You LOVE your dog. He’s your best friend. What could be better than having another one – two best friends! But if you’re thinking about bringing another dog into your house, there are some things to keep in mind.
Here are some tips and issues to think about before bringing another dog into your family:
1. Don’t expect a second dog to be able to replace you.
If your dog is anxious or scared when you’re not home, don’t expect a companion pet to make much of a difference. It’s you he misses. Work with a vet or pup trainer to help resolve this issue before bringing a sibling into the mix.
Also, take into consideration what your current dog’s preferences are. Some dogs love to hang out with other dogs, and some just want to be with their owner and get all that human attention. You don’t want to stress out your current pet.
2. You’ll need to take a look at your budget.
Remember, your expenses are pretty much going to double. You’ll need more food, collars, leashes, toys, and even expenses like vet visits and pet sitters. All of that costs money. Be sure to keep a backup fund for emergencies.
3. Pick a sibling that’s going to be compatible.
If they’re within the same breed, it is more likely they’ll have similar personalities. Look for a dog who is not exactly the same size as the one you have. This will lesson the chance of fighting. But don’t go with large differences such as a Great Dane and a Miniature Pinscher.
4. Be prepared for double trouble.
If your current dog tends to dump the garbage or get into trouble, expect that he will share those bad habits with his newfound friend. That goes the other way as well. The new dog will bring his bad habits with him and share with your current dog.
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