Should I are Shouldn't I ?

@slickcut (8141)
United States
August 24, 2008 8:03pm CST
I have a long hair chihuahua ( sorry i know i probably spelled that wrong,any way she is adorable and we love her so much, she is 1 1/2 years old....She has been fixed and she is our baby..The problem is i sometimes think she is lonely...It is just the two of us and she is so spoiled..When i am on the computer she will lay on the bed & look at me..my husband is sick alot & she will lay on him in his chair...I do play with her & take her outside to potty & she will run around outside some but i am afraid she may be lonely for a playmate....What do you think? I know it will be hard to train another pet but if it would help my little girl it would be worth the effort..Now my husband said she would feel threatened & jealous,but i am not sure ....She has all the attention & she thinks she owns us & the house as well,and when my friend came over & brought her dog my "Tiny" refused to let my friends dog play with her toys,she would go grab them & hide them...She has only been around us,and sticks to us like glue if we take her anywhere...So do you tink shes ok or would she like a playmate..??????????
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
3 Sep 08
I wouldn't get her a playmate till she is socialised a bit. She is used to being the centre of attention and very spoiled...maybe a kitten would be better than a dog. Something tiny would be best I think for safety's sake. meanwhile, take her for walks so she can meet other dogs and get used to them. Sometimes there are special dog parks or areas set aside for dogs. Have you a neighbour or friend with pets you could take her to visiyt for short periods? I think it would be a mistake to simply introduce a new animal to the scene.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
3 Sep 08
After doing some thinking on this i am thinking you are probably right.I have tried a few things since I started this dixcussion and she thinks she is the center of our world & she does not like other dogs around us..I think she is just way to spoiled...
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
Make sure she meets other dogs and gets to say Hi, sniff a bit and even run and play. It's a good idea for dogs to know they are dogs, still part of the family but different to a human and therefore low on the pecking order. It's natural for them to live this way...not to be spoiled like a baby...lol. The thing is, she won't accept a new addition to the family happily...she will demand all the attention or become miserable or cranky because she has to share you. That simply would not be fair to her or the newcomer.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
25 Aug 08
You spelled it right. And after an initial adjustment period she would do fine I'm sure. I have two chihuahuas, a male and female, and they adore each other. Matter of fact as I type this both are sleeping by my feet. My little Abby is my spoiled baby like yours, where as Poco is my rowdy boy who likes nothing more than to rough house under the covers and play. I say go for it!
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
27 Aug 08
Did you get them at the same time? My husband said that if we had got them at the same time it would probably work...
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
27 Aug 08
No, I didn't get them at the same time, or even from the same breeder. They get along just fine.
@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
25 Aug 08
[i]Hi slickcut, ohhh...I am sure she needed a playmate, constant playmate! She will be more friendly to others if she will get used having another pet around! My Parents never tried to have a single pet...LOL! We always have 2 -4 dogs and it's always fun, I know you will always find time to train a new one! They are smart anyway and since you have already your "tiny" in most daily routine, she will also influence the new one![/i]
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
27 Aug 08
Well this puppy was rescured from an ice storm & she was just a few days old.We had to bottle feed her & we almost lost her a few times & she spent a lot of time at the vet..So she just adores us & sleeps between us at night,always watches every move we make..I would have gotten 2 at a time ,if i had of had a choice...she is one and ahalf and she goes around licking the wood furniture & she has tons of toys,but i was juat thinking she might be lonely..
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@metschica25 (5405)
• United States
25 Aug 08
Hey hey I have one too but she is part jackie too . she is also my baby and very needy, spoiled , and loving . she follows me everywhere . well you said your baby is spoiled so maybe she would be jealous by another dog . i know my fiance bought a pug and mine was all jealous and would fight to be the main dog . it is really up to you if you do . you never know she may love it !!!
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
27 Aug 08
oh she is so spoiled...I may be just going to try to borrow a puppy & see how it works...
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• United States
25 Aug 08
I had a dog for about 6 years before I got a new puppy. Our first dog was really upset when we brought the new one home.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
25 Aug 08
yes that is what i am afraid of.She hates to share...She is very selfish with her toys ,her food & with us...
• Canada
25 Aug 08
maybe what you could do is if you have friends or family that have a dog about the same size then maybe they could let you "borrow" their doggy for a few days. and bring that dogs toys and stuff over, then yours wouldn't have to share all hers. if your dog don't like the idea of the other dog there after the few days then you'll know she don't want a playmate. then if she does then you could go get another puppy. or you could go to your local animal shelter and see if you could foster parent a dog for a while and if it works out then you could adopt it.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
25 Aug 08
If i were to get another dog it would be a puppy or very young & i would go to a shelter to get it,and it would have to be a small dog,because when My "Tiny" sees a larger dog she runs & pees on herself,she gets scared...
@magna86 (1787)
• India
25 Aug 08
well daer.. its the nature of the dogs!! they do react like that when some other dogs enter their territory!!! so there is nothing to be worried.. just give her some time of yours.. make her feel that she is your favorite!! give her some attention!! take her for a walk daily!!! and she will be as obedient as you like!!! cheers!!
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
25 Aug 08
She loves people but hates other animals so i am not sure just what i might do..My husband is against it totally...
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
25 Aug 08
I'm sorry my dear friend but I'm on your husbands side. I have often thought I would like a playmate for our little 4 pound Maltese. I have however paid a lot of attention to how things are when we're around the grandchildren. I think the dog likes the kids and has certainly never shown aggression towards them, but as soon as I hug them or pull them to me my puppy is definately jealous. My kids have a little tiny puppy and same thing the puppies get along OK till either Dad or I pick up the other little puppy and that's just not cool. I have heard that it has upset these little dogs so much that in some, not all cases but in some it has upset the potty trained idea and even made the dog grouchie. For those reasons I am just going to settle for the little one we already have. We both feel like you and your husband about the love of your puppy. Face it they are our babies. Good luck in making your decission folks.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
25 Aug 08
Thats ok grandmaof2 , you could be right.When i am holding my little girl she growls when anyone comes near me too,she is very protective,,,and the way she acted when my friend brought her puppy over she played for awhile then she got really ugly when the other puppy touched her toys...My husband said had we got 2 at first it would have been ok but now that she rules the roost she might act up...
• United States
25 Aug 08
Dogs are pack animals so as long as her playmate is submissive (she sounds like an alpha dog) or even a puppy would be good.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
25 Aug 08
Its funny the way my "tiny" acts,she can sit on my husband all day & watches me,if i get up she follows me everywhere but if she is sitting in my lap ,she goes nuts if someone even gets near me..
• United States
25 Aug 08
It sounds to me like she's probably not that lonely, if she wasn't into playing with the other dog, but it's possible it was just THAT dog. Your baby might be perfectly happy being a lap dog - many small dogs are, and do not long for the companionship of other dogs. That said, if you really would like to get her a playmate, stick to something close in size so that neither physcially dominates the other. Try to socialize them together first, before buying or bringing home a new dog - if you buy from a breeder, that shouldn't be a problem as long as your dog is up to date on her shots and stuff. Breeders want their dogs to go to the best home possible! If you do get another dog, be mindful of not giving the other more attention than your first - it will make her jealous. It's possible that you'd do well buying a dog already housetrained, since that dog would require less attention from the start. Whatever you decide, best of luck! P.S. You spelled 'chihuahua' right! ;)
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
25 Aug 08
Everytime i mention her being lonely my husband says she is not lonesome she's just spoiled rotten.She goes to bed when we do & she gets a spot right between us & sleeps all night...She is more like a child than a dog..Maybe she is really not lonesome as i think.She seems happy but she also licks the furniture all the time, like the wood part & it makes me feel that maybe she is bored...