It is fulfilling and entertaining to watch two dogs play games, watch the world outside and spend time together. Dogs are by nature a pack animal; they are at their happiest and secure when part of a family unit. It is their way of survival, and living with humans means there is a mixed pack. We love interacting and spending time with our human family; so do dogs with theirs. Having a second dog can re-energise older dogs and boost confidence in anxious ones. Taking on a second dog needs careful contemplation and compliance from all members of the ‘human’ family. If everyone is prepared to take on the responsibility, then here is what you need to consider before searching for your dog’s new best mate:
Who gets really excited to buy their dog a puppacino at their local café? Or get that extra special grooming done for your best mate? Not to mention when your dog’s gut doesn’t agree with them and it’s off to the vet ‘just to make sure’ everything is ok. Our luxuries go to the wayside when our beloved canine companions need special treatment to keep them happy and healthy. Unfortunately, that can lead to expensive bills and with one dog the expenses are already high. Can you afford to maintain the same standard for a second dog? It is best to crunch the figures and make sure you can sustain both dogs financially. If at this stage you cannot provide for two dogs, then maybe wait before getting another. After all, it is difficult to spoil one dog and not the other!