Second puppy?

by Kristine
(California)

I have a 5-month old coton male puppy and am in line to get a second one in three months. Would it be better to wait until my first puppy is older before I bring home a second puppy? Nico likes other dogs just fine, but absolutely loves humans. Maybe I should wait until he has matured a bit more?

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Mar 16, 2021
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Second puppy thoughts...and other stuff...
by: Gigi

Hi Kristine,

My Coton Winnie lLOVES all the dogs. She goes to day care one day a week to get her "play on," but I’ve often thought how lovely it would be if Winnie had a Coton friend to play with. Her energy is boundless . She just turned 1, and also loves her human,me.

Are you in N.Cali? I live in El Dorado Hills, what’re the chances were anywhere reasonable close to eachother?

I had two border collies a long time ago. As the previous commenter noted, they were more into eachother than their master and ended up being extremely difficult to train. I think your baby would prob benefit from growing up, settling in and then consider another puppy? All households snd pups are different tho. Good luck and have fun with your sweet baby!

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by: Kristine

Thanks for your input. As I am a senior, the thought of two pups at the same time is not ideal but I don't like the thought that Nico would be lonely when I leave him alone. Nico is very much human-oriented and doesn't seem to care much about other dogs (although he enjoys his puppy class) and I am not away a lot (bike rides and shopping during the pandemic) so I think waiting and thinking about a second dog is not a bad thing.

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by: Anonymous

Just some thoughts on a second puppy for your coton. My husband and I used to have a farm. We first bought one black lab and then decided to buy a second lab. We discovered that the two dogs loved each other and played and lived well together. However, the first lab taught the second one behaviors that didn't work well for the farm animals.

Puppies entertain each other. That can mean they don't bond the same as a single dog does with humans. I would encourage you to find out about the relationships with dogs as companions compared as dogs and humans being companions. A vet I imagine would be your best source or a dog trainer would be another informed source to make your decision. I know that cotons are very people oriented dogs rather than farm animal dogs but still they are dogs.

In my experience with our labs, I learned that if I want a dog for a family companion it's better to get just one dog. Our coton is my mother-in-law's. We live with mom taking care of her. Minnie, her coton is Mom's shadow. They are very compatible together. They go everywhere with each other. I think that relationship is an important part of why she's almost 90. So, I would encourage you to think about how your pets fit into your family's relationship. Hope these thoughts help you in your search for an answer to your "second puppy" question for the family.

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