We were thinking of adding a dog to the household to keep Chuckle company.
When is the best time to do this? He is only 4 months old so we're not going to do it for the forseeable future but is there an optimum period?
We are thinking of another lab or a goldie.
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Vivian - mum to Chuckle, Bevan & Robbie
It is probably best to wait until your current dog is at least a year old and fully trained. I wouldn't leave the gap any smaller. Two young puppies can be a real nightmare. An older dog and a pup often works much better --the pup will pick up on the older dogs good behavior.
If the only reason you are considering adding a dog is for Chuckle, then I would definately wait until he is older and you have successfully trained him enough to where he could be a help in training the new dog.
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We added our second dog when our first was a year and a half....it seemed appropriate. Any younger and it would have been too much trouble....
we just added another lab to our family. Our oldest is 9 years old. We waited only because we didnt have the room before, we just got a new house that have a large yard. Trickster is correct my Pup has really learned from my older dog. He stays in the yard and really follows her around.
...when the water has reached a soft boil but before you put in the carrots and onions.
Maggie was 2.5 when Dakota came home. Maggie needed to be the youngest for a while! I don't think with her I could have done it any sooner.
Tonight seems good...
Molly was a little over 3 when Abby came. We wanted to get a new pup when she was 2 but SU could not get time off from his work so we had to wait. It has worked out well for us. Molly is very laid back now & she has taught Abby some good things.
**I didn't realize how well behaved Molly was until the "wild thing" arrived.
Personally, I think any time after 3 is ideal.
Brenda from Connecticut