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Old 27-10-2019, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Now that Bolli is "nearly" grown up we are thinking of getting another Girl. We took all the advice on here about not getting two Pups at the same time, but we would like to have another. I would like a rescue but OH says NO - He wants a Pup - So first question is there anything we need to look out for so Bolli doesn't feel anxious about a new Baby in the house. She is great with other dogs (if slightly over excitable - as we don't meet many here in the countryside!)
We are going to get her Spayed In January - should we wait until after that before getting a Newbie?

She is an incredibly loving dog and I just want to ensure that she doesn't feel displaced - so any advice from people who have done this would be hugely appreciated.

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You will never know if she feels displaced until you do it. Some dogs won’t like the newcomer regardless so you have to make sure YOU want a new dog.

I’ve got 5, one is 15 months, 1 7 months. It’s hard work, boy, is it. But they get on brilliantly.
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Now that Bolli is "nearly" grown up we are thinking of getting another Girl. We took all the advice on here about not getting two Pups at the same time, but we would like to have another. I would like a rescue but OH says NO - He wants a Pup - So first question is there anything we need to look out for so Bolli doesn't feel anxious about a new Baby in the house. She is great with other dogs (if slightly over excitable - as we don't meet many here in the countryside!)
We are going to get her Spayed In January - should we wait until after that before getting a Newbie?

She is an incredibly loving dog and I just want to ensure that she doesn't feel displaced - so any advice from people who have done this would be hugely appreciated.

Many thanks
Denise & Mrs B
As Maddie says, you won't know until you do it, whether or not Bolli will feel like she's having to share you. In my experience, and I have six bitches currently, as long as you put the time in then they are fine, Labradors don't seem to mind sharing their owners as much as some breeds.

Just about the spaying bit, I would say if you can hold off until she's at least 18 months then I would, personally. There's a lot more evidence now that early spay/neuter, before they are fully physically mature can cause health issues. As they are still growing at 1 year of age, this could potentially cause problems with growth plate closure, and, in turn, cause problems with their joints. The advice is more and more towards allowing dogs to mature fully before spaying/neutering these days xx
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In all the Labradors I've had I've only had 2 who did not take to the addition straight away. But in both cases after a couple of weeks all was fine. Labradors are a happy gregarious breed, they naturally like both people and other dogs. Particularly bringing a pup in you have a natural leader and follower.

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In all the Labradors I've had I've only had 2 who did not take to the addition straight away. But in both cases after a couple of weeks all was fine. Labradors are a happy gregarious breed, they naturally like both people and other dogs. Particularly bringing a pup in you have a natural leader and follower.

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How I recognise this dilemma

Really wished we'd got Cooper years before we did.

I was always concerned how she'd react as she's such a boss lady and took a lot of my affection.
Our dog walker at the time said Jude would be fantastic as she's just that sort and how right she was.
My current paranois is Cooper annoying her too much but when you study them closely I'd say more often tha not it's Super Jude who initiates the rough play just to prove she'll still the guv'nar!!!

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Thanks All for your advice - We will wait until next year and get over the Xmas festivities 1st then think about our Newbie. I know how much Bolli loves to be the centre of attention and she always will be - But we have enough room for two!
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Hi Tarimoor - Thanks for the advice on Spaying - I understand that 18 months is recommended now - I will speak to our Vets and see what they think. I have to be honest I haven't noticed any growth in the last month which is a bit weird as she seemed to grow weekly! and her knobbly Growth plates seem to have disappeared.. Maybe she is almost there anyway?
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Hi Tarimoor - Thanks for the advice on Spaying - I understand that 18 months is recommended now - I will speak to our Vets and see what they think. I have to be honest I haven't noticed any growth in the last month which is a bit weird as she seemed to grow weekly! and her knobbly Growth plates seem to have disappeared.. Maybe she is almost there anyway?
It's growth plate closure that happens later as I understand it, which is triggered when they meet sexual maturity. It will depend on the individual dog how much you can physically see them grow, one of my now oldies seemed to be all legs until she was three years old, then she suddenly filled out.
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Long bone growth plates in Labradors tend to close at around 14 months, so 18 months is a safe margin. But there is really no rush, tackled with just a little thought seasons are no problem. These days I tend towards 5 years old.
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