We own an 11 year old gorgeous lab cross that is happy to laze around all day. He loves his pats, watching the kids play and short walks.
I'm at work 3 days a week and sometimes it's hard on those days to give him attention.
Would adopting another senior lab (9yrs approx) be a good idea to give him some company?? Or would my dog enjoy the time to himself.
I need some advice based on own experiences.
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31-07-2016 06:15 #1
31-07-2016 08:05 #2
31-07-2016 08:12 #3
Honestly I wouldn't. We had an old lab cross when i was a kid and my brother who lived at home got another dog and it was a disaster. Admittedly it was a puppy who wanted lots of attention and our old girl hated her. You could just tell. He nipped at her and barked and would really push her around.
She died not long later and we always felt dreadful that her last few years weren't peaceful.
Even with an older dog you run the risk they won't adapt and it will be miserable for him. Rehoming a 9 year old dog would be hard.
One thing I've done when feeling our dogs don't get enough attention is ask a teenager to take them walking (for a small payment). If you found Someone trust worthy they could come after school for an hour or so to break up the afternoon.
31-07-2016 08:42 #4
Has he ever lived with another dog previously? Or does he enjoy other dogs company at friends houses or the dog park etc?
Our older dog is a younger than yours (she's 8), she was miserable since her friend died when she was 5, last year we were able to get her another friend (10 weeks old), he annoyed her at first but she got used to him within about 3 or 4 months and she has been so much happier every day since. Previously we adopted a 4 year old spaniel from the RSPCA for company for our standard poodle who was 10, and that worked out great (but again our poodle had grown up with another dog, who had passed away a month or so earlier).
It might work (particularly if you're looking at an older dog - and what a wonderful thing to do btw) if you can test the dogs out together first and see how they get on, and perhaps have the new dog on a trial basis for a little bit first to see if they get on.
I think if he's never lived with another dog previously it may be too big a change at that age???
31-07-2016 08:48 #5
Agree with @bezzy his personality would come into it a lot. If he enjoys the company of other dogs another senior dog might be great.
My senior is almost 14. We have 2 dogs but they don't really get along. I know for her, she would be super grumpy if another dog came into her life now, but she's always been very selective about which dogs she gets along with.
Is there an option for a trial period with a new dog? If they love it it would be so lovely for them both in their senior years!
31-07-2016 08:52 #6
I wouldn't. Labs are so big and lazy when they get older; he's probably loving the quiet time on his own. I know we had one when I was younger and she used to love lying in the afternoon sun and would lie there and look at me when I tried to get her to fetch the ball
Also remember poorly trained labs can be soooooo destructive; you don't want to adopt one that is going to cause you heaps of stress due to not being trained.
31-07-2016 09:02 #7
Maybe "no" for now then. Let him live his last remaining years in peace.
31-07-2016 09:05 #8
31-07-2016 09:08 #9
What about an older cat (if your dog has had experience with cats, and you can get a cat who has been around dogs)? Our dogs get on great with our cats and enjoy a lay together. But they're not direct competition so to speak and can do their own thing if they want, or be together when they want??
Again it all depends on whether your dog likes cats!
31-07-2016 09:42 #10
I look at it this way. He's the equivalent of a 77 year old man. Would they suddenly want company? Probably unlikely.
I agree if they are used to the company of another dog then it's possible but otherwise I think you're right to let him enjoy his older years.
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