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Old 05-06-2013, 02:41 PM
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Well if Tyler and I stuck with Terriers we could probably have up to four, but because we are going to be adding a Boerboel that is both huge and expensive we will be sticking with two and perhaps adding another small terrier in a few years, maybe. With all the back country hiking and boating we do its going to be hard enough having enough room for a large mastiff.

If I lived on my own and was single the amount of dogs would probably be the same. I know I can handle more dogs on my own, but I am comfortable with two dogs.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:34 PM
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ETA: I could have lots if I never intended to take them anywhere or take them anywhere together, but when I'm out and about and doing stuff, I feel better able to watch just two or three as opposed to four or more when it's just me. Especially with my current dogs, because while the furry two tend to stay close, the Dobermans run here, there and everywhere and it's not very relaxing having to constantly watch for everyone all alone.
This is me too! Like, honestly, it's not a big deal at all at my dads house with the 3 little dogs (all <20lbs) but that's because they never go anywhere really. They have the big fenced in yard, the pool, each other, etc. So when I'm over there, it's just a matter of letting them out in the yard, feeding them their dinner, etc.

I would have no problem having 3 dogs of my own if that was my intention (mainly just have pet dogs to enjoy with at home). But I really like doing things with my dog. I like going to outdoor restaurants and bringing him along, I like bringing him on vacation when possible, running errands with him (he comes to the car wash with me, bank, Home Depot, etc, etc), and even though I'm not 'serious' about it, I love dabbling in some dog sports and going to dog events, etc. It's just super simple to have one. Don't have to decide who's going to do what, or leave one at home if it's easier to just have 1, or whatever.

It'd be a bit different with a spouse though for sure. I mean, again, at my dads house even though we all kinda share responsibilities (take turns letting dogs outside, taking turns feeding, or whatnot), it's very clear that Jackson is my dog, Buddy is pretty much my step-moms dog, and Lilly is more-so my dads dog. I think ideally it would be nice to have my dog and have a spouse who has his dog (and I wouldn't mind sharing responsibilities at all). It was basically like this when my moms dog was still alive... I always bought things for both dogs, but did not feel guilty leaving her at home and bringing Jackson places because she was used to it and wasn't 'my' dog, but Jackson still had a play buddy at home, lol. So it worked out!
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:32 PM
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I think it depends on your situation. One of my big requirements is that if I can do it with my current two then I do it with my current two. Mine aren't fantastic sports prospects but they enjoy it and we have fun. I will not add a dog to do stuff my current dogs can do if it means my current dogs don't get to play. That's not fair to them.

I don't anticipate that adding a mediumish dog will take away much from my current two. They'll still do agility as long as they are able. We will still walk and hike. There will be an adjustment period for sure but there always is. There things I want to do though that I will need another dog to do.

Between the local 400 acre park, my dad's 40 acres, the huge fenced in 50 acre field at the training place, the walking trails at the training place (all free use to students) and the pond they're getting set up for dock diving.... There's a lot of opportunity to get my dogs out and exercised in groups wih ease. My two walk super nice on a leash too. No pulling and so small that I can walk them both with the leash barely hooked on my finger. And they'll all tag along to trials even if its just to hang out whenever that is possible.

So yeah... Adjustment but I don't think having three or more means you don't do as much with them.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:57 PM
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I am single but I do live with another person, but even if I didn't live with them I would still like to have 2-3. I've had 2 for a while when I had just Jack and Kechara, and then two again when it was just Kechara and Hawkeye. Two is nice, three is a lot of fun too tho.
In about a year and half we will be up to four for a few years.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:05 PM
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So yeah... Adjustment but I don't think having three or more means you don't do as much with them.
Depends on the dog too. I'm not NOT doing agility with Pepper because of Payton... I'm not doing agility with Pepper because of Pepper. There's about a bajillion things I don't do with Pepper because Pepper. I want to go on vacation to the east coast and I want to take the dogs, but I'm not sure about taking Pepper because Pepper. I knew keeping her meant I was going to have a dog who was not what I wanted and that I couldn't do the things I wanted to do with her.
I kept her anyway.

For Pepper I made room... that's all there is to it... rarely is our life what we dreamed it would be.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:06 PM
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Odd, but I think I'd actually have less dogs in a relationship rather than more.

As a single man... I'm happy with one working and retrieving dog. I would also be happy with this in a relationship.

As a single man, I'd happily own 20 Huskies and Malamutes. I would likely not enjoy this if I were in a relationship, unless my partner also desires this as well as puts work into it as well.

But that is dreaming. Realistically, just give me a dog that fetches and I'll be happy as any 10 year old boy and his dog would be carrying a stick playing by a lake.
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But that is dreaming. Realistically, just give me a dog that fetches and I'll be happy as any 10 year old boy and his dog would be carrying a stick playing by a lake.
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Its not the dogs I worry about! I could handle the same amount of dogs and afford them just fine, but the horses are another story. Money is not so much the issue but not having someone to help with moving hay and cleaning stalls occasionally makes all the difference. I would likely get down to one or two vs the three I have now and the more I want.

On the other side I have told my husband my life insurance money is so he can support the critters since he can support himself. I told him I would haunt him if he sold them.
Oh horses aren't a problem for me ... I have taken. Care of as many as 14 by myself before at the other job I had plus half of them got turned out during the day lol so it was a lot of walking lol.

I have done as many as 6 dogs when I was single. Right now I have 4 (my folks 2 dogs & my 2 dogs combined) the problem would be financial so I would say personally right now my limit is 3
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Depends on the dog too. I'm not NOT doing agility with Pepper because of Payton... I'm not doing agility with Pepper because of Pepper. There's about a bajillion things I don't do with Pepper because Pepper. I want to go on vacation to the east coast and I want to take the dogs, but I'm not sure about taking Pepper because Pepper. I knew keeping her meant I was going to have a dog who was not what I wanted and that I couldn't do the things I wanted to do with her.
I kept her anyway.

For Pepper I made room... that's all there is to it... rarely is our life what we dreamed it would be.
I prefer 2-3 active dogs for myself. I have 4 but Limit is my Pepper right now and Eden isn't far from that. I'm still in the process of figuring out what's up physically with Limit and waiting to see if that and his temperament will allow for sports. Eden can go anywhere but she also doesn't care if she does and she prefers to dabble in sports, not train competitively so that makes life a little weird. So Kastle is my sport dog and Aikon is up and coming right now, if things work out. I enter Eden when I think she'll enjoy it.

Together we have 8, soon to be 9. It's more than I would like but Jason loves it and we compromise on who takes care of what so it works out. He has more dogs capable of competition so I'm also handling his Border Collie in agility. That is more for Robin than it is for me though. I wish Limit could play.
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I am currently single, some dating but nothing serious. I have four dogs, and if Fiona is nice to us and give us lots of girls, I will be adding a fifth. I don't have any trouble taking care of multiple dogs, I never have. Ideally, I would have 4-5 dogs while single.

However, my mom and I currently live in the same house (Long story short- my dad got a temporary job in Pittsburgh, they lived there for 2 years, they kept their house in CO, I have lived here since then, my sister and her husband moved in a year ago with their new baby, and my mom is now back to help with the baby because of my sister's health issues, and now you're caught up). Naturally she brought her two dogs (Faith and Fiona), which means that we currently have 6 Border Collies in the house, but since I live in the basement which functions as an apartment, our dogs are somewhat separate. She has Faith, Fiona and usually Riot in the upstairs area, I have the boys and Sadie downstairs. Basically, in the current set up, I have 3 dogs to take care of full time instead of four, because my mom lives here, which is relevant because it means I have less work to do because of another person who lives with me. Make sense? I'm exhausted, sorry for the rambling.

A relationship wouldn't affect my numbers, unless we were married. My sister was in a relationship for 7 years, and they broke up, and they sort of had "joint" dogs. Which... made things really tough. Of course, I guess that could be a problem no matter how many dogs there are- people get attached, and then who gets to keep them? Anyways- if I were married, living on the right property (lots of land, maybe some sheepies), I might have up to 6 or 7. Many more than that, and I think I'd have too many dogs to really work with individually.
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