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Keeping Multiple Aussies in One House
If your dog is well socialized, you will probably find bringing a rescue Aussie or a new pup doesn't cause many problems. But in some cases, even with well-socialized dogs, introducing another dog of the same breed can upset the apple cart. Your current dog may question whether this new dog is a friend or a competitor.
As a general rule, you should wait at least two years after getting your first Aussie before you consider getting a second one. That gives you time to develop your own training abilities and learn to cope with most of the problem behaviors common to Aussies.
Gender is an important consideration. You're best to get an Aussie of the opposite gender to the one you currently have. If you plan to bring a male into the territory of another male, you can expect a few problems. Of course, if you're going to be keeping two dogs of the opposite gender, make sure one or both are neutered unless you intend to breed, you know how to breed and you're doing it for the right reasons (refer to Chapter 12 for more on this).
If there's a clash between your two dogs, recognize it's natural for them to work out their place in the pack. Don't interfere too much unless one of them is likely to get hurt. Many conflicts will be sorted out once they establish their roles in the pack on their own.
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