ARE TWO DOGS ARE BETTER THAN ONE?

Are two dogs better than one? Is one dog easier to take care of? Are two dogs more expensive? Will two dogs be on the same schedule?  Will two puppies be happier than leaving one alone?

There are a lot of things to consider when thinking about a second dog. There are also a lot of different scenarios to consider. Let’s examine some of the most common situations that may include the circumstances of your household and what you might be planning to do.

If you have an adult dog and decide to get a puppy

The best way to introduce your first dog and your new puppy is outside of your home on neutral territory. Most often, the adult dog will ignore and/or be annoyed with the new energetic relentless pup. However, after a week or two, you may start to see a wonderful relationship develop between the two. The best situation is when the mature dog is well trained and the puppy follows suit. It's OK and beneficial if the adult dog corrects the puppy because that is the best way for the puppy to learn; as long as the correction is not aggressive and neither dog is being injured. If that happens, the pet parent needs to step in. Having the first dog in the home lead the way will get the puppy on a good schedule and help to teach the puppy to go out for "bathrooming," (yes I know that’s not a word) walking on a leash, and other basic skills needed to be a “good” dog.

If you have a senior dog and decide to get a puppy

You may experience a similar situation to the above if you have a senior dog who is in good health and physically able to handle the activities of the puppy. Very often the energy of the new puppy will...TO CONTINUE READING...

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