I've got one dog, a 2-year-old, intact male (because he's still showing) Basenji. He doesn't much care for being left alone...although he tolerates it much better than he did when we first got him at one year old, where he lived among humans and a bunch of other dogs (he was never left alone 'til he came to live with us).
He's my baby, and I love him to pieces, and he loves me to pieces. I've been thinking about getting him a companion (can't have cats, DH is horribly allergic). I'm just not sure it's the right thing to do. I'm pretty sure he'd be glad for the company when we're not home, but I'm worried about jealousy issues when I am home. He's a one-person dog, and that person is me. If we got another dog, I'd also be the primary caregiver for her--that's a done deal--DH wants no responsibility when it comes to dogs. (He likes my boy and cuddles him, but provides no caretaking for him.)
Should I add another dog? Your thoughts are appreciated!
One major point, is that Kiba has been doing really well listening to me when she gets mad at the cats. She's doing much better not tackling them all the time. One of our cats, Whiskers, she desperately tries to play with, but just ends up getting scratched and then the cat runs away after getting pounced on too many times.
She also does really well with my friends other schnauzers, always playing. So it's more of a companion for her, (for me too though!!!!)
our gsd is ten years old. he prefers to lay around the house. when we got our first frenchie, we thought they would be companions but harley still prefered to be left alone. once in awhile they would play together. but it was very seldom .rocky was a playful pup, full of energy and although we spent alot of time playing together, we felt he needed someone more on his level. sooo we bought annie. its the best thing we ever did. they bonded right away and keep each company. they follow me everywhere and we all play together, but when i tire out, he still has annie to play with him. there was a little bit of jealousy at first, but i made sure i gave them both the same amount of attention and loving . now i just have two on my lap instead of one.
When you have one child, how do you decide if you want another one? Do you decide to have another baby just to give the first one a companion? Or because you really want another child in your life to nurture? I don't have dogs, but I thought I'd offer that as another way to look at the situation.
They are social pack animals, I'm not suprised he is pineing away. As with any dog, there are loner sighthounds but most of them are very very social, espcally with their own breed. He would probably be delighted to have another Basenji come into the house.
We got our second dog after going around and around about it. Our first Min Pin, Georgie, loves dogs so much and needed someone of her own size and physical abilities to play with. That is why we decided on another Min Pin that we thought would be around the same size.
They get along great. The biggest jealousy issues are with Jackson. He wants to get all the attention.
It took a few weeks to really get to be buddies but she liked having someone to play with right away. Of course, I already knew that she liked other dogs.
I would make sure you introduce them in a neutral territory before brining a new dog home but I would certainly recommend it. They still love our attention but also love to play together.
Good luck!! And look closely at the new dog's disposition before deciding on a second dog. I would look for a more submissive personality.
Even if there is some jealousy, which they will be, I would made sure he is always loved, fed and everything first. Max is always given even his vitamins, treat, or anything first before Mandy and Tina. He is really jealous of Tina, not so much Mandy. I will pat him and love on him at the same time I'm loving her and it has really helped.