[b]I have a really well behaved cocker spaniel who is 100% house trained. I'm thinking about getting a Blue Heeler puppy mix. My cocker pretty much trained himself, he is my first dog as an adult and he is perfect, I don't know much about training, but he quickly understood what I tried to teach him without too much effort.
Now today I fell in love w/ a blue heeler mix puppy and am seriously considering bringing him home. My cocker would probably love a companion, and I do work from home so I can monitor their interaction and give them both quality time, my concern is that bringing a non trained puppy in the house could cause my cocker to regress instead of my cocker teaching the puppy the right way....Any suggestions on how to make this work, or am I better off not adding another puppy to my family???
If you have interest in a blue heeler mix, you had better have alot of time for his excercise. They are a herding breed, and extremly active. If you are used to the lazy cocker, this pup may be more then you bargined for. They do learn very quickly, but become board easily. You should do a little research on the blue heeler breed, just to see if it is what you want. You didn't mentioned what the pup was mixed with. Sometimes that can help. But as far as untraining your puppy it is unlikly. On occasion, a new pup will make the older one think it can get away with something and try it. Quick corrections usually settle that quickly. Good luck
Don't worry about your current furkid 'regressing'. Make sure if you do make the addition..that you still pay tons of attention to the cocker and make him feel special..maybe in the beginning taking him for a few long walks just the two of you, etc. Giving him additional treats, that sort of thing.
At the same time..don't just assume your dog will take care of the training! He probably will have none of it! My dog is older, and came preety much trained. I foster a lot, some have been puppies and he's wanted nothing to do with them for the most part..even if the dog stayed a month or longer!! then again, Albert is a bit anti social and bratty! I always dreamed of getting a second dog and that Albert would 'train' him for me. umm, not gonna happen!
Would you ever consider getting an older pup? That would ease a lot of the fears you are having..especially with the training. Even a dog that is a year old will a lot of times come trained and have developed their personality..
When I went to the shelter to rescue Shylo ( she was a year young), I brought my 6 year old Sage along with me. It was important to see that Sage would be ok with who we took home with us. There were a few before Shylo that she did not approve of. My suggestion would be to take your dog to meet the pup before committing to taking him home. I also think once you see your dog ok with the new addition that being home is a perfect opportunity to help train the pup without worrying about destruction and /or aggressive behavior. Believe me, I have had my share of the destruction end of the deal..... I am not lucky enough to work at home & keep an eye on them. Good luck
Hi, I also work from home and have two dogs (both from rescue shelters).
My vet is the one that suggested getting a puppy for Toby, then 15 years old, to keep him active. We found a 4 month old adorable maltipoo puppy who had been abused and had to have his hip removed. When we went to see him we brought Toby with us to make sure they would be OK together.
Toby was totally trained, and he is the one that actually trained the puppy. He immediately took his role as older brother very seriously. Today they are 17 and 2 and are absolutely best friends. Sometimes when we are in the country they run away together and walk side by side, very precious to watch.
Getting the second dog is the best thing we ever did.
I agree maltipoo, I have had Shylo for 8 months now ( she will be 2 in Sept.) & Sage ( who will be 7 in Nov.) is staying much younger & active with her little sister around. The relationship the two of them have is amazing & such a pleasure to see 2 very happy girls.
Quite often the behavior a rescued dog shows at first is vastly different than the temperament that comes out about a month later. I place all rescued dogs on a 30 day trial basis and if there are problems that can't be resolved then the dog is returned to me and the adoption fee is refunded. I would rather have the dog retuned to me than have the owners unhappy with it and possibly get rid of it later or the dog be kept crated or put in an outdoor pen . I like to keep dogs for several months after they come to me so I can do a realistic evaluation of their temperament and see what their needs are in the way of training and socialization. 99% of the dogs I have placed have stayed with the original adopters and have often had a second rescued dog added to the family.