Ah yes, ANOTHER post about getting a second dog! I'm sure you are thrilled!
Franklin is turning 1 year old in a week and I could not be happier with him! He is solidly trained in everything that I feel is important (housebreaking, sit, stay, come, and knowing basic home rules and routines) as well as some cute tricks like spin to the left/right!
I've wanted a second cavalier for months now and I think that Franklin would love to have some company while I work! I work a normal 8 hour day (and I only live about five minutes away from home ) but I always feel guilty leaving him alone in the morning. I do sometimes come home and spend my lunch break with him because I live so close, but it's not something I can do every day.
Other than work, I usually spend all of my free time with him. We snuggle while I'm on the computer and visit either the dog park or a local grassy park AT LEAST three times a work-week if not every day. Every sunday we have a big outing to dog beach! The short of it is that he gets LOTS of exercise and attention and there is plenty to go around for a second.
Now for my concerns, questions:
1) My Franklin is absolutely PERFECT. We have the most wonderful relationship together and he is so good when it comes to helping me water our plants outside without darting down the stairs and with cuddling at night and basically being a dream. I am worried that another puppy could change that somehow, when he's not an only child!
2) My roomate's dog is less than perfect, to say the least. We have a large two bedroom apartment and share the living area between our rooms. My room and area is large enough (private entrance and all) that we are not constantly interacting with her dog but when we hang out and eat dinner or watch movies the dogs interact and play. She has a beagle mix who is not housebroken and seems to relish in peeing on the sofa/floor despite her best efforts. Will it be harder for her to learn, even with Franklin's good example, with this going on in the living room? Also, and this is what I am most worried about, her dog plays ROUGH. Snarling, biting, growling and making really mean/scary noises when he plays. Franklin doesn't mind and plays back but we have to pull off her dog sometimes because he gets carried away. I'm worried he could scare her or teach her bad habits when it comes to being socialized and playing.
Any advice/opinions on those concerns would be wonderful!
I already have the breeder picked out and have been watching the babies grow up since they were born. I have first pick of the females and so far they are just adorable! They are all blenheim ladies which is exactly what I wanted! It will be several weeks/months before the babies are ready but I'm trying to think about all this ahead of time.
Thanks in advance!!