Mr. N is perfectly happy being the sole pet of the household but previously we had a foster dog for six months. The dogs got along fine. They never became BFFs or anything but they would play together occasionally and they never got into a fight.
Training time became difficult though as Mr. N would get very upset when I trained Onyxx and he wasn’t included. My workaround was to have Mr. N do all the tricks with Onyxx as Onyxx was learning them. This worked because Mr. N already knew all the tricks/behavior and I didn’t have to concentrate on training both dogs. Normally, I would suggest training the dogs separately.
|Photo posing is an important skill to learn in our household. The dogs with a visiting friend.|
When I trained Mr. N, Onyxx was content being tossed the odd treat for watching and being calm or in the crate with a chew. If I had to do it over again, I’d probably do mat training so the non-working dog would settle on the mat while the other dog worked.
I think several more rounds of training class and watching the other dogs train and having to wait his turn has made Mr. N a bit more patient since then. When we were over at Sage’s house and I was teaching her how to wave, he wandered off and found his own entertainment. I made sure to treat him after we were done for being good.
How do you train with multiple pets?
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|The dogs waiting for Thanksgiving dinner|