Some of you are the quintessential dog parent while others took longer to settle into the role. Either way, you might be at that point where you’re thinking it might be time to add another dog into the mix. There’s no formula for if and when a second or third dog is right for you or anyone else. For some people, it’s a given and for others it’s a monumental decision and either way it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
If you are a frequent follower of ours then you know we have a never-ending parade of adorable dogs and since we are an all-breed rescue it’s nearly impossible not to see a dog weekly that would be perfect for you. But before adding another puppy, adult, or senior dog into the mix it’s important to make sure you’re ready.
But how, exactly, do you know whether getting another dog is the right move for your family? How do you know when you’re ready for a second dog?
Remember that paper with the line down the middle and two columns labeled pros and cons? That’s exactly how to start the process because as with adding another child into your family there are always pros and cons and the trick is to talk them through with everyone in the family and then come to a consensus.
1. Your dog will always have company. Once you get the second dog trained and used to the first dog and house rules leaving the house becomes easier. We’ve had our dogs for two years and I still feel like I’m abandoning him when I close the door. In theory, two well-trained dogs entertain each other and that’s a good thing.
2. Repeat after me. A tired dog is a good dog! Dogs are full of energy and depending on if you a fenced yard or even a dog park two dogs can wear each other out giving you a break from all the running and playing. When you have two dogs, they can play together, even inside, and keep each other entertained.
3. Nothing will love you and show you that love as much as a dog. As amazing as it is to soak up all of that love from the first dog imagine getting double the love. Depending on the dog and your family configuration the subsequent dog (s) might choose to love other family members meaning that
1. Remember all the work involved in your first dog? The walking, the poop pick up, the bathing? With two you get double the work so you’ll need to factor that into the decision.
2. The Doublemint twins from the old commercials back in the day might be dating me, but they did everything together. Double your pleasure, double your fun might be true but you’re also going to double your bills. When you have two dogs, you have to buy twice as much food, pay twice the amount in vet bills, pay for double the number of treats, toys, bones, and more. And all those dog-related costs can put a serious dent in your budget.
3. Finding one person to watch your dog when you go on vacation is hard enough but adding another dog into the equation could mean traveling is curtailed. NEW PAWSibilities does boarding and we do have a discount for multiple dogs but it still adds up.
4. The biggest issue might be how dog number one will take to the new dog. Most of our dogs are quite spoiled because we love them so much. Choosing the right dog and helping your first dog share you and their home can be a challenge.
More Things to Consider
These are just a handful of the pros and cons but everyone must be on board. Having two dogs is a lot of responsibility—and if everyone doesn’t agree, it can feel like a burden (which isn’t fair to you or the dog). If your current pup is a diva or has a history of being less-than-enthusiastic about other dogs, adding another pup into the mix is probably not the right move.
Training, training, training. Even if you went through the basic obedience training with dog number one you’ll likely want to have them be trained together. You might get a discount but there will be a cost and so that needs to be factored in.
Make sure you have the time and energy for another dog because there’s a transition period for everyone including the dogs and you don’t want to regret adding a dog because of the toll it can take on work, school, and family life.
Where will the new dog sleep? One crate or two? Do you have room in the car for another animal to ride safely? Will they both sleep with you? See where this is going? Even the smallest of dogs take up space so when you’re considering adding another think about space requirements and if it works for you.
Does your city or county have a restriction on how many dogs can live in one home? Some say two while others say three but it’s important to know the ordinances before bringing another dog home. If you’re renting or even if you own in a condo or a home with an association you’ll want to make sure to know if adding another dog is within the rules.
After the pros and cons and bonus questions are you ready for that second dog? Or third? If so then we have great news! We are an all-breed, all age, all size rescue and we have an outstanding selection of dogs. We’re open from 7:00 – 5:45 Monday through Friday, 8:00 – 4:45 on Saturday, and 9:00 – 3:45 on Sunday. Once you get an idea of a few dogs that are possibilities please come in and visit them. We want it to be a good mix so bringing in children and other dogs for a meet and greet will help you to know if your choice is the right one.
There’s a transition time no matter what but we have had lots of experience in pairing up dogs and completing families. We’d love to help you find the perfect personality, size, age, and breed mix. Happy adopting.
The featured dogs aren’t available but we are hoping by carefully considering everything your two will be just like these two. Every. Single. Day. Just like your human kids are/were.