Originally Posted by Caney Creek
The worst reason for getting a second dog is to keep the first one company. If the first dog is really that lonely/bored/misbehaved that probably means it isn't getting enough attention from its owners. If you don't have the time to spend with one dog, how are you going to handle two? Roxy is still a puppy herself, you have a long way to go with her and I think she deserves a little more attention and guidance from her owners before even thinking about getting another dog. And when you do get another dog, THAT one will require a good bit of attention as well no matter if you get a puppy or an adult. Getting a second dog will NOT make things easier for you. They will still both need regular training sessions, daily walks, and several potty breaks throughout the day.
Yes, I would definitely agree that Roxy is probably lonely considering the amount of time she spends by herself each day. But I don't think getting another dog is the answer. She is still going to want attention from you (and so will the second dog) and without your attention bad behavior will likely be the result.
I'd just put the idea of another dog out of your mind right now. Focus on finding a way for Roxy to get more exercise and more potty breaks during the day.
Confining her to one room might help to wean her off of the crate once you're ready to do that, but at the moment there is still the issue of her not being able to hold her bladder for the length of time you're asking her to, so even though she'll have more room to move around she's still likely to have accidents which will only prolong the process of housebreaking her. Again, the BIGGER issue at the moment is that she needs MORE FREQUENT POTTY BREAKS during the day.
Are you suggesting that I shouldn't have a dog unless I quiet my job? Just to get it straight, I would have to give Roxy up then, because I have to have a job and you are telling me I'm not spending enough time with her right now. I'm really not sure what you are even suggesting. I can't take her to dog care, because she doesn't have rabies shots yet. I'm not sure how i feel about a complete stranger coming into my house to walk her for 20 minutes, when I already wrote before I can do this myself, but you are still telling me I'm not spending enough time with her. Please give me a suggestion then
How much should I exercise her, since you are also telling me I'm not exercising her enough? She's 5 months old and 20-30 minutes a day is what I've been walking her and I throw the ball with her every single night for about 20 minutes as well. My vet is telling me I shouldn't do anymore and your telling me I am not doing enough.