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    Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    Currently have a hundred pound male lab and two cats. Very needydog. Have any of you faced the same issue and helped the situation by adding a second dog to the mix? If so what size and type? We have had ours since August. He is two and a half. Good dog, been through three rounds of training but always at our feet. It's possible he just neds more time to settle in.



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    Re: Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    My wife had a Golden Retriever that was needy. Then she got a German Shepherd. Result. Retriever continued to be needy, and I had two big dogs underfoot.



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    Re: Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    yeah generally dogs that are needy want your attention, so adding a 2nd dog does nothing to help. I have a black lab and a Newfoundland.



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    Re:Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    I have two german short hair pointers, both are needy and fight for attention.

    However both are great an wouldn't trade them for anything



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    Re: Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    Find some dogs that your dog can be friends with and socialize with, but I would avoid getting another dog yourself. Do you have a dog park you can go to? Or a park where people go and let their dogs off leash? (yeah, I know it's against the law but a lof of us do it anyway).

    Walk the dog everyday at the same time, this will give your dog stability, help you bond with your dog giving him confidence and it will help you meet other dog owners. I can't emphasize daily scheduled walks enough.

    If you get another dog, there is now guarantee they will like each other. Your dog is still young, labs take longer to grow up imo. If your dog is a rescue, there maybe some issues with his past owners that will just take time for him to overcome.



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    Re: Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    The second dog is a bad deal. If they have bad habits like chewing everything in site, the first dog will start. Can destroy a house in no time.



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    Re: Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    Completely disagree with most here. We have three labs, it's great. They keep each other entertained, and it's less stressful for them when we are gone. Get the second dog. Plus, there are tons of great dogs out there that need homes.



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    Re: Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    I don't have large dogs, but when I got married, my beagle was paired with her little dog. One place it helped was with my beagle. She was never comfortable staying inside when I wasn't there. Would tear up the blinds looking out the windows. Now she is perfectly content.

    Oh, also....her dog was very uptight around other dogs (short man's disease). Now he almost totally comfortable with her, and does better with other dogs as well.



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    Re: Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    There are programs that allow you to watch a Soldier's dog while they are deployed. May be a good way to test this out without getting a dog permanently.



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    Re: Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    I have a 50 lb boarder collie who is very needy and nothing has ever made him not so. I lived with my sister for a little while and he acted annoyed by her 80lb dog. When my wife and I got married I thought maybe her smaller pugs might help, but no. The only thing that helps distract him is cats because he likes to chase them.

    I wouldn't get another dog unless you really want another dog. It won't mean a thing to the dog you have.



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    Re: Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    I had an Australian Shepherd that was very energetic/needy. Found an agility class for him which also had obedience training. The agility class did wonders. He loved it, and would be totally wiped out afterwards. Some dogs almost need kind of a job or else they get kinda' stir crazy. I would try to find something like this for your dog. Some people have already suggested dog parks, which is a good idea. Long walks work great too.



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    Re: Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    I would have to agree with snowcraig on this one. I have a 70 pound american bulldog and have a 30 pound beagle/sheltie mix and they are awesome together. They play and do evertything together. I would have to say that having 2 helps the fact that they play together when your not able to.



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    Re: Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    For those suggesting he get another dog, remember he has a NEEDY dog. Others that were in the same situation got no relief from adding another dog.

    It's great you have multiple dogs and they occupy each other, but if you didn't start with one NEEDY dog then it isn't applicable to OP's situation.



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    Re: Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    We have 3 dogs, first one was needy, 2nd one was needy, 3rd one was needy. 2 labs and a beagle. They do tend to keep themselves entertained a bit, but I wouldn't expect it to not want to be by you all the time, you'll just end up with 2 that want to be by you.


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    Re:Big dog owners - One or two dogs?

    We had 2 ninety pound labs for 9 years until a year ago when the older one died. Both were great seldom barked. Never chewed anything The younger one chewed her tail off after the older one died that she had to have 1/2 of it amputated. Needless to say I was a big fan of two. Our black lab never developed any real bad habits but she was not as well behaved. We have found that she is much better behaved if we get her to dog day care once a week or the dog park in the summer. Ours were two ears apart in age. I don't think we'll be getting another mostly cause I don't think I have the energy for a puppy.



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