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Old 03-21-2008, 11:31 AM   #1
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To get a puppy or not??? Help!

Hello all,

Well my husband tells me yesterday that he has a friend giving away free puppies. We have one dog she is an Aussie/border collie mix and she is the sweetest dog. She does get bored however and won't leave the kids alone when they go outside to play.

Space is not an issue since we have 10 acres and own our home but I am wondering whether it is a good idea or not. On one hand it would give Maggie someone to play with other than the kids but on the other hand...it is two puppies really to deal with.

The new (possible) pup is a blue healer/snauzer mix and not ready to leave mom yet so we do have some time to decide.

I am thinking...how much more work is 2 dogs than one? I already need to start major training this spring....I already pick up poo, keep things put up and out of her reach, but I am wondering how well Maggie will share with another dog. There have been a couple of times when a neighbor dog will wander down to our place and she just has a blast playing with them...I am hoping that this would be the result with another dog.

But I am looking for any advice or suggestions from all of you!
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:11 PM   #2
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A while ago I had a Aust Shepard I thought she was lonely because she would bug us and the kids all the time. So we got a Lab (mutt) thinking they would entertain each other. It became to much to handle since my kids were 2 and 2months the dogs were twice the annoying pests twice the poop and twice the terror. We couldn't handle it with the newborn baby, We ended up giving the dogs away. In 3months the dogs ripped the siding of my house,ripped up my livingroom carpet, ripped all of the stuffing out of my king size mattress, And dug about 40 holes in my backyard. We learned our lesson with dogs. We waited until we had the time and energy to deal with one. Its like having another child to care for. Little did I know the mastiff we would get was a bigger pain in the neck than those two dogs put together but we have the energy to deal with it now. 2 dogs verses one is like 2 kids verses 1 its always more work but you love them both. Just you can't give kids away if they become to annoying LOL
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Swa I don't know too much about but dogs and cats are right up my alley.

Heelers are Very High energy but so is your current dog, Maggie (right?).
You said that she plays well with neighbor's dogs, she should be fine with a pup as long as you socialize her with the/a pup. Maggie sounds like she has a good personality, so there shouldn't be any problems, but like with everything behavior differs.
What I would do if it were me, I would socialize her with a smaller/pup to see how she reacts. I've done this with German Shepherds, when my dad bred and raised them. If you have any questions PM me.
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I have multiple pets so I am probably not the best to give an unbiased opinion. I don't find more than one of any pet any more trouble than one. If you have small children it may become difficult as Fijiwigi mentioned, otherwise it is simply doing twice what you are doing now.
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I agree heelers need a lot of room to run and are very high energy dog. I used to have a red and he was great. One thing about them is they have a very nasty nip and might not be really good around children.
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I agree heelers need a lot of room to run and are very high energy dog. I used to have a red and he was great. One thing about them is they have a very nasty nip and might not be really good around children.

True not really a good child dog, but GS are not suggested for children either. It really depends on the temperment and how their raised.
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Maggie does have a really sweet personality. Not aggressive at all, and not fearful either. I do have three kids. 8, 4 and 3. The 8 and 3 yr olds handle Maggie just fine, but the 4 yr old seems to be the only one who really has a problem with Maggie.

She just follows him around licking and nibbling on his fingers. She is most interested in getting him to play with her and he does love to play with her but she is always herding him back close to the house. She is not aggressive in any way, just bothersome to him and annoying. He will be climbing up on things and she stops him. He will run and she follows. I actually like it to an extent as he is my wanderer, but want her to be a little more gentle about it. She will stop when I tell her no, she is really great about that. I am hoping a puppy will shift her focus a little bit.

The herding is the main thing I will be working on with her (and my son) this spring/summer. I like that Maggie always knows where the kids are and stays with them.

She does have a lot of energy but we go for walks around the property and throw balls for her and she gets a lot of running that way. I think with two we will still be doing all the same things, just giving attention to both dogs.
Maggie is an outdoor dog so I am not worried about damage to things too much. I have learned the hard way to keep things up high, but honestly with young kids I already have to do that. We already have a kennel out back incase we need to pen them up if the kids are playing and they get too rough or something but so far, we built the thing and never really needed it for Maggie as she stays close to the house and hangs out even when we go somewhere for the day. She is only destructive if we leave things laying around and she will chew them as all puppies will.

Anyone ever heard of clicker training, I am interested in that as well.
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Cool. She sounds like she would be fine.

Clicker training works on cats but never used on dogs.
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I tried clicker training on my RH and it didn't take. I have found regular training and lots of time to be more effective.
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Yeah so far she responds really well to praise and treats. I am still on the fence about the new pup....I guess I will just see how it plays out.
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