Just a quick warning, folks, on the hazards of adding a second dog to allegedly “play” with your other dog. This thinking seems to be quite common out there and I wanted to quickly address it.
If you have a dog that is already a year old and has some great social skills with people and dogs and is Not aggressive, fearful, skittish, dominant, or hyper in any way then adding a second pup or dog to the equation may be an OK thing to do. However, even with a fantastically behaved dog you are still running the risk of throwing off your whole household groove. This means you may really blow it! And the second dog could simply add double the trouble and time and energy! Be doubly sure you are up for this challenge…and be doubly sure you pick the right new pup or dog and that your dog helps pick.
And please, for the love of God, don’t get two puppies at the same time, especially two litter mates! Unless you are willing to train both separately AND together, and really make the pups bond closer to you then with each other, you will have Double the time and effort and irritation of trying to focus two, excitable, young animals that would much rather pay attention to each other than to a boring, old human such as yourself!
Yes…I know, many of you have households with two or more dogs but many of you have also been my clients because the dogs were out of control!
Picture this…you get one dog to sit or calm a bit then the other one decides not to. Guess what happens to the first dog that was calmly sitting…he jumps up to join the other pup and then you have to start from scratch all over again. It can be a ridiculous cycle. So before you rush out and add double the amount of irritation, before you decide to spend double the amount of energy, before you double your cost at the vets, groomers, trainers, before you pick up double the amount of poop, consider the fact that a single-dog-household can be a fantastic life for a dog.
(This post is specifically if you want a very well behaved dog(s) you can, of course, do whatever the heck you want to do and I can’t do a thing to stop you. 😉