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Am I Mad to Think About Getting Dog no.3?

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WoodRose Thu 26-May-11 16:09:32

I currently have a male BC (13 years) and a female BC puppy (7mos). I have seen a lovely springer female on a rescue website - 3 years old and described as docile. I am smitten and can't stop thinking about her.

However, I am worried I may be biting off more than I can chew. Although BC puppy goes to weekly training, there is still room for improvement. She is better behaved than a lot of dogs we meet on our walks, but my control of her is, IME, very much a "work in progress". Would getting a 3rd dog, albeit a docile adult dog, scupper BC puppy's training? I am assuming that the adult Springer will need training as well. How difficult is it to train 2 dogs at teh same time?

chickchickchicken Thu 26-May-11 18:33:28

i train my three dogs individually and at the same time. its very hard training them at the same time and i think you have to have all the basics there first. i would say that most training needs to take place on an individual basis. hard work but very rewarding

WoodRose Fri 27-May-11 15:24:41

Thanks for this chickchick. I think any hope of dog no3 has disappeared after BC puppy decided to have DH's blackberry as an after dinner treat last night.blush On the bright side, DH phoned to say he's going to be given an upgraded model.grin

chickchickchicken Fri 27-May-11 16:39:44

shock at blackberry. i would miss mine too though an upgraded model sounds good. at least you could genuinely say the dog ate it grin

silentcatastrophe Fri 27-May-11 19:27:59

I thought dog #2 had problems. We had a fantastic training school and although he is not perfect by a long stretch, he had such mountains to climb, and he's lovely. Dog #3 is a different kettle of fish altogether. Very good natured and lovely in lots of ways. He has no recall and can't be let off the lead, which frankly is a bloody nightmare, and he bolts if he has any chance at all. He has also just bitten a hole in dog #2. We are seeking professional advice about his behaviour. We have thought about re-homing him, but who is going to want a dog who runs off and bites holes in other dogs?
Our first dog (a bitch) is absolutely gorgeous and easy to look after. At the moment, we are looking for a trainer we can work with.
Some dogs are easier than others. 2/3 of ours are not easy!!!

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