Owning Two Dogs
Owning two dogs is a decision that should not be taken lightly and if you already have one dog in the household you should carefully consider the practicalities of adding another. However as long as the circumstances are fine owning two dogs together is perfectly viable and can be an enjoyable experience for both dogs and owners alike.
If you are bringing two dogs into your home at the same time it may be harder work for you to settle two dogs at one time into your home environment. However for the dogs it may be a calmer situation because they both came into the territory at the same time and may see themselves as more equal to each other. Of course an added benefit is that they are experiencing this completely new adventure together.
For most people though owning a secondary dog normally comes after owning a sole dog for sometime first. If you are considering an additional dog you should first take into account whether your current dog will accept or settle with another type of dog in the household. Some dogs may prefer to live with another dog of the same sex, but others may prefer the opposite sex. Some may like the same breed as them; others may prefer a different breed. Size is also a consideration as some dogs may prefer a smaller companion, whereas others might be thrilled by having a same size or even a larger companion.
Acceptance also depends on factors such as whether you have a dominant dog in the household already, if so, it may be best to opt for a smaller dog or a female dog if you have a male already to avoid any possible conflicts between your existing dog and your new one. It is the same if you have a female dog already, she may not appreciate the competition of another female dog in the same household, so a male dog may be a better choice. You should test your dog out first to see how he or she acts around different dogs when you are out walking, you can then build up an idea of the kind of dogs that he or she tolerates and you can observe the breeds which your dog has an issue with.
If you feel like now is the right time to mingle your dog with another dog and give them a companion it can have a very positive outcome. The most positive aspect of owning two dogs is friendship for your existing dog, he will no longer be lonely when you go out and there will be a friend in the home for your dog to play and socialise with – someone who really understands how he is feeling. This does not only give a rewarding feeling to your dog but it will make you feel more relaxed and content when you see them playing, having fun, communicating and most of all when you have to go out and leave your dog you will know they won’t be lonely.