he could be set back with another pup?

How was Bailey with the cats, it can take pups a while to respect a cat, when a cat means business. Dogs can take on a pack mentality when one gives chase then the other will usually follow suit and I would hate to think of your cats being terrorised. Another dog could upset Baileys relationship with the cats?

You have probably thought about all this, but just in case you needed a few ideas.

01-03-2007, 23:35
Is Bailey a dog or a bitch?

I have 2 dogs and I was just telling a friend how much hard work they are!! I can't go out without them barking like mad and chewing anything they can get their teeth on!! I think they encourage each other!! They fight over toys, over who lays where etc they are a nightmare :cry:

So I would say..Are you daft? ;) DON'T DO IT!!! :hihi: ;)

01-03-2007, 23:38
:( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

Bailey is very well trained by the cats and he is very well house trained too.

01-03-2007, 23:42

:D But lovely.

K x

01-03-2007, 23:46
Is that one of those polls where you can see who said what? :shocked:

I've voted no ;)

I know you love Bailey to bits but he's one dog who is going to take careful management if you have another dog :?

01-03-2007, 23:47
What do you mean by that Strixy?

01-03-2007, 23:47
Not trying to put you off OC but I had a very nasty experience with a pup with my three dogs. The dogs have lived with the cat since day one but when a pup came and decided it was fun to play with the cat one of my adult dogs joined in the chase and although she was not physically attacked with teeth she was hospitalised for shock and nearly died. :o

I have never felt so guilty in my life and now I never leave my cat and dogs in the came room whilst I am out and have not had any problems with my adult dogs and cat since (the incident was 9 years ago).

The dogs all respect the cat, but I would not want to upset the balance again given a choice.

01-03-2007, 23:49
What do you mean by that Strixy?See you on messenger ;)

01-03-2007, 23:49
Is that one of those polls where you can see who said what? :shocked:

Aww bless, shes on her own :hihi:

02-03-2007, 00:00
You missed a whole tank of fish off your family stock take Olliekitten!

(still, since fish don't take much walking, I can't see them increasing my workload much).

02-03-2007, 00:02
ok Ive had a chat with Strix and Im not so sure my answer is yes anymore either :(

02-03-2007, 00:03
Aww bless, shes on her own :hihi:
Click the number to see ;)

If you really want to get another dog Ollie, how about an older dog who is already trained, and will be company for Bailey, but won't have the pair of them throwing themselves round?

you could see if there's a breed rescue for them by clicking the link in my signature :)

02-03-2007, 00:06
Great minds Strix :hihi:

02-03-2007, 00:16
Well I knew there was no way you'd be going for the 'no' option ;)

Have you checked this out with your dog walker btw? :P

02-03-2007, 09:11
As you know we have 2 Shih Tzu's. Jynx is 2 1/2 and Alfie is 9 months.

We had never had 2 dogs together before and it has been great.

Jynx was quite timid of other dogs even though we socialised her from the beginning - it is just her nature.

Alfie is like a bull in a china shop.

They have been great together. The first couple of days Jynx was very wary of Alfie now they sleep together and play all the time. It has really brought Jynx out of herself.

It sounds like you have a very lively puppy so it might be worth waiting until he calms down a little before adding a young puppy to the house. Jynx was very gentle and careful with Alfie, I don't think it would have been this easy if we had got Alfie first.

02-03-2007, 09:46
IMO 2 dogs are no more work than 1 & they keep each other company, however 3 is another matter :rolleyes:

02-03-2007, 14:54
I would always go for an older dog, only thing you may need to watch out for though is if bailey wants to play and the older dog is past playing or doesn't like it. That can cause arguments at first but hopefully the older dog will be able to assert himself a few times and bailey will get the message. We have that wilth our older lad and my mums younger dog but things are great now that Albert has laid down the rules. I would love two dogs but things like going on holiday become much harder if you don't have pots of money.
Stay positive Bailey is happy and that's all that matters

02-03-2007, 14:56
Daft... but loveable - what puppy could resist such a menagerie of fun.

02-03-2007, 16:38
Haven't read all replies but the things to consider are:

Bailey is still not at an age where he'll have gone through a sticky teenage phase and most people won't get another pup until the first is at least 18 months old.

I got an old dog when T was 12 months and still find it hard sometimes!

Things you never thought of can cause problems. Eddy's nervous of other dogs and I've had to start taking them out separately which I never really banked on so that they can get their individual needs met.

A lot of holiday places will take one, but not two dogs.
Kennels - twice as expensive
Vets fees
Food bills
They play and they egg each other on. When you take one out on their own they're great but take them out together and they are naughty!

There are lots of disadvantages but also lots of advantages to them having a playmate.

I personally don't think it's a good time with Bailey only being 9 months old, he will need your attention to himself for a while yet (and you may lost some of his attention if you have another pup) but I don't know you well either.

On another note - an untrained puppy coming into the house can set a trained dog back in their training.

02-03-2007, 16:45
I think this is a situation where you have to let your head rule over your heart. I would have said yes, but you do have to weigh up all the pros and cons, and I think there may be more cons, plus Bailey rules the roost, you can't bring in competition:)

I am thinking of getting a dog, and I keep running all the + and - points through my head, although there seem to be alot more plus points:D We are talking just the one dog here though, maybe a lovely yellow labrador:love: :love: :love: Oh no here I go again!

02-03-2007, 22:51
Squeaky, You know very well that Bailey does not rule the roost. That job is most certainly left to the cats. x x x x

Ollie sends big cuddles and what do you think to Charlie and Fudge? Isn't Charlie fantastic x x x xx

03-03-2007, 11:21
Yes I guess the cats do have the upper hand, but Bailey bumble is chief pup!

:wave: :wave: :wave: Hello Ollie, my fav boy.

Charlie & Fudge are lovely. To be honest I haven't seen very much of Fudge, but Charlie is always around. I think I offended him last week ,as I couldn't remember his name, and had to ask medusa. Sorry Charlie, extra cuddles for you, next time I see you:) :)

03-03-2007, 15:49
I cant vote as not a choice that suits my thoughts there. What sort of dog is baily?. some breeds are better suited to other canine company than others. depending on the breed and individual dogs characteristics, it can go one of two ways. you could either end up with 2 dogs who are best friends, or double the trouble. I can advise on pack management and canine heirarchy, not as any self-proclaimed expert, but as someone who owns a pack of 9 mostly house-dwelling dogs, all of the same breed and both entire sexes,of assorted ages, who knock along very nicely together. i wont pretend for a minute this is easy, its not, but we have very few problems with our arrangement and a pack of happy, contented, freindly dogs.
I could have done with a box entitled 'Maybe, but think it out well first'
I would generally suggest a dog of similar, but not the same age, and of the opposite sex, with both being neutered. hope my words here have helped and not made the descision harder for you.

04-03-2007, 22:56
After a great deal of thought, over a matter of months, I have decided to get a puppy as my dog is so incredibly sociable and I think that it will do him the world of good.

A good friend of mine told me of a beautiful puppy from an excellent home, so we went and picked him up today. I have named him Beethoven.

I would have loved to have had a rescue dog but it is very rare that small dogs are in need of a home, to my searching anyway!

But Beethoven is a beautiful little pup and will have a very happy life.

Even though I work full time I have someone who cares for Bailey four mornings a week so the two dogs will not have too much time on their hands at all. Plus they now have each other to keep company and love.

Also the cats adore him.

Shihtzumad has Beethoven's brother Oliver. He is a black and white shihtzu and Beethoven is sandy and white with a cute little black patch on his tail.

THey are both beautiful

05-03-2007, 00:00
I hope he settles in with you guys quickly Ollie, and you'll let Brude meet them both for a walk as soon as he's allowed out :)

05-03-2007, 00:05
Thank you.