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post #1 of 3 Old 02-27-2013, 04:54 AM Thread Starter
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Keep puppy on it's own or bring my other dog?

I'm not sure what would be best here.

I'm planning on buying a puppy to train as my Kelpie, Skip, is getting older (Not old, but 9, and is starting to go grey).

I'm currently on the other side of the country to my home, working on a Cattle station. Skip is still at home on the farm where my Dad works. I was planning on flying her over here as I am going to be here for nearly a year, and she doesn't get a heap of excercise as home with Dad because she is a pain when he is working sheep which is when the other dogs get excercised.

However i'm not sure if it would be best for the new puppy to have her around or not. I want it to be ok on it's own as Skip has always been just a farm dog, but when I get home I want the new dog to be able to come into town and the house, and travel with me. Skip has some bad habits on account of being a farm dog that I don't want the pup to copy. Her recall when distracted isn't very good, she is very 'hyperactive' and finds it hard to sit still. However she is great off lead and will stick with me. She has an OK sit, but no stay, and nothing much else in regards to training. She also doesn't really know how to play with other dogs, she just wants to herd them all the time. She doesn't like to ride in the back of the ute as I normally let her run as we aren't going huge distances - Whereas here to take the dog on a bore run they will need to be on the back of the ute most of the day. I also don't know how she will go tied up at night as she has always been in a pen; And I don't know if she will bark at night as no one lives nearby the pens at the farm.

There is a young border collie who will be in the same yard with the puppy, and four more dogs in the other yards that they get to play/socialise with.

I'm just not sure if the pup will copy Skip too much, or wether Skip will improve as I train the pup. I love Skip, and even if the pup turns out exactly the same I will love it the same. But I would really like to fix the mistakes I made with Skip this time around, and have a dog that is a real companion that can come most places with me and be welcome as it is well behaved.

And just cause it's super cute, this is the pup i'm considering, a Coolie :)

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post #2 of 3 Old 02-27-2013, 05:02 AM
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Taking Skip across the country might not be the best idea in itself. She's an older dog and might not settle as easily into the new environment as easily as a younger dog would.

Then there's the fact that she's been an only dog and being thrown in amongst other dogs could be asking for trouble. Bringing a puppy into her environment will work better - she knows she's in charge there, so she won't feel the need to prove herself so badly.

I'd leave her where she is. Beautiful pup, by the way!
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post #3 of 3 Old 02-27-2013, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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I forgot to add - while she doesn't play, she is used to other dogs - she lives the the three other working dogs and she sees our house dog a fair bit. She has also been to the dog park a couple of times and while she didn't play, she had a ball sniffing all the fresh bums!

That's a valid point though. She is so healthy ad energetic I forget she is older.
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