Getting 2 pups, MAYBE: The good and bad of having 2 sibling

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Getting 2 pups, MAYBE: The good and bad of having 2 sibling

Post by TG » Thu, 27 Jun 2002 13:10:37



I'm getting a dog soon. I want to know if it would be a good or bad
idea to go ahead and buy 2 instead of one.

Since my Alaskan Malamute/mix companion dog of 11 years died in 1999,
I have been wanting to get another dog.. I've been considering a
Malamute for the longest time, but a friend of mine who has a Sharpae
(sp?), recently got a second one and it seems to be working out very
much on the positive side for her.

The last year I have been preparing this place to be a proper home for
a dog... cleared the yard of toxic plants, got a nice 6' chain-link
fence all the way around the property (not a huge lot, but 7,000
square feet anyway) built a 12'x8' pin in the shady corner of the
property.. and a few smaller things...

I really have my mind set on a female/s... I don't intend to breed
her/them.. so they will be spade when the proper age... What is the
proper age?.. maybe you can answer that for me as well.

When I adopt, the dog/s will be spending some time inside, and some
time outside... once housebroken, I am getting a dog door so they can
come in  and go out as they please.

I live alone in an older house, in the south where it is pretty warm
in the summer... I have one main room I use mostly, and they will only
have freedom to be in this one room, or outside. (It's the only air
conditioned room in the house).

OK, Sorry to ramble on, but please help me decide If I should stick to
getting one dog or maybe two.

 
 
 

Getting 2 pups, MAYBE: The good and bad of having 2 sibling

Post by TG » Fri, 28 Jun 2002 08:14:06


Quote:

>What is the "pin" for?

For one thing, confinement when I am using dangerous lawn equipment...
weed eaters, lawn mowers and edgers..

I plan to take about a week and a half off from my job when I get the
dog/s and to be there constantly, to help with seperation-anxiaty and
to get a head start on house training and obedience.... but after that
time, when I return to my daily schedule of being away from home 9 hrs
a day 5 days a week, I anticipate that for the first few days I will
worry terribly about them digging under the fence, or otherwise
getting away since I'm not there to supervise.... then again, the time
may come and it may not be a worry for me at all... we'll have to see.

Also I'm thinking, if I get "2" dogs, I might have to put one briefly
in the lockup (back yard) while working individually with the other
(in the front yard)... during training sessions that is... then swap
them around and work with the other for a while.... maybe not.. I'm
not sure yet... I guess I'll have to see when the time comes.

Two opposite walls of the pin are 8 foot wide gates.. if it turns out
to be a waste, or not useful, I just need to remove the gates, or
leave them wide open and then the area is like part of the back yard
except for the concrete slab....

 
 
 

Getting 2 pups, MAYBE: The good and bad of having 2 sibling

Post by CR » Fri, 28 Jun 2002 10:15:54


Shar Peis as a breed are rift with physical problems.  You need to be
sure that you get your dogs from a reputable breeder.  I have an
internet friend who is a Sharpei breeder of top quality dogs.  She is
breeder of one of the top Sharpeis in this country and in Canada.  I
don't think she even has any puppies, but she should be able to advise
you on reputable breeders in your area, and also tell you what to look
out for.

It sounds like you have everything very well thought out and planned.
However, most people would not dare leave two Sharpei together
unattended.  Judi can explain that to you.  I will email you her
address, because I don't think she would want it plastered on Usenet!

(This post did not go anywhere when I hit send....so if it double posts,
forgive me!)

Regards,
Carole R. Ernst
Visit My Dogs At www.TMTs.Biz

 
 
 

Getting 2 pups, MAYBE: The good and bad of having 2 sibling

Post by CR » Fri, 28 Jun 2002 10:13:02


Shar Peis as a breed are rift with physical problems.  You need to be
sure that you get your dogs from a reputable breeder.  I have an
internet friend who is a Sharpei breeder of top quality dogs.  She is
breeder of one of the top Sharpeis in this country and in Canada.  I
don't think she even has any puppies, but she should be able to advise
you on reputable breeders in your area, and also tell you what to look
out for.

It sounds like you have everything very well thought out and planned.
However, most people would not dare leave two Sharpei together
unattended.  Judi can explain that to you.  I will email you her
address, because I don't think she would want it plastered on Usenet!

Regards,
Carole R. Ernst
Visit My Dogs At www.TMTs.Biz