We have a 4yr old Norfolk Terrier and have just been told by her breeder that there is a Norfolk puppy available early December. Which is exciting but I need to do a sense check before we talk to the kids. It's an already busy household with 3 kids, both working full time (but with a full time nanny). Our current dog is v cuddly and a wee bit needy and could probably do with a companion. However, she is not super friendly with other dogs (can get a bit irritable when they come up and sniff her, depending on her mood). So, am thinking: would another dog would be good for her for company and to socialise her before she gets too old and set in her ways OR would it be a potential disaster and might having two dogs be more trouble than it is worth? Please help me make a decision. Photo of pup is super cute!
I say yes. Dogs love company even if they can ignore them. Just make sure your current dogs gets somewhere to escape to. I grew up in a busy house with 2 dogs and 2 parents working full time and I loved it. Look at the Wee face ❤️
CMOT probably quite a bit yes (would need to speak to her too!) The kids are all at school during the day though so she has lots of time, apart from school run and when we've mentioned it before she seems pretty unphased. Also if it is December we can take some time off over Xmas.
I find that puppy phases are ever changing - toilet training, followed by teething, followed by a stroppy adolescent and so on.. lasting about a year. Much better with good consistent training than if they are just brought up by the other dog. I enjoy the puppy phases but it seems I’m on my own on MN! Those pups are too cute!
If your older dog doesn’t like dogs having one foisted on her in her house isn’t necessarily going to change her mind . My dog is not a dog lover , he’s a people person and for that reason he stays a single dog . If the breeder hadn’t contacted you would you have been considering a second dog ?
Thank you for all your replies. Yes we have been thinking about a second dog on and off for a while but keep putting it off as it seems an unnecessary addition and people look at me like I am mad when I mention it (like “haven’t you got enough on your plate?!”) But visions of our current dog having a little friend are what keeps me going back to it . Will speak to kids and nanny and take it from there .. the cute pictures didn’t help rationale decision making!