Have you thought about adding another dog to your family? It is not a decision to be made lightly. There are several things to consider before making a lifetime commitment. I love having two dogs, but it is not for everyone.
Here are a few things to think about before adding the pitter patter of four more paws to your home.
- Does your current dog enjoy playing with other dogs? You don’t want to become a referee instead of a pet parent. Scheduling a meet and greet with both dogs can be extremely beneficial before making a final decision.
- Do you have plenty of room for two dogs? Dogs are going to play chase and wrestle. They need some space where they can just be dogs. Size matters.
- Are you financially able to add another dog to the family? Consider food, vet bills, heartworm/flea preventatives and supplies. Twice the dogs = twice the expense.
- Do you have the time to commit to two dogs? That includes feeding, training, grooming, playing and taking them for walks. Two dogs also mean twice the poop you’ll have to scoop!
- Would you be bringing home a puppy or an adult dog? I don’t have to tell you that puppies are A LOT of work! They are precious, but an older dog might be less likely to wreak havoc in your house.
If you have answered these questions and feel confident, then congratulations! You are ready to bring home another best friend. I cannot imagine having only one dog. My personal experience living with two dogs has been extremely positive. I highly recommend it if it suits your lifestyle.
M. K. Clinton
M. K. Clinton is an award-winning author of The Returns book series and lifestyle dog blogger at Barking from the Bayou. She lives in Texas with her husband of thirty-five years and their two dogs, Bentley Basset Hound and Pierre Westie. A quote from her second book The Returns 2 ~ Showstoppers, “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” has become a favorite with dog lovers around the world.