We have a Sheltie and he is at home from 9 to 2:30 everyday. We are both teachers so he is outside and with us all summer long. However, "Buddy" is afraid of other dogs, we have in interact in play groups and at our local park but he just sits and does not respond to anything. I was wondering if we were to get another dog (Golden Retreiver) would that help socialize Buddy more and more importantly would he be more happy. He is very loud and barky when we leave everyday.
However, "Buddy" is afraid of other dogs, we have in interact in play groups and at our local park but he just sits and does not respond to anything.

Some dogs just don't care to socialize with other dogs, and thats not a bad thing Emotion: smile
I was wondering if we were to get another dog (Golden Retreiver) would that help socialize Buddy more and more importantly would he be more happy.

Why a Golden? And no, it wouldn't necessarily help socialize Buddy because socializing consists of taking your dog everywhere you can for the specific purpose of getting him used to different situations. Training classes are a great way to socialize; even if Buddy doesn't want to interact with other dogs he should learn to accept the presense of other dogs.

Usually a dog will learn to accept a new dog in the house, and it is company, but that won't automatically make Buddy like other dogs Emotion: smile
He is very loud and barky when we leave everyday.

Thats a Sheltie for you Emotion: smile
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We have a Sheltie and he is at home from 9 to 2:30 everyday. We are both teachers so he ... Buddy more and more importantly would he be more happy. He is very loud and barky when we leave everyday.[/nq]Why do you think he is unhappy? The barking, that comes with the territory for Shelties. Chances are once you leave, he goes to sleep. If you are spending plenty of quality time with him, he is most likely pretty happy. He may like another dog in the family (though from my experience, big boisterous clunky dogs like Goldens are not particularly compatible with Shelties) but there no reason to believe he needs to have a companion.

If YOU want another dog, that's another consideration. For what its worth, one of my shelties would be fine as an only dog - he really only interacts with my two other dogs and does not play with strange dogs. My other sheltie likes most other dogs - the only one he really dislikes is a boisterous, boingy aussie who doesn't speak dog well.
Christy
We have a Sheltie and he is at home from 9 to 2:30 everyday. We are both teachers so he ... Buddy more and more importantly would he be more happy. He is very loud and barky when we leave everyday.

Many Shelties are barky, it's part of their nature. Which, doesn't mean they can't be trained otherwise, but it's "just what they do"! :-)

One dog that behaves in a way you wish he didn't (being barky), will possibly create two dogs that act that way. Bad habits, as well as some good ones, will be learned between the dogs.
Some dogs really enjoy having another dog around to play/hang out with. Some dogs do not. My youngster (Bodhi) would probably feel lost if he didn't
have his housemate (Coda). However, the older dog (Coda) would probably be just fine as an only dog.
Also, even though they may get along famously with their own "pack", it doesn't mean that they'll want to start playing with strange dogs. The best reason to get another dog is because YOU want one. Shelly & The Boys:
Coda (4 1/2 yr old Collie-somethin')
Bodhi (18 1/2 mos. old Belgian Sheepdog)
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Howdy Rob,
All the other posts have good advise. So I won't give any advise I'll just menton what I did. My Saluki girl was so active I NEEDED another dog for her to play with. I take her out running every weekend but that didn't account for the week days. I found another Saluki that was younger than her. She is the Queen :-) It didn't take long for them to become buds. Now they both get all the exersize they need. One happy Saluki owner. LOL
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Howdy Rob, All the other posts have good advise. So I won't give any advise I'll just menton what I ... long for them to become buds. Now they both get all the exersize they need. One happy Saluki owner. LOL

I agree here, if you have dogs that will play together! I know that I would have to do a LOT more exercising w/ my Belgian if he didn't have Coda to play & run around the yard with. Now, when we had our GSD (Guiness), she could care less about playing. And she & Coda hardly ever played at all, except for the occasional "face fencing" in the living room, while she was lying down! So, if you have two (or more) dogs that enjoy playing, they'll partially exercise themselves. If not, you'll have two (or more!) dogs to exercise & train seperately, which I do anyway! :-)
Shelly & The Boys