My bf and I currently have a 5 month old Chi, and have talked about getting him a playmate. My bf wanted to get another puppy, but I finally convinced him it would be too much work, and that they would possibly bond with each other more than us. So..I was contacted about possibly taking in a 6 year old Chi who needs rehoming. The owners want to find him a new home because he is "unpredictable with children", and they don't give him enough attention. They did say that he is very playful and energetic, but their other dog is a big ole lazy pittie who is as energetic as moss on a log. They think a pup would be good stimulation for him. Everything sounds fine at this point, but then they tell me he has separation anxiety, and is on a daily dose of Reconcile because he's anxious and barks while they are away.
I don't have any experiences with dogs that have SA, I was hoping someone would have some input/advice on this. Is it tough living with a dog in this condition? We live in apartment so I wouldn't want to annoy the other tenants. I'd love to help the owners out, and get a buddy for our lil guy, but I don't want to be in over my head. Our pup barks and whines when we first leave but he is used to being crated and calms down, so I don't mind working with a dog that will bark 10-20 minutes when we leave, as long as it doesn't continue or he doesn't tear up the place while we're gone.
Sooo..what should I do?
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. ~Ben Williams
Probably not the best of idea to have a dog with SA in an appt with others around. I would rather see you get a dog without it, then to see you be asked to move somewhere else. Not only that but if you get this dog, then it can teach your 5 month old to have SA. I would continue searching