Adding another canine companion to your already full life can be tricky and, if you don’t take the necessary time and steps to think it through, it could potentially cause real upheaval in your household. That being said, here’s what to consider and how to move forward.
Is Your Current Dog Aggressive in Any Way
If your dog is bone or food aggressive but generally does well with other dogs, this may signal that inviting a new animal into your home will be tricky. That’s not to say that various training measures can’t be taken to ensure that your dog can co-exist peacefully with a new pooch; it’s just something that you should consider before adopting.
Are There Children in the Mix
If you have kiddos who currently get along great with your family pet, you’ll need to consider whether they will also get along well with your new furry friend.
Consider the breed of dog, exercise and training needs, and temperament before bringing a new dog into your home. Also, be sure to set up several play dates with children and your current dog(s) before making the final decision.
Money, Money, Money
Something new owners often don’t consider is the monthly cost of adding another pet to their household. More food, more chew toys, perhaps pet insurance, medications, flea and tick treatments, and even doggie day-care costs will all increase with a new family member.
As such, a great method for making the ultimate decision to add another dog to the family is to do the math. If it fits into your budget, well then you’re a step closer to adopting another fur-friend. However, if it strains your budget, consider waiting. There will always be adoptable dogs in need of a good home.
Time, Time, Time
Many dog owners mistakenly get another dog thinking that both dogs will play with and wear one another out, thus relieving the owner of play duty. Think again. Though you new dogs might get along and become fab friends, there is no guarantee that they will entertain each other. Furthermore, most dogs will want the attention of their owner as well as the attention of other pack mates. So now, instead of just one sweet rascal bidding for your love every evening, you’ve got two.
So, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I have the time and energy each day for two animals?
- If I get a puppy, do I have the time and energy to train them appropriately?
Location, Location, Location
If you’re living in a tiny apartment, townhouse, or home with a small backyard, having two or more dogs might create issues. Consider the needs of the breed you want to adopt. Are they high energy? Do they do well in apartments or houses? How much exercise do they need?