Do you think that getting another dog when you already have one can change your pet's personality? My sister thinks that's true, but I'm not sure. I want to get a girl Bichon as a companion for my boy because he doesn't have a playmate and desperately needs one. Will he no longer be the angel and fireball of energy I know? xoxo, Dorothie
I know from personal experience that bringing another dog into my home did change my older female for a while.She became posessive of food and toys ,then after a month or so chilled out. I always keep them seperate when no one is home.Having a younger dog for her has actually been beneficial. The Younger dog keeps her moving,playful,active. When she's out side she runs and plays. The puppy keeps her social,which Tigger really needs.Inside Tigger has less tolerance and I have to watch her. You have to look at your pros and cons. Same sex dogs can cause same sex aggression. It's better to get a dog of the opposite sex.Now with my dogs I introduced them on nuetral ground first,then brought the puppy into my home.Pretty much they are fine,just a few grumbles. Mainly coming from Tigger. She's my grumpy old lady.Her grumpiness needs to be watched.
i have always had more than one dog in my household. throughout my one dogs lifetime we have brought home 3 dogs. his personality never changed. none of our dogs personalities have changed when we have brought home other dogs. they always seemed to enjoy their new companions.
I want to get a girl. Frosty gets bored a lot because he has no one to play with. All he has are two cats, one of which is a big lump, the other who doesn't really like him, but they play because they have no one else to play with. They do try to kill each other. No, they don't, but they aren't nice to each other. I want him to have a little sister so he won't get bored.
i have a lab and each later dog i brought did not change her personality. if you have a dominant and territorial dog they may change. but your little guy would probably really enjoy a canine playmate, if he is accepting of other dogs.
I think it changes your dogs personality TEMPORARILY. They must establsih that all important ranking order..sometimes your older dog will feel threatened...but they seem to work it out, and in a few weeks, all is back to normal. I have 5 dogs..one of them has a harder time adjusting...all "change" for awhile..but soon, they all settle down and everything is fine.
When, then, is it too late to get a playmate and what age difference isn't too large? We can't afford another dog for a few months (unless I come up with some genius plan to make six hundred bucks in the next month), but I'm afraid Frosty will be too old (he's six months now) and will see her as a nuisance instead of a friend.
I think it will change your dog's personality. Your dog might become more aggressive and territorial to it's place. I think it's best to get them while their young, so they can be accustomed to each other.
The first pup I got Tigger was 3 ,when we had to pts Noey Tigger was 4 . Then Sadie died prematurely, we had her for 2.5 years.I wont get into that story . I thought she might have been getting to old for another pupper. It worked out fine.The pupper keeps her young and moving,playful,social,puppylike .Now Tigger is 7.All of them where puppers that I brought into my home.The oldest was Sadie ,she was 3.5 months old.
I think you would be fine in 6 months...or a year...whenever. They really do adjust. The one I have that is the slowest to adjust is 55 lbs...and NOW plays with my 5 lb puppy. He avoided her for almost a month, and was annoyed by her..but now they are getting along just fine. He is SO gentle with her, and plays with her like she is made out of glass. My other 3 have adjusted also...they all play together. If your careful to give your first dog lots and lots of attention when you get a new one...and not pay too much attention to the new one for awhile, then slowly equal it out...it will all work out just fine.
I found a breeder who will have puppies available in July (by then they'll be two months) and Frost will be ten months. Is that a huge difference? On second thought, as puppies they may not be able to play too well, but that's just the present. They might make good companions for eah other in the future. I keep forgetting that healthy dogs can stick around for years and years. Anyone agree with my thinking, or am I mixed up in too much dogginess? Would it be dangerous to hve a young puppy and older puppy together (keeping in mind that Bichon puppies and adults aren't a great size difference).
Sometimes dog do change when you bring in a new dog. It all will depend on the true nature of the dog you have now. If hes naturally more on the submissive side you'll probly have no problems if the puppy is also more on the submissive side. There wont be one story for each circumstance. Each dog is different. You have a bichon right? I bet you wont have any problems. You know what, I had Leeza first, I got Ozzy when she was about 5, I regret it because they really don't get along, she hates him.They fight often.But with his skin problems and the fact that his food costs about 70 a bag, I would never find a home that would be good enough. So he will stay till the day he dies.