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Questions about getting another pup?

We have a female APBT and a female Doxie mix.... the doxie doesnt really like to play with the pup and the pup plays a little rough for her i think.... so we are thinking about getting another pup closer to the size of the APBT who is pretty small about 50 lbs... but not sure if we should get the same breed? gender? age?..... the APBT is very submissive to my MIL male chocolate lab. do you think thats becasue he is bigger or a male?.... what do you think about getting a pup for the pup to play with?

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Asked by jaksonsmommy at 1:18 PM on May. 10, 2011 in Pets

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  • Getting a puppy to solve the problem of another dog is a bad reason to get a puppy. If you want the responsibility of another dog then go for it, but don't get another dog with the expectation of it solving problems with your current pets. Often times this will create a situation where the same problems exist times 2. I have the same issues right now with a shepherd mic puppy, 4 months and a papillon who is a senior. I supervise closely and redirect the puppy when he tries to play with the older dog. It has taken some time but he is learning to ignore the old girl.

    Answer by marshsmom at 1:27 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • the pup is starting to ignore the older dog but it seems like she would like to play so much more and we are just dog people and were thinking of adding one more anyways but were also thinking that maybe one that was a little bigger might play with the pup also

    Comment by jaksonsmommy (original poster) at 1:38 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • As long as you are willing to put 1 hour of individual time to each puppy for every 10 minutes they spend together.

    The problem with raising multiple puppies is that they often form a stronger bond with each other than with the rest of the human pack. You might think this sounds perfect, but it's the contrary. Often it becomes double trouble with two dogs instead of one that doesn't respond to you.

    I think dogs are great friends, and the more the merrier if you have the room and the time. The general rule of thumb is to take the first year, train the first puppy and then get the friend. And, if the first is responsive to you, the second will take about half the time to train.

    If you do another APBT, bear in mind that you also have a small breed in the house. No more females. You would have better chances with a male at this point. I would suggest a med./large more neutral breed like a lab or golden or maybe boxer.

    Answer by spottedpony at 2:02 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • Good Luck with the pup. Yes,the submissiveness is because he is male. I had two dogs male and female the same size and the male was always the boss.

    Answer by dancer at 2:47 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • You really need to take it on a case by case basis. I suggest before bringing ANY dog home (and hopefully it will come from a shelter/rescue) that you introduce the dogs first. The number of dogs rehomed every year because people never bother to introduce them before commiting is staggering. It takes 10-15 minutes tops, and you'll have a decent idea as to whether the dogs get along. We've always let our current dogs "pick out" a new member of the family.

    Answer by MegMurry at 3:28 PM on May. 10, 2011

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