Q&A: How did getting a second dog affect your first one?

Question by Mandy: How did getting a second dog affect your first one?
I’m mulling over the idea of getting a second dog. I have a dog now, a dachshund. She’ll be almost a year old when I would bring this “maybe” second pup into my life.

So, for anyone who has ever brought another dog into a home with an existing dog…what effect did this have on the first dog? Did he/she seem happier? Glad to have a canine playmate? Confused? Depressed? Scared? I’m fully aware that dogs are pack animals and it is natural for them to live together, but I can’t help but worry.

Also, what effect did it have on his/her relationship with you? Did you stay close, or did both dogs grow a bit more distant from you? I always worried that if they have each other, they won’t need me! Haha, that sound a little selfish, but that was my thought. I love her very much and I would hate our “relationship” to be negatively affected.

I’ve always only had one dog at a time, so anything else you can tell me about having more than one dog would be very helpful!
Thanks to everyone who has answered so far. I’m really looking for personal experiences and stories. Please, if you’ve introduced a second dog into your home, share them with me. This is a very important decision for me.

Raymond – Ha, my pup is at the vet right now being spayed. Definitely not interested in pups (although they would be cute). I’m no backyard breeder.

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Answer by Lindsay G
I would be different for every dog, some will take right to the other dog, some will become jealous, some will want to start fights. Every dog basically will react differently, to a new animal in the house.

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Q&A: Would a border terrier make a good city dog?

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Question by Louis L: Would a border terrier make a good city dog?
I live in NYC in a big apartment near the park. I go to school during the day and can walk the dog for an hour in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. There will always be some one at home with the dog.

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Answer by aThornONaRose
they dont get that big,. so ya i would say they would make a good city dog

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Q&A: How can I find a home for 2 old dogs that have to stay together?

Question by qwed2: How can I find a home for 2 old dogs that have to stay together?
My father-in-law is going into a nursing home in Boston. His daughter has to do something with his 8 and 10 year old small dogs. Boston has no pet classifieds in the paper. How would she advertise, or otherwise try to find a home for these old dogs? He needs to know they are being cared for. She has 3 large dogs and a baby on the way so they can’t stay with her or any other relatives.

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Answer by jaxchick23
Could she print out fliers, pass them around and interview people the best way she can to try and make sure they find a good home and stay together?

What a sad situation. :(

Either way, the dogs need to be taken care of so she may just have to surrender them to the humane society and hope they stay together.

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How can I tell my dogs real age?

Question by PaiMei: How can I tell my dogs real age?
I recently brought home a new dog. The breeder gave me United All Breed registration papers that say the dog is about 20 months old. When I took the dog to the veterinarian, the vet said the dog is actually 4 or 5. Is this possible? The microchip on the registation papers matches the one in the dog. How can I tell what age my dog is?

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Answer by Chrissy
The vet should know how old your dog is. They look at a dogs teeth, and can give an approximate age. The breeder could have been lying? Maybe try a couple of vets and see if you get the same opinion on the age.

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Will be taking in a 5 year old Shih Tzu who previous home had other dog mates, what should I expect?

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Question by Joe C: Will be taking in a 5 year old Shih Tzu who previous home had other dog mates, what should I expect?
5 year old male Shih Tzu previous home had 3 other dog mates. Will be my first pet. What should I expect when I bring her in tomorrow? How should I make feel comfortable when bringing her in to our home? Will she miss her dog mates?

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Answer by RenaldaStar
just buy lots of toys and treats and give her her own little spot.

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If i start a happy dog center would you donate?

Question by schwabby: If i start a happy dog center would you donate?
I would like to open a dog center which would be nonprofit and where it helps dogs in pounds and stray and would help them find a home and be in a happy enviornment, i want to know how many people would contribute to the donations and if i would get enough do make a happy home to many dogs
so would you contribute to help make happy dogs a happy home?

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Answer by Kenneth D
yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i would

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Q&A: Is southwest airlines lenient about dogs being able to stand in their crate?

Question by Snave: Is southwest airlines lenient about dogs being able to stand in their crate?
I have a rat terrier. He’s a small dog. I want to take him home for Christmas, and Southwest airlines allow small pets to go in the cabin if their crate can fit under the seat. Southwest says online that the dogs must be able to move freely and stand up comfortably. The heighth of the seat is 8.5″ and my dog is 11″ tall. I’m wondering if that will really determine if i can fly home with my dog or not?

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Answer by Shelley L
If your dog cannot stand in the crate, he will not be allowed in the cabin (or be able to use the crate for the baggage hold.

If your dog is 11 inches tall.. he’s likely too big for the cabin.

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How much does Victoria Stilwell charge to come to your home and train your dog?

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Question by Mary: How much does Victoria Stilwell charge to come to your home and train your dog?
I wanted to know how much does Victoria Stilwell (host of the tv show It’s Me or the Dog) charge to come to your home and train your dog? $ 500.00? $ 600.00? or more? Can someone please give me an exact amount or an estimate? All answers are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Answer by Elaine M
Contact the studio and ask. They probably want you to pay the air fare as well.

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Can an apartment manager require you to get a new dog walker?

Question by boxerlover: Can an apartment manager require you to get a new dog walker?
I have lived in the same apt in NYC for close to 2 years, and have had the same dog walker/pet sitter the entire time. She walks my dog at least once a day, and even stays in my home with my dog while I am out of town. We absolutely love her. Needless to say, yesterday, apparently when she was taking my dog out, my dog usually pee’s on the asphalt of the road.. but couldn’t make it to the asphalt because of cars parked there, so she peed on the curb! I gues the doorman got very upset and it turned into a verbal argument. The doorman then supposedly shoved the door into my dog walker… She went to the police…. Lots of drama! Now the apt mgr approached me and told me to get a new dog walker.. Not so easy to find one I can trust to stay in my house, and be around my animals all the time… I have a boxer who is very shy, and quite a handful to attend to… Anyways… can they require me to get a new dog walker? Or should I just hope that it all blows over with time?

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Answer by David J
Yes.

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What happens if my dogs get overheated?

Question by Savena: What happens if my dogs get overheated?
I came home and my dog threw up. She is 4 months and a German Shepard Husky. She has to stay outside at all times because my parents don’t like her coming in. What can i do to help her from getting overheated? I give her lots of water every morning before i go to school and i even have a little shade tent up but i don’t know what else to do. HELP !

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Answer by ladystang
they can die
rehome to someone that can care for it

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