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Old 11-16-2012, 11:10 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I think getting a second dog is a great idea. I love having two poodles and love watching the way they interact. See the center picture in my signature below! The relationship that two dogs that live together form is very different from dog park friends or occasional visitors. Some pairs are very close and play together and sleep together. But even those that are not so bonded seem to benefit from learning from each other and having someone else of the same species around. My boy Bob and my girl Sophie (who died in 2011) were more like housemates than lovers. But when Sophie died, Bob really mourned.

Since you like Callie's breeder, I would call and ask her advice. It is hard to know what kind of relationship Callie will form with the new puppy, but I think getting a male is a safer bet. A female would probably be OK, so you could get a girl if you want to. But I have heard that two females or two intact males are more likely to have problems than a boy-girl pair. I know of one case where two female labs became so competitive and nasty towards each other that they had to be separated for life.

When I got Cammie, Bob would have nothing to do with her for about 3 days. But puppies who have just been separated from mother and siblings really crave canine companionship. Cammie absolutely adored Bob and wanted his friendship more than anything else in the world. After 3 days, he permitted her to curl up next to him (the first photo below was literally the first time she was permitted to lie down touching him). After about 5 or 6 days, she was crawling all over him! Photos below show the progression. My advice is to leave it up to the dogs to work out their relationship. You should allow Callie to set whatever limits she wants. It is perfectly normal for an older dog to snap or snarl at a younger dog, so don't stop Callie from doing that. This is how the older dog lets the younger one to stop being so annoying!

Best of luck to you. I think you are really going to have fun with this!
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I've always used the "neutral territory" method when introducing a new dog into the family...it doesn't make them instant friends, but it gives an indication of how your dog will interact with a pup. She may just ignore her, or she may just do a meet and greet and go on her own way.

The thing with an only child, is she may be very possessive of you, and your attentions...and pups take so much attention! I've never had a problem with two females (at one time I had a Rottie/Pit female who was best friends with my Westie female...both dominant personalities, but never once did they even growl at one another)....As long as the resident dog isn't a puppy hater (and there are dogs who are), then I think the chances of them bonding is high...it just takes time for everybody to shift into the hierachy. I'd always expect some growling to put a pup into their place...they're all dogs, and if there's one thing a dog knows how to do instinctively...it's take advantage...an older dog usually knows how to offer some discipline without causing harm.

This would be a great adventure....makes me start thinking, too....hmmmmm....another Spoo to our mix?? How fun!

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Actually, what I meant to say is that if we have to leave her with a friend or relative to be away for several days, she would have part of her "pack" there so she wouldn't be as traumatized. We leave her alone at home all the time, and you are right, they don't mind, she just sleeps and greets us like we've been gone for years!
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