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posted 04-14-2003 01:56 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I have a toy poodle puppy about 4 months old. I would like to get another one. My husband and I are just retired and have lots of time to work with them. However, I have been hearing negative things about having two dogs. I know lots of people have two dogs. I would appreciate hearing from the voices of experience if I will be sorry if I get a puppy when my poodle is around six months old. I will spay and neuter. That's essential to me.

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posted 04-14-2003 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PITBULL_PRINCESS1979     Edit/Delete Message
I see nothing wrong with getting another puppy..sense you have the time to spend with them.I have 9 and they are wonderful..I would not get rid of them for nothing,and they all get along.Best thing you can do is listen to your heart.If you want another pup,get one.

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posted 04-14-2003 10:14 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I think you are correct to be leary. Do dogs is great when spaced far enough apart. Your first one is still new, why not wait until it has at least turned a year old first? It is much easier to train one and have one reliable pup than 2 unreliable monster pups. They do bond with each other more than with their humans UNLESS enough time is taken to raise and train them separately. That means twice the walking, twice the obedience classes, exercise, vet bills, feeding, etc.

If you wait, you will have the added bonus of the first one (who is well trained) to help train the second. Plus something to look forward too later on

Just my .02

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posted 04-15-2003 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
I think 2 is great. They love their owners but they love to be able to play with their own kind too. I would say since you are just getting used to the grooming habits of owning a poodle. Get used to that. I don't know if you want another poodle. I would if I were you since I love poodles. Poodle owners tend to get another poodle when they want another dog. But you have to either be able to groom the dogs yourself or be able to take them in to be groomed. But even between profesional groomings, they still need brushing and face,feet shavingsand bathing.. See how it goes and then decide on what sort of next dog you will want to get. But I am all for having a second dog in the house. They also keep each other company when humans are not home. My terrier had separtion anxiety before I got my poodle, but he is fine now.

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posted 04-15-2003 07:12 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I have 2 dogs 15 months apart,
They do get along quite well, considering their breed.
The younger one needed almost no training at all and he is a far better trained dog than most out there.
He just followed the leader and learned quickly with praise.

There are alot of great points in the posts above.

Watch out for a jealousy complex, giving more attention to either dog could cause problems.

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posted 04-16-2003 05:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for woofdoggy     Edit/Delete Message
Yes, I agree with most of the other posts. Two dogs are generally better than one, particularly in your case where there are you and your husband at home together. As far as training goes, poodles are right at the top of the scale of Obedience, very clever little dogs. If you don't get another poodle at least you'll have one that's very clever!! (LOL)

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posted 04-16-2003 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Malteseof2003     Edit/Delete Message
Here is how I see it! It would be great company for them! But, you must be prepared for twice the responsiblilty! I would say if you really feel like you want another, go ahead and get one. I'll just tell you, it is SO CUTE to see to doggies play together! =)

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