Having two dogs at once could seem like a lot of work, but there are a few reasons two dogs in one home—whether it’s two older dogs, or an older dog and a puppy—could have benefits for you and the dogs. Dogs can keep each other company, entertain each other, and learn from each other. Whether or not you should have two dogs depends on the environment you live in, your capacity to care for them, and how any pets already in your home would deal with additional dogs. Read on to learn the benefits of having two dogs and why two dogs could be better than one.
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Reasons NOT To Get a Second Dog
If any of the following scenarios sound familiar you may want to delay or reconsider your decision to get another dog.
Is having 2 dogs easier than 1?
Having two dogs can feel like a lot of work sometimes, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. From easier training to better mental and emotional health (for you and your dogs!), to saving the lives of animals, there are so many solid reasons to adopt a second dog today.
Many households find that both dogs are happier with a canine companion, but the transition from a single to a multi-dog household takes a little effort. Here are a few tips to foster a good relationship between the old and the new dogs.
“Should I get a SECOND dog to keep my dog company?” (Dog Trainer Answers)
Will getting another dog help my dog with separation anxiety is one of the most common questions we are asked. Read on to learn more or contact us for help!
Getting a second dog is great, but make sure you do it for the right reasons!
Dog separation anxiety is a complex behavioural issue. Your dog’s anxiety comes from being separated from you, not just being left alone in the house. So, while another dog might make your dog less lonely, it’s not likely to cure your dog’s anxiety when you’re away.
If your dog has separation anxiety the presence of another animal in the household is unlikely to ease the distress he experiences during times of separation. If your dog suffers from separation anxiety you need to address this problem before bringing another dog into your home. To learn more about dog separation anxiety, you can read our other articles here and here.