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The other topic about 2 vs 1 beagle has really gotten me thinking about adopting another one. We've had Squeegee for about 4 months now and think he needs a playmate and someone to help with his separation anxiety. How long did you guys wait to get another one? Also, when you are gone did you crate them together or separately?
 

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We got Bones 5 months after we'd gotten Spock. We kept them crated separately at first, but after about a week (if memory serves), once they'd started to form a bond, we began crating them together. Bones was about 5 1/2 months old when we got her, and Spock was about 8 months, so they were young and very close in age and energy level, and that may have helped them bond so quickly (having contrasting personalities - one submissive dog, one dominant dog - might have helped, too). I wouldn't crate Squeegee and a new dog together until they were bonding and beginning to sort out dominance issues, and you might test out crating them together while you're at home for short periods of time to let them get used to it and make sure there aren't problems.
 

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The answer should be when you feel comfortable handeling another Beagle. Although we believe 2 is better than 1 (we have 2), things to consider are adopting a puppy, adult, same gender, up keep expense doubles and things like that. We never crate either. What works for us or others may not work for you. Your course of action may have to be based on the personalities of the dogs.

Our boys are best buddies and they do not like to be separated at all. Good luck.
 

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We had Josie for about 5 months before we got Charlie. We were not planning on another dog, just kinda happened that way. There is about 6 months between them age wise. She is fixed, he is scheduled. They do keep each other somewhat occupied, but they also make it hard to walk around the house as both are up your behind. They were introduced outside. Charlie, having been a pup and not house trained was mostly in a play pen away from Josie. They would be together for a bit, then when she was getting to rough and he looked like he had enough, he would go in his pen for a nap. As he has gotten bigger they roughhouse all day. They have their own crates, but they go in them on their own free will. While at work, they are in an area of the house that is tiled and sectioned off. They get a bowl of water in there a few toys and their crates. I usually come home to find them both sleeping in one.
 

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We got Benji and Carlo about a week apart. Benji is about 4 years old, Carlo about 18 months old. We crate them in separate crates in our bedroom when we're gone, with the TV on for noise. They tolerate it well although it took a month or two to get them to the point they are at now-no barking or whining when we leave.
 

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The question for us should be when do we stop getting another?


There was 6 months between Barney and Jasper joining our household (Barney first at 11 weeks old and Jasper at 8 weeks old). 6 months after that Buster joined us, he was 10 months old, 12 months after that, Skye joined us at 8 weeks old and last but by no means least, 3 years after that, Basil joined us, aged 7 years old.

Barney really thrived on the company of Jasper, was tolerant of Buster, had a mega sulk for 2 weeks when Skye joined us and just raised his eyebrows when he saw Basil walk in. The cat moved next door, he'd had enough
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They interact great, there is definately a pecking order (Skye is top dog!!) and they miss each other if one isn't around for one reason or another.

I personally would recommend 2 rather than 1, but as aprevious thread states, it is down to personal circumstances, understanding the needs of your existing dog and indeed the affect on the purse!!

Good luck.

Lisa
 
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