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What's it like having 2 young goldens? I need advice!

Hi Everyone -

My husband and I are currently parents to our little girl Lola who will be 1 year next month We are so in love with her, and in love with dogs in general that we're thinking of getting another puppy. We'd love to have another for her to play with since she LOVES other dogs so much. I'm just wondering who at there has 2 and what the experience has been like. I'm a little overwhelmed thinking of doubling everything, but have heard from people that if anything it can be easier since they do end up entertaining eachother? Any thoughts/advice is greatly appreciated

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I love them in multiples. I would not recommend getting a second while the first was under a year of age as there is a lot of fundamental training that needs to be done in that first year to set a good foundation. But since yours is a year old, this is a good time to start looking.

The first two I had together were half-siblings. Juniper was 22 months old when Winter came home, and having her made his transition really easy. The caveat was that I did have to consciously make the effort to have individual training time with both of them so she didn't just train him, and he bonded to me as well. That part worked well--he is very much my dog (and is laying at my feet right now.) Turns out, he was also very much bonded to her as well, as he has been rather clingy and mopey since she passed a month ago, even with three other Goldens and a Cavalier in the house. My other dogs have been less affected by her passing, as they are accustomed to being part of a larger pack, whereas Win and Juni had three years as just a twosome. Winter is back left in my sig picture, which is from Christmas, and Juni second from right in the front. Girly back right is Breeze, and the boy front right is her 4yo son Butch, girl second from left in front is her 2yo daughter Bonnie, and the girl on the far left is her granddaughter Wings , 11 mos(her mom is Butch's sister who lives with friends most of the time.)

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There are a lot of people on the forum that have more than one and I hope that other will give their experiences.
I think that with goldens, the more, the merrier.
I have 3 older girls. last September I got Alli and in January I got Hanna. When I got Alli, the older girls did a great job training her and showing her the ropes. My dogs are very low energy and really helped to keep the new pup calm. When I got Hanna, it really increased Alli's energy level. They play and rough house together and when they get too crazy, I put Hanna on a leash or in her playpen. Both pups have learned to have an off switch.
I think that it is easier if you have an older dog that is very well trained and socialized. Don't get a puppy to fix problems in an older dog but a well trained older dog can be a valuable resource in training a new pup.
There are other things to consider. You will have double the vet bills, double the food bills, double the dog poop to scoop, double the training time, (each should have their own individual training sessions) double the dog hair. You get the idea.
You also get double the love and double the laughs.
Hope this helps with your decision.
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thank you so much for the responses so far!!! your pups are BEAUTIFUL! what great crowds We wouldn't be looking to get the puppy until around september right now so Lola would be a year and a half and she is already so well trained. I think I can handle double of everything....I THINK (haha). This is a very big decision, I just want to make sure I've done my homework..
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I have had had up to three dogs at once. Personally, I could not have a puppy again until my youngest dog was at least two years old. Training is coming along by then, and the dog is a little more mature. They certainly love each other’s company, that is for sure!

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Lauren, if the older dog is between 2 and 6 - preferably between 3 and 6 - you wouldn't believe how EASY it is raising a puppy.

I was laughing when I went to class yesterday, because on my right side I had Jacks who was heeling along perfectly as I crossed the agility floor to go to the obedience area. And then on my left (my strong side) I had little airbud Bertie who was springing and leaping and twirling around and wiggling and vibrating and in a huge rush to get to the training area (he was under the delusion he was going to be trained last night instead of his brother).

Right now all the muscle-needed training is focused on Bertie. Jacks has been trained for years and is very obedient and a good influence on the puppy who is starting to pick up good habits from him.

Good example is when I eat - Jacks is trained to go lay down and sleep until I put the plate on the floor for him. Bertie is now exhibiting the same behavior. Border training and comes are another issue that have been effortless because the older dog.

When the older dog is a lot younger and less proofed, you can sometimes have them slipping on training. Especially since the owner will be trying to get the puppy trained through all the crazy stuff puppies do.

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What's it like having 2 young goldens? I need advice!

I currently have 3 dogs. misty is my 9 year old husky, she helped with a lot of training for my other two. Sammy is my female golden who is almost 2.5 years old. cooper is my male and he's almost 1.5 years old. with my goldens at times for training it was a little difficult since at the time I brought cooper home Sammy was a little over a year and still had some training that we needed to focus on. I just made sure they each had separate training and separate exercising for the first little while. I love having multiple dogs and probably always will have at least 2.

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