Help! I currently own a very personable/social and well-trained lab (1.5 years) and I am considering getting another. Both would be female. Am I crazy? Will I be upsetting the balance we currently have? Can I maintain the Alpha position? I have read that you are supposed to allow each dog its own personal time, is this correct? What things do I need to consider?
First off get a male puppy. They are on seperate totam poles and if they do fight it is usually over as soon as it starts. Well a fight between same sex can go on till death. Even if you do get them broke up they can always contuine to try and clime that ladder and be top dog.
Second you just have to make sure that both of them know you are alpha.
Has your lab been around other dogs?
If you do end up with another female. Then deffintly do not leave them alone together when you are not home. Otherwise you could come home to a blood bath. With one or both dogs needing stitches or being put down.
When you bring the puppy home it would be good if you had an area to block off like the kitchen or some place. That you can put the puppy and let your older dog get use to it though a barrier. That way the puppy will be safe, but the dogs can still have some contact. If that goes good then put the older dog on a leash and let the puppy out. Having the puppy on a leash might not be a bad thing either, but most puppies aren't use to leashes when you first bring them home. So that might cause more problems then just having the adult on a leash.
Good luck. Some dogs do good with small puppies and others need the puppies to grow up a little first. So just watch them and see how they do together. If the puppy seems to be annoying the older dog then seperate them and play with the puppy yourself to waer it out some.
Yes, my current lab is always around other dogs(dog park, friends/family dog play dates). She is super social and just loves to be around other dogs. Never leave them alone together???? Is there no way two female dogs with an age difference of 1.5 years can get along?
It can work, but it would be much easier with a male. I have three females and they get along wonderfully, and one male that has major same sex aggression issues (hence the three girls). It all depends on the personality of each dog and your ability to remain alpha. Not all male dogs mark and hump. Mine never has.
if you get a male dog neutered by about 6 months, you probably will never have a problem with your dog marking in the house. I actually have an unaltered lab and he's *never* marked in the house... he's never even attempted it, in fact.
When I bring a new baby into the house I of course keep it seperate from my other dogs at least until we see the vet to make sure the new puppy has no illness to pass on to the other dogs....worms etc.
Then I let the new puppy meet the other dogs with a barrier between them for the safety of everyone since you just never know if one of the older dogs will get upset or the puppy will try to play and get in "trouble" with the other dogs....then after a couple of days I let them be together with me at all times. I let the new puppy out to potty with the other dogs but I go too...after a week if all goes well I let them out alone and just watch/listen from the house for any problems....I have never had the older dogs not accept a puppy that was introduced to them this way.
As for your alpha status, as long as you require the new puppy to behave like you do the older one you shouldnt have any problems.
Having had males for years they are just as easy to house train and live with as females. If you get them "fixed" often times they will never start to act like a true boy dog...LOL,