After weeks or months of planning and consideration, you made the decision to get another dog. Two dogs are as easy to take care of as one dog, if your first dog has been well trained and will model good dog-manners to the new dog. However, adding a second canine to the household is financially more expensive and requires more time (in terms of training, feeding, walking, and picking up after your dogs), and may reveal underlying behavioral problems in your dog. As a multiple dog household, we encourage people that are ready for the responsibility to add that second dog to the household. Benefits of a second dog include: more love/companionship, saving a dog from a shelter, a playmate for your current dog, etc.
Before you adopt, keep these things in mind:
1. Is Your Dog Ready for a Playmate?
Before adding a second dog, you should decide whether or not your dog is ready for a playmate. Determine if your dog has any underlying behavioral issues that need to be addressed, such as: separation anxiety, excessive barking, leash-reactivity to dogs or humans, pulling excessively on leash, house-training accidents, destructiveness, and aggression towards humans, dogs, or other small animals. New dogs can and will mirror your other dog’s behaviors, both good and bad. One fido terror can suddenly turn into two and require twice as much work. Two badly behaved dogs make life miserable for both your family and the dogs.
Many behaviorists recommend waiting a year before getting your dog a playmate. It can take upwards of 6 months for a dog to adjust to a new environment, followed by another 6 months of quality bonding with owners and learning house rules and commands. Integrating another dog sooner than a year is very achievable, but the owner will need to be sure to establish leadership through house rules and boundaries to ensure success.
2. Selecting the Right Dog
The Barking Lot volunteers will handle the introduction during your play date to ensure it is done properly and to make recommendations for you. Once the dog is adopted, the introduction at your home is up to you!
When you bring your new dog home from the shelter, take your family dog outside or to a neutral area (park, etc.) and repeat the greeting of the two dogs.
4. Tips for Success
“heel,” is called a headcollar (“Halti’s” or “Gentle Leader”). These tools go around the dog’s snout and gives you control of their head and, in turn, their body and mind. First introduce the tool, associate it with mealtime or another enjoyable experience, not the walk. You want your dog to relate the headcollar with a positive experience. Your dog will probably protest and try to remove the tool with his or her paws but you must disagree with that action and say “leave it” when he or she tries to touch the headcollar. Leave the headcollar on during mealtime, and then remove it afterwards and praise the dog for wearing it. After two or three mealtimes, while wearing the headcollar, you will be ready to walk your dog using the tool.
After a month of careful supervision, correcting misbehavior, structured walking, and supervised feedings, your dogs will know you are the alpha and the new/old dog is not a threat. Once your dogs begin to feel safe with one another, their true personalities will come out and you will have two wonderful pack members to entertain you and love you for the rest of their lives.
Article shared from The Barking Lot.
We got a message from Jill.
"I think Tesla would be perfect for your program! He is clean across the board and would be a perfect match for Muffet!"
I love our Fairlight Collie's! Jill has raised some amazing dogs. So we said ok! And then the excitement began. She sent photos and he was such a handsome boy!!
When JIll called, we met her in Polson to get him. He was a little scared. He had only ever lived on their ranch. He hadn't gotten to meet many other people. So Jill loaded him up and Marc sat in the back loving on him all the way home.
Let me tell you what... this little boy has won our hearts big time. He is pure playful joy to watch especially when he doesn't know we're watching him. He is such a cute puppy!! hehe
He bounces all the time, and everybody loves him.
Thank you again to Jill! :)
We have been so blessed!
Jill Loveland with Fairlight Collie's called and we got to bring The Muffet and McKenzie home! We are so pleased. Both girls will be entering our breeding program here at Newman Collies.
They are both so sweet and beautiful.
Muffet (Fairlight's Mirror on the Wall) is a White Factored Sable girl. She has the most energetic and amazing energy. She just dances with life. Muffet is genetically tested Normal/ Non-Carrier across the board for CEA, PRA, CN, DM, and MDR1. We are so pleased.
Kenzie (Fairlight's McKenzie) is very sweet and kind. Her eyes and mannerism's are calm and thoughtful. She loves to be beside us all the time and makes a great office girl. McKenzie has tested CEA Normal Eyed Carrier, and Normal Non-Carrier across the board for PRA, CN, DM, and MDR1.
Thanks for sharing in our joy!
Well... It was time for a road trip!
Christy with Lost Acres Collies has offered to trade me one of my puppies for a female she has. She is just so cute. They're calling her Skye. She is 14 weeks old.
Also, I'll be picking up our daughter Brittany, who is 37 weeks pregnant and bringing her home to have her baby girl.
So I went to Kansas first and picked up my daughter who was so excited to be coming home. We also brought her two dogs, Panda & Hecate.
We headed to Arkansas to pick up Skye. What a trip. So long. We delivered Echo, and picked up Skye. It was at that minute she became Sweet Pea. What a doll baby. She spent the whole trip home in either my lap or Brittany's lap. She never whined.
Here she is:..
Today was one of the hardest lessons ever in our lives.
We took our 4 big Collie's to the Indoor Horse Arena for a romp Friday night. As we entered the arena and the dogs started investigating, we saw two of our females eating something. It appeared they had eaten a bite of horse poop. We picked the little bit on ground up and put in bin.
The next day our Music began getting ill. She got worse by nightfall and we took her into the vet. They gave her a shot and some meds, and sent her home. When she was worse Sunday morning, we returned to the vet and she was admitted and placed on Iv's. By this morning she was much worse and it was determined that the poop she bit into must have had Ivermectin in it. The vet said it can stay in their poop for up to 2 weeks!
Please let our loss be a warning so none of you has to hold your babies and say goodbye like we did this morning with Music.
Our Hearts are breaking tonight.
#Music #gone #hearts #breaking
Hi I'm Suzi, My husband and I own Wind Whispers Farm. We are growing and changing all the time, and learn something new every day. We raise some of the best Collies around, and they are our family and first loves! Thank you for joining us!