Thinking of rescuing a second dog, but I have multiple questions?

Okay so I have a few questions, and whoever gives a good answer to all of them gets the best answer! I currently have an 8 month old Golden Retriever male named Sunny, and I love him dearly. He is neutered! For the most part he is very well behaved. He knows obedience, lots of tricks, he has no aggression at all, he doesn’t bark, he’s house-trained, etc. The only behavioral problems that he has are jumping (on people, cats, other dogs), and, we can’t leave him alone in the house because he bugs the cats, gets into stuff he shouldn’t, and jumps on the couch, which he isn’t allowed on at anytime. He is crate trained, and we have to put him in the crate when we leave the house. I think most of this is due to puppy hyper-ness, because he has never been allowed to jump, and has never been positively reinforced to do it.
I’m thinking about rescuing a second dog, but I want to know if it would be beneficial to Sunny, or detrimental. This dog is, by most standards, a "perfect" dog. She is an older dog, about 8 years old, and she is in good health. The lady that owns her has to give her away because she started a daycare in her home, and the licensing won’t let her have pets. The dog is extremely well behaved, she doesn’t bark, doesn’t jump, is extremely affectionate, gets along great with kids, dogs, and cats, and is basically one of those dream "family" dogs that everyone dreams about. And you can leave her out when you leave the house! I don’t know her name or what breed she is, because I just found out about her today. All I know is that she is a larger breed, because she’s about the same size as Sunny, who is nearly full grown.
So I want to know, what’s it like having two dogs? Is it harder, easier, or the same? I mean, I’m sure it depends on the individual dogs, but just answer in general. And I’d also like to know, with this dog being older, calm, and gentle, could she have a positive influence on Sunny? Like, could she sort of help teach him to calm down, and have good manners? I know dogs learn by example, so if Sunny sees her being good and calm, and not jumping, would he figure it out faster? We are due to have a baby in September, so I’d like Sunny to stop jumping really soon!
Just to clarify, I wouldn’t be adopting this dog solely to help Sunny, that would be ridiculous! I love animals, and this dog sounds really sweet and affectionate, which is an added bonus. Let me know what you honestly think please! Thanks!
*Sigh* I knew there would be some dumb answers. Sunny IS trained, if you read the question, he has never been allowed to jump, and never been rewarded for it. If you’re so smart, how do I stop him from jumping? He doesn’t jump on anyone in my family, because we turn around and ignore him until he is sitting calmly. But he gets so excited when he sees other people, that he jumps up to greet them. Every time I pull him down and make him sit before I allow the other person to pet him, but it hasn’t worked yet. Sheesh!
Weimaraner Mom, it’s people like you that make me want to stop using this site. If you read my entire question, you wouldn’t have said half the things that you did. I CLEARLY said that I wouldn’t adopt the second dog primarily to help Sunny, that would be an added bonus. I also said that I don’t expect her to "train" Sunny, that would be ridiculous. I just asked if she could help the training work better. You’re insults by calling me lazy and telling me I’ve given up are unfounded, and I really don’t appreciate it. I never once blamed my dog, so why are you blaming me? I can’t believe you became a top contributor giving answers like that. I AM completely ignoring my dog until his paws are on the ground. That’s why he doesn’t jump on me or my family. The hard part is getting guests and strangers to do the same. However, I am actively seeking assistance with this matter, and am constantly working to meet our goal of having a non-jumping dog. He already is my dream dog, no matter what!

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11 Responses to “Thinking of rescuing a second dog, but I have multiple questions?”

  1. noltar says:

    We’ve always had 2 dogs (or more LOL). Once you get past the initial socialization you will feel like family (unless either dog has real issues but they both sound like normal family pets). I’d say you sound like a good dog owner & Sunny will love you for giving him a big sister to play with – most dogs do! Good luck!

  2. Weimaraner Mom says:

    the answer is NO, this dog will not "train" sunny to be the ideal dog that you’ve always dreamed of. Only continuous obedience training will make sunny the dream dog. Honestly this just sounds like lazyness on your part that you can’t be bothered to train him properly or you’ve given up out of frustration because how you are training him isn’t working. Don’t blame the dog blame the trainer. And getting another dog will only give him company but it won’t stop him from jumping on the couch, jumping up or stop chasing the cats.

    First of all you have a retriever who is a prey driven dog, cats are prey to a dog so it’s his nature to "track" them.

    Secondly you say you’ve never "reinforced" the jumping but if you’ve given it ANY sort of attention, eye contact, verbal reprimands, squeezing paws, kneeing in the chest etc or YOUR GUESTS have allowed him to jump, then you’ve reinforced this behavior. Only ignoring 100% will stop this behavior from occuring. When you enter the house you need to pretend you don’t own a dog AT all, even if he jumps, barks lunges etc you need to walk in the door and keep walking go about your business and pretend he does not exist. and only when he has ALL FOUR PAWS on the floor is when you greet, and ONLY then. That way you are reinforcing the paws on the floor, EVERYONE in the house must do this, over time if you are consistent he will learn that jumping = no attention. It does work if you are consistent and patient. The new dog would just stand there wagging her tail and your dog sunny wouldn’t be paying her any attention whatsoever, he’s not going to care that she’s standing nicely waiting for attention. Your guests and visitors MUST do the same thing, otherwise giving inconsistent messages [sometimes yes, sometimes no] will make the jumping continue. Another method is you need to work on him sitting at the door quietly BEFORE guest are permitted to enter the house. If he gets up or RUSHES the door you must close it and not allow guests to enter. He has to learn that only when he’s sitting calmly will guests be allowed to enter the home, then he must remain in a sit as they walk by. Only constantly practicing these methods with a friend will train your dog and stop this behavior. Remember, if you’ve pulled him off and forced him to sit then you’ve given him attention, even negative attention is attention to a dog.

    Bringing in a well behaved dog will not fix any of your dogs training issues, if that were the case my Weimaraner would have been better behaved growing up if she learned from my sisters dog. Only exercise and years of consistent obedience training have made my Weimaraner a wonderful NON jumping enjoyable dog.

    So if you want to save a life by adopting the dog then go for it, but don’t adopt her if your primary reason is in the hopes that she will train your dog to be better behaved only training will do that.

  3. Ms Manners says:

    I think dogs do better when they have a buddy, especially if they are alone all day. I have had at least two dogs for years, and I feel bad for only dogs….whose legs can they gnaw on, when they feel the need? :o)

    They do learn from each other – just make sure he doesn’t teach her his bad habits. And make sure both of them understand that the house belongs to you, not them, and that you are the leader.

    I think usually (not always) a male and female get along better than two females or two males, and she sounds like a real asset.

    I would say – go for it! :o)

  4. Krissii says:

    I had the opposite situation. We got a second dog primarily as a buddy for our first older dog, who suddenly hated being on his own. Having a second younger dog has been…. Interesting. While you have added bonus of not having to train either dog, in my experience, younger dogs rub off on older dogs. An older dog will keep the younger dog happy, and will teach it important lessons that we humans simply can’t teach them.

    I think the influence will go both ways. You will have the bonus of both being about the same size, and so if they get rough with each other, then you won’t be left any bad accidental injuries as a result of rough puppy play.

    This other dog sounds great. However, I suggest taking Sunny to meet the new dog before you make any definite decisions. Even the nicest dogs who have never shown aggression before can turn around and not like the company of another dog.

    Personally, I wouldn’t go back to having just one dog, I just wouldn’t. But it’s a lot of work, because you have to re-establish the way the pecking order is.
    Best of luck with your decision.

  5. Rotten Rotts says:

    The new dog will be a good companion for Sunny but I doubt she will teach him to behave.
    She might be more company when you are gone thus eliminating the wild child syndrome but I doubt that also.

    When Sunny starts to jump immediately put him in a sit. When he sits, praise him and treat him.
    You are letting him get away with it. Do not say anything or give any kind of attention when he jumps, step away and turn you back. Be persistent
    If you can’t trust him in the house crate him

    Good luck with your new girl

  6. literati_junky says:

    Sunny might be waiting for this calm dog to come in and show him the way. I have 3 rehomed dogs and they all turned out better than I had ever hoped for. Good Luck.

  7. Shanna says:

    Personally, I feel that 2 dogs are easier than one. When you are already walking and feeding one dog, adding 1 more isn’t much harder but they play together and keep each other entertained when you are busy. Well socialized dogs enjoy the company of other dogs and they can play together in ways that they can’t really play with you. My dogs enjoy chasing each other, wrestling and play biting each other, which that can’t really do with me. It’s also nice for them to have the company when you are gone….I think it cuts down on separation anxiety and can keep them from getting bored and getting into trouble when nobody is home.
    If you are up for the extra work and added expense, I think it’s a great idea to get a second dog.

  8. prettypoison says:

    My husband and I have two dogs. The only troubles we had were keeping them from fighting over food and toys. They are both crate trained and go to bed at the same time and get everything the same. They love each other and play well together…take your current dog over to meet her new possible sibling to make sure they will get along. As for the jumping up, one dog cannot teach another dog to not do that. When she jumps up simply turn your back and ignore her shes doing it for attention and if you show no attention they will not do it. Our pit/lab stopped jumping up within four days when we tried this. Also whenever you first enter the room or come home and let them out ask her to "sit" after awhile they will do it out of habit because they will anticipate you asking and will sit and wait for you to pet them rather than jumping up…

    Your current dog will have alot of enery and puppy like habits for almost the first two years. Our boston is just now calming down and being "big brother" to our 6 month old pup and he will be two at the end of this month. Just be patient and continue to work with them and reinforce good habits!

  9. DeeDawg says:

    it sounds like you should train your existing one before taking on another.
    a dog at 8 months old should not be jumping on people.
    if one of my 7 month old ABPT pups jumped on someone, i’d be positively MORTIFIED!!!

  10. vicbarx30 says:

    Two dogs is twice the work and cost. However two dogs also entertain each other, an older dog can be more calming on a younger dog.

    Watch the Dog Whisperer-Cesar Milan – he has great ideas.

    Just remember to treat both animals the same and enforce rules the same.

    It will take time but it will work.

  11. Melissa says:

    Sounds like a sweet dog! Often dogs are great companions to one another, and many times they grow very attached and friendly. It is, however, dependant on Sunny’s personality whether or not he will react positively to a new dog. From personal experience: I have a seven year old female border collie/golden retriever mix. She is friendly, laid back, and rarely barks. She is extremely sweet to people of all ages, along with children and babies. Except for one thing: she does not like other dogs, especially female ones. It is interesting because she came from the Human Society and had been living with a ‘foster’ owner who owned several dogs, and she got on very well. So, dependant on Sunny’s personality, he may or may not react positively to another dog in the house.

    It is possible that the nwe dog, who is older, more laid-back, and well trained, will have a good influence on the younger Sunny, whose personality is still shapeable due to his age.

    Two dogs will be more work than one in most cases, but a greater blessing! Having two dogs wil mean more feeding, bathing, walking, excercise/play, vet checkups, and more general time spent with the dogs. However, if you can handle another dog, then it will be wonderful to have another one!

    I hope this helps you!