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Hi All!
Its been a long time since I have been on here and I have missed all the great advice and information that you can get here.

I have been thinking lately of getting another dog to be a friend for my year old Chivas. What I am worried about is he is VERY spoiled and used to being the only dog around. He loves to play with other dogs and has a "girlfriend" that he looks for everyday while he is at my parents house. You can't say her name in the house without him going crazy! Its hilarious to watch.
I know many of you have more that one dog and just wanted to get some advice. Does the first dog feel replaced or get jealous? Chivas is my baby and the last thing I would ever want to do is hurt him. I am thinking about getting an older puppy probably about 9 or 10 months. I am hoping to find one from the local golden rescue when I decide the time is right.
Any advice would be wonderful!!
Here are some pics of my big baby! :)
 

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I got a 2nd dog because, like you, I felt my dog Sam was getting very spoiled, overly dependent on me for 100% of my attention all the time, and he needed a friend. He is still very attached to me, but it's much less neediness now that we have 2. He did get slightly jealous at first.. he would butt in between us if I was giving cuddles to dog #2.. but even that was minor, no aggression issues or fights whatsoever. He was mostly just thrilled to have a friend in the house. The jealousy faded quickly though and they are best buddies.. I love having 2 dogs.. will never be a one dog household again :)
 

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Just wanted to add, we did adopt a dog older than Sammy. Sam was about 10 months old, and we adopted Dillon when he was 2 years old. That dynamic worked really well for us. I really feel it helped Sam calm down a bit, but Dillon was still young enough to really enjoy wrestling and playing as rough as Sam wanted :)
 

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When I added Caue here we had a few jealousy issues but we worked our way through that and they are best buddies now. The biggest thing I had to do was to pull up all the toys for a bit and slowly reintroduce them starting with the lowest value ones first.
 

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My Bama wasnt an only dog but I had two elderly dogs and I worried that he wasnt getting the experience of playing withsomeone his own age. But after my Beau passed away, I adopted Pawley and they play all the time and he isnt as needy as he used to be.
 
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