Is Your Family Ready for a Second Dog?
Many dog families have more than one dog, and love every minute of it. Is your family ready for a second furry friend? Ask yourself these questions to find out:
1. Why do you want a second dog? Would your dog benefit from a companion? A second dog can add joy and play to the day, but he’ll never take the place of love and affection from you.
2. Is your dog friendly? Can your dog play at the dog park without getting into a fight? Does he love play dates with your friends and families’ dogs? Once you decide that your dog is sociable and will benefit from another dog, you can start to consider the right type of dog for you and your dog family.
3. What is your pooch’s personality? Choose complimentary breeds and personalities. A tiny toy pup and big, rambunctious rover probably wouldn’t be an ideal match. Likewise, an older dog dealing with the aches and pains of age may not be the best match for a hard-playing youngster. A second dog that is younger and the opposite gender of your current dog is also your safest bet. Your dog doesn’t get to choose his new life-mate, so be thoughtful on his behalf.
4. Is your dog trained and ready for a friend? If your current dog is already trained, he can actually help with the training of a new dog. It’s perfectly natural for dogs to pick up routines from their companions.
5. Can you afford it? Realize the costs and double everything. However, you can also double the happiness and love, too.