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Is 3 Dallies too much?
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LylerDally



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:01 am    Post subject: Is 3 Dallies too much? Reply with quote

Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone could give me their opinions on having 3 dogs.

I currently have 2 Dallies and would like another one (mainly as I miss showing). I have only ever had 2 dogs at one time and I don't know if taking on another spotty is biting off more than I can chew.
My 2 current spots are so well behaved (after years of training!), calm and content with my routine. They walk nicely on the lead, recall great off lead and get along great with each other.

I've heard that 3 dogs act more like a 'pack' than 2 dogs.
The new addition would go through all the same training as the others but do you think 3 is too much? Would he/she not bond with me as much if he/she has a more doggy 'pack'?
All 3 would live in the house and I intend to walk all 3 of them on the lead together. Does this sound crazy or quite visable?

I've been thinking about getting another dog for months but I can't imagine myself with any other breed but a Dalmatian!

Thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I've had five dalmatians at one time, and been able to walk them all at once, I'd say three's not a problem! They've all bonded with the human family in different ways - one was very much my husband's dog, one thought the sun rose and set with my son, and so forth, despite me being the one who did most of the work with them! However it's surprisingly different to just having two, and your mindset does have to change.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have 4 Dals and 1 little xbreed. We walk ours either all girls together (3 Dals & 1 xbreed) and the big boy on his own, or in sets of 2 Dals and the old xbreed girl goes for a totter around the park with the kids. Hubby also takes them on his bike every other day, which they love!
If we are doing any kind of socialisation training ie through busy shopping centre, we take them individually.
Good luck with your decision Very Happy
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Maggi



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had as many as 5 and for a long time I had 3 and took then all to work with me!! I've always walked my dogs all together and it wasn't a problem. You do have to be in charge though. It is easier if your other two are older and and fairly well behaved.

One thing to consider is whether you go away much because kennels for 3 dogs is expensive, as is veterinary care etc. But is more a question of affordability than handling. So long as you give each dog a little individual time I think they all bond in their own way.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 4 and am considering keeping one more from my next litter. I usually exercise all 4 together, but in certain situations I do get two back on a lead to prevent a pack-like rush at people. I sometimes do 2 and 2, depending on how much time I have, or if I need to keep girls in season separated etc. Like you I spend a lot of time doing individual training and going to obedience classes and ring craft. There is definitely no difficulty in forming individual relationships with each dog. Good luck with your decision!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think only you can answer that question biased on your circumstances.
I love doing Agility, but canít do it with Faith (She is sick) so am doing it with an 11 yr old collie, who is very fit.
I have so many times wanted to take on a Third dog,,,,but I think for me, it has to be a No. and we shall remain a Two dog household.
Good luck though with your decision, Very Happy and hope things work out well.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think financially it could be a stretch and there again only you know your circumstances, but they do start to cost a lot more as they get older, with medications ect. so bear that in mind.

I think if you want it to work it will do but obviously the dynamics change when you add another the same as when you go from one to two...there are advantages and disadvantages. I love having a pigeon pair....but having one oldie and one youngun is different again to having two dogs close in age as I did before.

Good luck and let us know what you decide.
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LylerDally



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finances I have tried to work out and apart from kennel stays, it wont be too much more to feed/insure/train another spotty.

Both of my current Dallies are neutered. I have a 5yr old bitch and a 3yr old male. I used to show my bitch but she had to be docked last year after she suffered an injury. As for my boy, he is deaf in one ear and isn't the brightest bulb! I take them to training classes still but I really want to get back into showing.

I figured now my boy is 3 it would be a good time to bring in a puppy as there woundn't be a huge age jump.

Hmm decisons!
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jabbadal



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have 5 and to be honest if you put in hard work when the puppy first arrives, you can prevent the 'more dogs acting as a pack' in most situations.
Ideally (if this is what you choose to do), the puppy will spend much more time with you than with your other dogs. You will train it seperately, walk it seperately and also have times in the house where the puppy is restricted (crate or puppy pen) and the others are not (and vice versa) for at least 6 months, but training and walking at least a year seperately in an ideal world.

Sounds like hard work, but what you are trying to prevent is that the puppy will automatically connect, communicate and enjoy the other dogs more, quicker and better than it will with you - after all they are the same species and talk their language. The first dog you get is easy - it only has you to connect with, but if a young puppy spends too much time with the other dogs, then it will not see you as valuable and worth paying attention to. Ideally the puppy is always spending more time with you than the other dogs, although of course through the day you will allow times for interaction and play with the other dogs as you will want them to get on well and the puppy will need to learn doggy language and dog to dog greetings etc.

The puppy will also learn and pick up things from your other dogs as well, which can be useful to you - not just the naughty stuff!! For example, one of my boys, I hardly ever had to teach a recall, as he learnt that every other dog came back when called, so he just followed suit!

If your other dogs are at an age where you feel you are happy with what they have learnt and are easy companions, then I think you are more likely to be in a position where another puppy could be added, but obviously you will be weighing up your personal situation, finances and time etc, to see if this decision is right for you.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, to have five is awesome x
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Sis in law has Five.
One Dally cross,One German shepard cross, Two Jack russels, and One Collie cross.
Phew, Surprised
She loves them all to bits, and seems to manage them all OK.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't have 5 again though. It was OK when I was younger but I'd find it too much now. Also I actually like going out, and going on holiday. I can easily find a dogsitter for 2 dog and afford kennels for my holiday but with 5 I couldn't.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree.
I suppose we are lucky having our Daughter still living with us, we are ok for the odd weekend away.
But anything longer and they come with us, Four birth caravan. The plan was that the dogs would sleep in the car at night.?? Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
We deff dont do kennals, Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:50 pm    Post subject: 3rd Dal Reply with quote

Funny this thread as I have been trying to get hubby to let me have a 3rd Dalmatian and this has made my mind up: more nagging as I will get that 3rd pup Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sandie, you're on the slippery slope! Once you have 3 you won't be able to stop! Wink Laughing
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