Over that past few weeks we have been chatting about getting another lab. We have a 13 month only boy who is a fantastic guy apart from those little monkey moments that all labs have. We just want advice really about the pros and cons of having two together so young.
We like to crate merlin as he will chew up things in our absence and this works great, but would two labs mean two crates?
Is it better to get a girl to go with a boy?
the final question is am I mad thinking of this? I love merlin to bits but oh boy is he a full time job and full of life at 13 month old. I just want them to grow with each other.
For me that idea would be complete madness but it depends on your situation and time to devote to 2 dogs
It completely depends on YOU and on the two dogs. Some dogs do better with a buddy at home, and they play together (which means they get exercise that way). My boy, Rocky, isn't much of a player, so I don't have any help there (both need me to exercise them seperately, at most both will run for one ball).
It's more expensive (twice the food, twice the vet bill, twice the treats) and more time/work (spending time with each individually, training them individually) and can be trickier when it comes to dog sitting (even if you don't have plans for one, things happens and it's harder to find a sitter for two dogs).
But, you do get twice the love. And as I mentioned, if they play together it's not TWICE the work to exercise them either You are not mad at all. Part of me wants another dog, but for me it's just not the right thing to do (plus as I mentionned Rocky prefers humans to other dogs, he doesn't play much). BUT I do foster dogs so I get the "feeling" of two dogs sometimes
My fear of having two dogs close in age is having two seniors 10 years down the line. As I don't see myself having three dogs, it would limit my lifestyle (I like to compete and run with my dogs, but if all I have are two dogs over 12 I can't do anything unless I get a third which I don't want to do). But this is a completely personal opinion.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Yep, two labs = two crates (or, in our case, two labs = five crates...LOL).
My two are a little less than 5.5 years apart... Henry is 5 1/2 years old, and Oliver is just over 3 months old. Personally, I had wanted to wait until my older one had had a good obedience background and "life training" before adding another into the mix. To be honest, I don't think I even started thinking about adding another until Henry was over 4 years old. It then took about a year and a half from the time I made the conscious decision to add another to bringing Oliver home.
I agree with Tanya... I personally couldn't deal emotionally with two seniors at the same time hence also the large age difference.
It's twice the love, twice the drool, twice the fun!! Definitely more expensive and more of a time commitment (for me it's training each boy individually as well as taking each boy individually to their respective classes... in January, Henry will have his Open class every week, and Oliver will have his Competitive Puppy classes and his handling classes weekly, and then both boys get a field training day twice a month). I try to spend one-on-one time with each of them as well, just doing fun things, as well as doing things all three of us together.
As far as getting a male or female goes, it really depends on Merlin's temperament. When I started my puppy search, I thought I wanted a yellow female... I wound up with a black male. LOL. Fortunately, Henry's temperament is such that I could have brought either male or female into our house with no problems.
At our house, it's just me and the two boys. Yes, it's tons more work, but it's worth it in the end knowing that they have each other, and when I see them snuggling together chewing their nylabones, well, it does this heart good.
I can't imagine having only one dog now.
Like Felicia, I didn't add a second until Rider was 4. Rider will be 6 in May, and Rookie will be 2 in February. It's a nice gap in between. Rider was really well trained when Rookie came along and he helped with his training so much!!! I opted for two boys because I prefer the male temperament over a females. I am looking at a third soon, and that will too be a boy.
You need to determine if your current lab is trained enough before you add a second.
Dani, Rider & Rookie
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my current aging (including fosters who have been here 6 months + - but are going to homes - I HOPE!)
8.5 years old
5.5 years old
4.5 years old (wayyyyyy brutal to have a one year old and puppy at the same time)
2.5 years old
1.5 years old (saves my life by tiring out the go go 2.5 year old)
my 4.5 year old is the old man of the house in some ways - he's part great dane and seems to feel his age at times - he's certainly the gray beard of the house too)
I like the 3-5 year old gap personally ...
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” H. Keller
Wouldn't be without two now - but wouldn't want them any closer than 2 years apart. I'd suggest that you wait a year...and then GO FOR IT!
Thanks guys for your replys and sharing tour experience's. I am going to make sure i am 100% before i take the plunge. Judging by today and merlins behavour i might just wait a little while longer.
I just think about twice the hair ..... hrmmm......
And would you need a car upgrade to cart them around? I know we would and we just can't afford that right now .... otherwise I'm like you. I'd love another puppy!!! Especially because Milly loves the company so much. But for now, ferrying her to doggie parks and obedience and puppy play dates fulfills her socialisation needs (I hope!)
I think getting another puppy now would just be filling a maternal need that I have that is ever growing stronger LOL. We'll be waiting until Milly is 2 or 3 before adding another dog. And then upgrade the car to hold 2 dogs and children as well.
I have two, Bogey was about 15 months when I brought Calli home. At first i didn't know what I got myself into. I have to admit it was a little overwhelming.
But now, Calli is 6 months, her and Bogey get along great. I am soooo glad I have two.
And yes, it means two crates, double the hair, more expense (vets, food, training).
All in all, I cant picture my life without either of them. So I say if your willing to put in the work it can be done.
Courtney, Bogey and Calli