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Thinking about adopting another dog...

So please talk me into or out of it.

I have a 6 yr old rat terrier mix and a 11 month old pit mix currently. The pit loves to play and is a typically puppy. My rat terrier tolerates the pit but doesn't really want to play with her at all. He wants to be left alone (which is fine--he is 6 yr old).

I love watching my pit play with my friends' dogs and I feel kind of bad for her that she doesn't have anyone to play with on a regular basis. Hence, I am thinking about adopting another pit puppy. I have had 3 small dogs in the past and my BF used to have 4 pits so we know how much work we are in for.

Am I crazy?

2011 Races
3/12 5 mi -- 49:22 Pace: 9:52
5/1 Half Marathon -- 2:11:22 Pace: 10:01
5/22 10k -- 56:29 Pace: 9:00
5/24 3.6 -- 29:03 Pace: 8:18
7/10 15k -- 1:44:46 injured Pace: 11:14
10/29 5k -- 28:24 Pace: 9:04

Re: Thinking about adopting another dog...

  • Well two dogs for us was a lot, I couldn't imagine three. Do you take your pit puppy to the dog park or doggy daycare at all?

    I'd say if you have the means to take care of another and the space and want to add to your family, go for it. I'd definitely put in the thought and consideration as to how (or if) it will change things in your life and routine before you actually make the decision.

    It's hard to answer this question because only you know what's best for yourself and your family. GL!

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    Well two dogs for us was a lot, I couldn't imagine three. Do you take your pit puppy to the dog park or doggy daycare at all?

    I'd say if you have the means to take care of another and the space and want to add to your family, go for it. I'd definitely put in the thought and consideration as to how (or if) it will change things in your life and routine before you actually make the decision.

    It's hard to answer this question because only you know what's best for yourself and your family. GL!

    Thanks, DL. I live in Western NY and we only have 1 dog park. When we first got the pit she was too young to go and then it closed for the season. It just re-opened. Truthfully doggie day care is expensive and there isn't one close to me. Hence I just brought her over a friend's house or to BF sister's house.

    2011 Races
    3/12 5 mi -- 49:22 Pace: 9:52
    5/1 Half Marathon -- 2:11:22 Pace: 10:01
    5/22 10k -- 56:29 Pace: 9:00
    5/24 3.6 -- 29:03 Pace: 8:18
    7/10 15k -- 1:44:46 injured Pace: 11:14
    10/29 5k -- 28:24 Pace: 9:04
  • We went from one dog, to two dogs, to three dogs (a foster). My only real complaint with having a third dog is that walking, hiking, camping, and backpacking can be a bit of a pain with three dogs and two people. For this reason, we tend to go camping, backpacking, and hiking with at least one other person, who takes on one of our pups.

    We have a boxer mix, a bully breed mix, and a pittie mix, that are 3, 1.5, and 4 years old, respectively. The youngest and the oldest play together the most, and are also both female. I think that if you're willing and able to take on a third dog, consider it, there are plenty of dogs needed to be adopted across the country.  

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  • I agree with PP that it really is an individual decision - in the end, only you and YH know what's best for your family.  We had 1 dog for 2.5 years and then adopted our second in 2010.  That transition went very smoothly - they get along great and have similar energy/exercise requirements.  T was already 100% trained (and CGC certified), and I did training classes with S to give him individualized training and get him CGC certified as well.  I adore both of them and love having 2 dogs, but I know that 3 dogs just wouldn't work logistically, financially, etc. 

    As PP said, there are tons of great dogs that need homes, so if it's right for you, go for it!

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  • I usually only lurk but I would like to offer my two cents:

    Pup 1 is six years old and having a hard time dealing with one boisterous pup; bringing in two will probably drive pup 1 mad.

    Pup 2 could be fine like PP said with some time at the local dog park, doggie daycare or a local doggie day spa every once in awhile (the type that doesn't crate). I think pup 2 would be just fine with some outside social time. Do you have friends that you could set up a play date with? That really helps my Bichon out alot - I take him to my neighbor's house so he can play with their Jack Russel and he comes back exhausted! My much older adopted Pekignese enjoys the time he's gone - he has time to socialize with other dogs and they had time to miss each other so they spend the rest of the night curled up napping together.

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