When can I get a second puppy?

LGDowner

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My husband and I currently have a three month old pup and we're thinking of getting a second one sometime soon. Neither of us have had two puppies at the same time, any advice people can give us?
 

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Hello and welcome to the forum!
A lot of people and behaviorists say to wait around one year, what was the reason you wanted to get a second pup?
 

LGDowner

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Really, a whole year?
We've always wanted to have two dogs, and wanted them both young so they could grow up together
 

linda2147

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not a good idea to get two puppies, they will bond with each other and not to you. harder to train two also as you don't know whose doing what.
 

TTouch

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Welcome to the forum.

My answer is very simple.....don't!
You spend the time and train your pup and build up its confidence/manners and ONLY when you have the pup you now have how you want it to behave would you consider getting another pup, at least a year and my advice would be start looking in two years time.......... otherwise two pups together they will bond with each other, not you.... this can cause lots of issues as in neither are well behaved, they 'need' each other, so you can set up separation anxiety, they become double trouble with difficulty in getting good manners as you don't have that one to one time you need... pups NEED lead walking alone, they NEED training alone as well as in a class situation, they NEED to bond with the humans in the house, you NEED time to train good behaviour and manners or your pup becomes a badly behaved/badly mannered dog......and you also have life expectancy the same, so you lose one and within a few weeks the other which is devasting.

Many of my client visits are down to behavioural issues simply because they purchased two pups close together...so my professional advice is don't even think about getting another now.
 

CatMom1994

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My husband and I currently have a three month old pup and we're thinking of getting a second one sometime soon. Neither of us have had two puppies at the same time. Any advice people can give us?
I am glad you asked this question. It is very important to make sure your puppy is already fully trained before you get another dog. If your puppy's behavior was perfect all the time, I could recommend adopting another dog soon, but all three-month old puppies are still learning commands like come, sit, stay, stop, no, and down.
 

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My husband and I currently have a three month old pup and we're thinking of getting a second one sometime soon. Neither of us have had two puppies at the same time, any advice people can give us?
I would wait at least a year until the pup you have now is fully trained and well behaved. That way, when you bring a new pup into your home, he will have a good example and learn from the older one. The older one will still be young enough to play with and bond with the new puppy, even up to two years old.

Linda is right about the two pups paying attention to each other only and ignoring you. It will be harder to train them properly with housebreaking, obedience and manners at home and in public.
 

delle1313swift

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My husband and I currently have a three month old pup and we're thinking of getting a second one sometime soon. Neither of us have had two puppies at the same time, any advice people can give us?
I think you definitely have to give them enough time to warm up to each other. But being puppies, its definitely easier for them to socialise, which is great for your puppies!
 

thugtomas

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Many breeders recommend that your first dog be at least one-to-two-years old before you add a second to the family. If you have an old dog, he may not be physically able to play with or tolerate a pup.
 

CatMom1994

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Really, a whole year?

We've always wanted to have two dogs, and wanted them both young so they could grow up together.
The issue is when one puppy has bad habits, if you get a second puppy too soon, you will be stuck with two puppies who have bad habits.

Why didn't you and your husband adopt a pair of littermates at the same time? Some shelters offer a discount for that type of adoption.
 


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