Labradoodle Rescue & Goldendoodle Rescue
So when reading about the doodles that are up for adoption most of them, if they get along well with other dogs would like another well manners dog companion.
Why is this? Do most doodles like having another dog in the home??
Not necessarily. Doodles are just dogs, like any other dog. Whether they get along with other dogs or not depends on a lot of factors. Many dogs who have not shared a home with another dog before do not love having another dog there on a permanent basis, and there is usually a period of adjustment. Most issues between dogs can be worked out, but it sometimes takes time and patience. A lot of dogs get along great with other dogs outside of their homes, but react very differently when another dog moves into their space, sharing their people and their belongings. This is why we always recommend that if you are considering bringing another dog in, you first have a friend or relative's dog stay for a weekend and see how your dog reacts.
Rescue dogs, though, are a special case. It is the hardest thing in the world for a dog to lose his home. If he was used to being with another dog in his old home, a dog in the new home can help him feel less lonely, and help him learn the rules and get the "lay of the land" in his new home. For dogs who are given up because of separation anxiety, another dog in the home can help them feel less anxious when the owenrs are not there. These are some of the reasons that the listings contain this information.
Dogs in general, like wolves, are inherently "pack animals" meaning they typically live together in close knit family groups and rely on each other for survival in the wild. A large part of the reason dogs have been so successful in their transition from wild wolf to domestic dog is because human beings took over the roles of companions and providers and in a sense replaced "the pack" by eliminating the need for hunting and foraging.
But old behaviors and habits die hard......Especially when programmed into DNA.
Because of this, many dogs no matter their breed,
tend to be happier in homes with another dog or dogs for companionship. Others, are used to being the only dog in a home and are not happy sharing their space or their people with other dogs. It really just depends on each individual dog.
Thank you for the information.
We currently have a 11 month old Goldendoodle. He is our pride and joy and we could not picture life without him. We have also fallen head over heels in love with breed in general. Hank absolutely loves other dogs, he lives for the days that we get to go to the dog park or my fiancé's farm to play with the labs. We have contemplate getting another one because I think that Hank would enjoy it so much and I am worried that he is lonely while we are at work during the day. I do doggie day care for him about once every other week and he couldn't be any happier while he is their.
Just trying to figure out if it is a right fit for our family before we do so....
Amanda, the way that a dog acts with other dogs at day care or the dog park is not usually the way they act with other dogs in their own home. The dog park and the day care are neutral territory, owned by none of them. Dogs are extremely territorial animals. It is very important that you have other dogs spend time in your home, hopefully overnight or for a weekend, to get a truer picture of what life with a second dog would be like, for both you and for Hank. I cannot emphasize this strongly enough. A LOT of dogs love being with other dogs at the dog park and day care, but hate it when those very same dogs are in their homes, sharing their valuable resources and their people. :)
Remember that many of our doodles come to us because of issues they were having in their previous home, so we try to determine what would work best for them to have a successful future in their new home. Often the modeling of a well behaved doodle that has the confidence of a dog that has know security and love is a good example for a doodle that has maybe been less fortunate. We try to read the dogs and see if they are more people focused or more dog focused and respond to that as well. Sometimes a dog that is too dog-focused may do better in a home without another dog so they can learn to respond more positively toward their person. Other times that dog-focused dog just really likes having a doggy companion to cuddle with - it may make them more secure, especially when their owner is out. We have just as often had dogs that like other dogs okay, but seem like they would more enjoy a home without another pet where they can be the one and only-it is the human bond they live for. While that personality may not be ruled out for a home with another dog, if it is between that home and one where they will be the one and only, we would pick more likely pick the latter. It all comes from us reading them while they are in foster homes.
Also, very generally speaking, doodles are a very sensitive, smart breed and really want to be with a pack at all times-more so than many other more independent minded breeds. So, for humans that actually need to leave their house every once in a while without their beloved doodle (curse them!), having another dog as company makes it a little easier on everyone.