Consider Your First Dog
If your current dog cannot stand other canines, bringing another pup into your home might not be a good idea. You can, however, consult a professional trainer to help you accustom your dog to other canines so you can add another pup.
Some dogs, especially the young or elderly, need to be the only dog you have. They require more attention from their owners and can be unintentionally neglected when another furry member arrives. New dogs – whether they be puppies or adults – require a lot of attention. You will have to train, bond with, and possibly house train this new dog, which could make your current dog feel as if he is no longer loved.
Other dogs, however, are perfectly fine with a new doggy addition. Another canine means a furiend to play with! Also, it can help your current dog from getting lonely or bored when you’re gone.
Two Dogs = Twice the Expense
Owning a pet can be expensive, and adding a second dog will only double it. Shots, flea and tick medicine, leashes, beds, toys, grooming, and food will quickly add up. Before you add another pup into your life, make sure you can afford it.
Do You Have Extra Time?
Dogs need a lot of your time. They must be fed, walked, trained, and given attention in order to be happy, healthy pets. Also, a new dog needs even more attention. You will need to train and bond with him while still taking care of your current dog. And, if you’re getting a puppy, you will need even more time to house train him.
Even for a dog who loves the new canine addition, the transition from being an only dog to having to share can be hard. Help your dog adjust to the new situation by keeping his schedule the same as before. Also, spend extra time with your first dog. It won’t hurt to put your new dog in a cage to spend some quality time with the old. And, despite what people might say, dogs do get jealous! I sometimes experience that feeling towards Rosie. If my humans are petting her, I will look very pathetic and get them to pet me too. Also, if Rosie gets a treat, I must get one too. Remember to always make your first dog feel loved and included!