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Old 02-01-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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We have an almost 2 year old dog and we are thinking of getting a second dog. We've been looking at petfinder and our local shelters but haven't found the right one yet.

We crate trained our first dog and he was good at it. Now he doesn't need to be left in his crate anymore while we are away. I was wondering if we do add a second dog to our family, how do we crate train her/him? Should we crate our first dog too while we are away? Or leave our first dog out and just crate the second dog? Also about sleeping arrangement. Our dog sleeps with us in our bedroom. Should we continue with this, or put him also in his crate while the second dog still need to sleep in his crate (in separate crate, of course).

I'm just trying how to figure it all out before we add the second dog.

Thanks in advance for your response.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:36 PM
 
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Both dogs should go in their own separate crates. Any types of dominance/aggressive issues in multi-dog households can be aggravated by letting dogs sleep on the bed or couches and chairs. You can let the dog on the couch, but only when invited. Those areas are reserved for the pack leader.

Start by putting the new dog in the crate for only a few hours at first. Put a special toy in there, so you can make it a pleasurable experience for the dog. Make sure the dog gets lots of exercise first, so he can go in there and take a nap. Also make sure the crate has ample room to stand up and turn around in.
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Old 02-02-2009, 05:52 AM
 
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If the first dog is trustworthy and hasnt been crated for some time, I'd prob. just crate the 2nd dog but I might crate that dog in a different room (in the kitchen or bedroom away from the first dog) when you go out so as not to upset the 2nd dog if it constantly sees the first dog roaming around the house (am thinking it might get frustrated). Would do the same thing for bedtime sleeping, dog #2 needs to earn your trust, it just doesnt seem fair that dog #1 would have to also, all over again. Hopefully both will be fine in your bedroom (w/ #1 uncrated and #2 crated). I know this contradicts what I posted about one crated and one uncrated but #2 may be tired and settle right down, esp. if #1 is on the calm side and settles down quickly in his dog bed (probably a quick walk before bedtime would help, nothing too long as you dont want to overtire them). Would try that for 2-3 nites and if it's not working out, would probably move #2's crate to another room. As #2 gets a bit older and more reliable, would probably 'graduate' him from the crate and would put up a baby gate to keep both in your bedroom at nite so as to prevent any wandering at nite. Hopefully dog #2 will be a quick learner.
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:01 AM
 
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Honeycrisp is right. The dogs should be isolated for several days at first...
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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If the first dog is trustworthy and hasnt been crated for some time, I'd prob. just crate the 2nd dog but I might crate that dog in a different room (in the kitchen or bedroom away from the first dog) when you go out so as not to upset the 2nd dog if it constantly sees the first dog roaming around the house (am thinking it might get frustrated). Would do the same thing for bedtime sleeping, dog #2 needs to earn your trust, it just doesnt seem fair that dog #1 would have to also, all over again. Hopefully both will be fine in your bedroom (w/ #1 uncrated and #2 crated). I know this contradicts what I posted about one crated and one uncrated but #2 may be tired and settle right down, esp. if #1 is on the calm side and settles down quickly in his dog bed (probably a quick walk before bedtime would help, nothing too long as you dont want to overtire them). Would try that for 2-3 nites and if it's not working out, would probably move #2's crate to another room. As #2 gets a bit older and more reliable, would probably 'graduate' him from the crate and would put up a baby gate to keep both in your bedroom at nite so as to prevent any wandering at nite. Hopefully dog #2 will be a quick learner.
I don't really want to put #1 back in his crate. But feel bad for dog#2 if he sees dog#1 roaming around freely while he's in his crate.
So your suggestion of putting the dog#2 in a crate but in a separate room while we're away makes total sense. Thanks.
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