Are Two Dogs Better Than One?

Are Two Dogs Better Than One?

Expanding Your Dog Pack

Almost every dog owner eventually asks this question and some dog owners manage happy packs of two, four, or more dogs successfully.

You love your dog so much and they bring you such joy, you’re thinking about bringing home a second furry friend.

But is that the best choice for everyone? Your dog’s temperament, breed, your family and living situation, and other factors, will help determine whether it is the best decision for you and your pup. When you adore your dog it’s natural to start thinking about adding a second dog to your pack. Or perhaps you’re feeling worried that your dog gets lonely while you are at work all day, and wonder if they would be happier with a friend. You may be right!

POSITIVES

  • Your family will have twice the love to enjoy. No more fighting over who gets to sleep with the pup at the foot of their bed.
  • Your pet will have a playmate, if they want one. This can also keep your pet out of your hair when they’re bored and want to play.
  • More dogs enforce the “pack” feeling, and help your dog feel secure.
  • Some dogs do get lonely if left alone during the day without a friend, and a second dog can help.
  • If your dog has separation anxiety, having another dog there may help. Another dog can be a valuable companion so your dog doesn’t miss you as much while you’re gone.
  • As adoption advocates through our charitable org Pooch Kaboose, adding a dog to your family can save a dog’s life and enrich your own.

Consider the big picture to do what is best for you, your pup, and a possible new family member.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS

  • Not all dogs will be comfortable with another dog in the house. Depending on their past experiences, their temperament, age, and health, adding another pup might be stressful for both your dog, and for you.
  • Training two dogs can be a challenge. They should be trained according to their temperaments, and listening to you separately to ensure they’ll still follow your guidance effectively whenever they’re together. Otherwise, the more confident dog will teach the partner dog, and you may have even more behavioral problems to manage. On the other hand, if your dog has been well trained this can be a plus — if your new dog accepts this leadership.
  • You will have to clean up after two dogs, provide, grooming, walks, attention and care, etc. Are you ready for the responsibility that comes with double doggie duty?
  • There will be additional costs to consider for veterinary care, boarding, food, bedding, and toys.
  • Sibling rivalry can occur if the dogs feel there is competition between them over resources. This can include feeling competitive over food, toys, attention, and space, as well as the humans in their lives.

Pooch Kaboose Dog Rescue

Getting a second dog takes a lot of consideration and can sometimes require more effort on your part. However, if it all works out, you get twice the love and a big, happy family! As always, if you need advice or one-on-one help with your pack, Kazoodles would be happy to help and we urge you to consider adopting a dog that needs a home from Pooch Kaboose. Pooch Kaboose is a PA 501c3 Charitable Org established by Kazoodles’ founder Torri Grice.