When it comes to owning a dog, many people think that one is enough. After all, it’s a lot of work caring for an animal and feeding them, not to mention taking them on walks and exercising them. But what if you could split all of that work in half by adopting another dog? That’s an appeal of having two dogs – they keep each other company and can play together while you’re away at work.
In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons of having two dogs and help you decide if it’s the right decision for you and your family.
Dogs are Pack Animals
Dogs are pack animals, and as such, they crave companionship. When you’re at work all day or out of the house running errands, your dog is left home alone with nothing to do. This can lead to boredom and mischief – like chewing on furniture or raiding the trash. A second dog gives your first dog a companion to play with and keep them amused, which can help prevent destructive behavior.
Helping Each Other Get More Exercise
There is a popular saying in the dog world “a good dog is a tired dog”. This is because dogs need a lot of exercise to stay healthy and happy. If you have one dog, that means devoting at least an hour every day to taking them for a walk or playing with them. But if you have two dogs, they can tire each other out. Dogs will often play games together, such as tug-of-war, chase, and much more. These games are great stimulation for your furry friend and can be a great way for them to exercise.
Your Dog has a Playmate 24/7
One of the best things about having two dogs is that your dog always has a playmate. If you work long hours or travel often, it can be difficult to find someone to take care of your dog. But if you have another dog at home, they can always keep each other company. This also means that your dog won’t get as lonely when you’re away and will be less likely to develop separation anxiety.
Helps Ease Separation Anxiety
Speaking of separation anxiety, a second dog can also help ease that anxiety. Dogs are social animals and love companionship. When they’re left alone for long periods of time, they can become anxious and stressed. But if they have another dog to keep them company, that separation anxiety is greatly reduced.
Training is Easier with Two Dogs
Puppies often learn from older dogs. This means that they learn tasks like potty training and basic commands much faster when they have an older dog to model themselves after.
Double the Love Not Double the Cost
Many people are hesitant to adopt a second dog because they assume it will be twice the work and twice the money. But the truth is, owning two dogs doesn’t have to be more work – in fact, it can often be easier. And as for the cost, it will cost more money than one but not twice the amount. This is because dogs will often share toys, beds, etc.
Allergy Benefits for Children
A study conducted by the National Institute of Health found that children raised in multi-pet households before the age of one may be less prone to developing allergies.
Things to Consider Before Making the Decision
Multi-dog ownership isn’t for every family and isn’t for every dog. Below we will talk about some things to consider before making the decision.
Analyze the cost of an additional furry friend
Be sure to analyze the cost of adding an additional dog to your family. Only do so if you believe it makes financial sense for you. Though adding a second dog doesn’t double the total cost of the first dog because of some of the shared expenses, you will have around double the vet bills over time as a single dog family.
Consider the dog’s age
Experts believe that the best time to add a second dog is in the first 2 to 3 years of age of the first dog. Some have found that older dogs are not as excited about adding a young energetic puppy to the family. However, it is a total case-by-case basis for your dog and particular circumstances. Consider your dog’s age and temperament before making the decision.
Some dogs prefer to be the only dog
Some dogs do not want a companion or fellow dog friend. Some dogs would prefer to be in a one-dog household. If you have a dog who falls into this category, it is important to not add another dog to the mix. Doing so would only further stress your dog and could result in behavior problems.
Some dogs and breeds are very territorial
Dogs who are very territorial and protective of their home and family may not do well with another dog in the house. If your dog barks, growls, or becomes aggressive when other people or animals come near them, it may not be best to not add a second dog to the equation.
Consider the genders of your first dog and potential second dog
Experts recommend adopting a second dog of the opposite sex of your first dog. This is because dogs of the same sex can often become too competitive with each other and may start to fight. Adding a second dog of the opposite sex can help reduce the risk of this behavior.
Do some research on breeds that get along well together
Not all breeds of dogs are made to get along together. If you’re considering adding a second dog to your family, do some research on breeds that typically do well together. This will help ensure that both of your dogs have a positive relationship from the start.
Adding a second dog to your family can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only will you have another furry friend to love and play with, but you will also see your first dog’s behavior improve as they now have someone to play-fight with and look up to. Just be sure to do your research before making the decision and take into account all of the factors we discussed above.