Should I get one or two dogs

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    Sep 24, 2012 3:34 PM GMT
    2 dogs seems excessive, especially since you're a first-time pet-owner.
    I wonder why u would even fathom the idea of starting off with 2 dogs right away? Instead of seeing how it does with one....then perhaps introducing another if u feel u can handle that. ..

    Also, you live in an apartment, so perhaps a smaller dog may be appropriate?
    Dogs are sooo much work, omg. I'm not saying that's bad, but I have a dog.....and a cat....and wow. The dog has me working for's all about him and I love him, but god damn. ... it's more work than I initially thought.

    Good luck tho!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 24, 2012 3:35 PM GMT
    My suggestion is to take some time and do some research. Get some ideas about a breed of dog (and size) that would make the most sense to your situation. There is a huge difference from breed to breed. Get input from a couple of vet clinics, your local animal shelter and some dog lovers you may have as friends. I would start off with one dog with the idea of gaining another if it works and is the right thing to do. Don't take on too much at once, you may find yourself regretting your decision and that would be a real mistake. This decision affects the totality of your personal life.
    Give it the credibility it deserves, including.... your comittment to the "giving of a good life" to your new companion(s).

    Good luck, let us know what happens!
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    Sep 24, 2012 3:44 PM GMT
    If you are friendly with your neighbors in your building who have a dog, explain your plans to them and offer to walk their dog on a regular basis for a while as a trial. This will give you a feel of what you will need to do on a daily basis.
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    Sep 24, 2012 3:54 PM GMT

    2 dogs (puppies) are 4 times more difficult to train. Take your 1 new dog to group-lessons & do everything the trainer tells you to do!


    Obviously, I'm a German Shepherd Man; however, any of the working breeds will serve you well. They are much smarter.

    If, after training, you still want an additional dog, the 1st dog will help train the new puppy; especially, with the rules of behavior & non chewing. If you buy a lot of toys for the new pup and discover that s/he "does not like them," preferring your cell phone, remote, sofa, or backpack; it is because, you have failed to make these toys interesting to you (the dog will surely notice). Therefore, rub your cent all over these toys; kick them around the house, talk to them ( the pup will get envious). Initially, pay as much attention to the toys as you do the dog and this will guarantee the dog will like them; because, you do.

    Anything w/ your sent on it will be interesting to your dog; s/he has to be instructed that only certain items are going to be shared.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 24, 2012 4:05 PM GMT
    foosballwizard saidHow long does it take for a dog's true personality to show? For example, some dogs have a hyper and social attitude, while others may be very shy and reserved.

    Dogs in shelters can often-times be reserved and a little skittish because they may have been abused. It can take some time, though not long, to earn their trust. However, once that is done, you will likely find it to be the most loyal, loving pet you could ever hope for. The most important thing you need to do before getting a dog is to evaluate your living situation --- size of home, work hours, how long will pet be left alone, what would you do with pet IF you needed to go out of town or take a vacation, financial situation, etc. A lot of people think they want a pet, but they do not look at the reality of actually owning one and being a responsible pet owner. It is really important that the pet you choose be a good fit for your personal situation.
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    Sep 24, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
    I would get one at first. Then if that works out for you, get another. Remember while you are gone, two dogs barking all day is twice as annoying for your neighbors. You will need to walk your dog(s) at least twice a day so that they get exercise as well as become socialized to the world. PS. Getting a puppy or two is like raising a human baby. It is an almost full time job in itself.
  • 24hourguy

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    Sep 24, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    Only get a dog if you can really take care of it -and that requires honesty on your part. Too many people think they want a dog but don't realize the work that comes with it and end up either neglecting, abusing or abandoning the animal.

    Dogs need love and attention and someone who will spend time with them regularly. Most dogs need a daily walk, also if you live in a small space don't get an active dog -they need to be outside. Regardless of activity level, dogs all need love and companionship from their owners, you must regularly spend time with them. And you have to invest the time and effort in training them -they don't come knowing how to sit or where to go to the bathroom or how to behave.

    I'm a big advocate of adopting from the shelter. Sometimes older dogs can be good because they are a little more mellow