How To Choose A Second (or Third) Dog

Dogs are the most popular pets in America, and for good reason (Also one of the best choices for emotional support animals). They’re loyal, sensitive, loving, fun, and adorable. Many of them, like therapy and service dogs, are also hard working companions that make our lives easier. It’s no surprise that many people in America have more than one dog. There are a lot of great things about two or more furry friends in the house. Dogs are social animals and if you work during the day it’s great for them to have another companion to spend time with. If you truly love dogs, whatever your reasons are, it’s understandable that you’d want more than just one!

One of the things that makes dogs so important to us is that they have personalities. No two dogs are the same, even if they’re the same breed, or even come from the same litter. And this brings up an important point: dogs don’t always get along with each other just because they’re all dogs. If you’re thinking about introducing a new dog into your already dog-friendly home, there is a lot you can do beforehand to prepare for the situation. As with most things, the more research, planning, and honesty with yourself that you do before you take this step, the more likely you will have a successful transition.

We’ve given this advice before but it’s worth repeating again. Before making any decisions about a dog, you should be honest with yourself about what your lifestyle and time commitments are. If you already have a dog and struggle to find the time to properly care for him/her, bringing another dog into the mix might not be a good idea. Many people think that adding another pet will help keep your first pet engaged. While that’s certainly true, dogs still rely on us to provide a good life for them so make sure you have the time and energy for this undertaking.

Another important thing to consider is the type of dog you already have. Is your little friend a puppy? An elderly dog? Does he/she suffer from any medical conditions or already struggle connecting with other dogs in public or at friends’ houses? It’s not to say that old dogs can’t get alone with young ones, or that sensitive dogs can’t benefit from having more aggressive ones around. But these are all aspects of your dog (and aspects of your life as well) that you will really want to put a lot of thought into before growing your pet family.

It’s hugely important to consider breeds as well. While all dogs are individuals, there are still big differences between breeds. Some require a lot of space, time and energy, while others may prefer a slower pace of life in an apartment. If you love hiking and jogging with your 3-year-old retriever, a 10-year-old basset hound might not be the right choice. If you’re honest with yourself about the type of life you live, you’ll have better luck finding a second (or even third) furry friend to enrich your life even more!