Wanting to get an additional dog in the family? The following blog will tell you about the things you need to think about before getting a new one.
Having a dog as a pet is really therapeutic. They can relieve stress when you play with them, makes you laugh when they do silly things, and warms your heart as you see their tails that keep on wagging the moment they see you. A lot of dog owners treat their pets as their babies and we know, a lot are guilty about this, our phones are full of pictures of our pets. Having a dog brings joy to a household, but how about adding another one? It may mean double the fun, but one should consider a lot of things before deciding about it. Here are some of them.
More dogs mean more work
Since you have two dogs now, it means double responsibilities! Two times of preparing food, additional time for bathing the dogs, and more training so that they won’t break things around. Despite having two dogs, this doesn’t mean that they will train and exercise together. Each dog has different characteristics and personality.
In addition to this, each dog must have their own special time with you. You must be fair, if the first dog gets to go with you for an event, you should do some adventure time for the other dog too
Introducing your new dog to the resident dog
First impressions are important when introducing the dogs to each other. You should make it less-stressing for the dogs as much as possible and you should not force the introduction. Let it happen in their own way. If you are not sure that you can carry this introduction in a less-stressing manner, you might want to ask for help for local trainers about it.
Introducing a dog of the opposite sex
Same-sex combinations of dogs in a household can be successful. However, some behavioral problems can rise with these male-male or female-female pairings. Bitches can be aggressive towards each other and both male dogs can fight for being the alpha inside the house. It can be stressful for both the owners and the dogs. A second dog of the opposite sex can be a better setup for most families.
Your resident dog’s behavior means a lot
You need to know your dog’s likes and dislikes before making the decision of adding a new dog in your household. You can observe this when your dog sees or meets other canine companions during a walk or any event. Does it become aggressive? Does it like the company of other dogs? You also need to know what kinds of dog that can fit for your resident dog. If your dog is a senior dog, having a puppy as a second dog can be stressing for it. It might just want to lie down and relax and doesn’t like being disturbed with a young puffball of energy.
Your new dog also adapts things that its canine companion do. It doesn’t mean it learns the right things though. Your new dog can learn some bad behaviors like knocking off things, unnecessary barking, etc. because it can see that the resident dog do these things. That is why it is also important that your resident dog is ahead of its training days.
It is not undeniable that more dogs mean more fun and memories. If your resident dog is okay with having another dog’s company, adding a new fur baby in your pack will be a success for sure!