There are a lot of things to consider when thinking about adding a second (or third, or fourth) dog to your family. It doesn’t matter if you adopt a senior dog from a local shelter or purchase a puppy from a breeder, a new addition is going to change your household dynamics. More dogs
could mean more love and puppy kisses, but before deciding your pup needs a furry friend at home, here are a few things to consider:
How long has your dog been an “only child”?
Bringing a new pet into your house can disrupt the life of a dog who has been the only one in the home. If your dog is used to daily walks, can you manage to walk two at a time? Does your dog sleep on your bed, and is there room for another, or will you start making him sleep on a dog bed? Your routine has already determined your dog’s lifestyle. Adding another pet could easily change all the little day-to-day things your dog finds comfort in.
Does your dog like other dogs?
Be honest and take a good, hard look at your furry best friend. Have you socialized him well over the years? Does he like playing with other dogs and seem to accept other animals, not just when out in public but in your home. Will he share dog bones and toys, or does he get possessive, maybe even aggressive? Some dogs do better with a human pack.
Can you afford another dog?
There are a lot of financial commitments to make when adding to your family. Although you won’t need to start a college fund for a furry kid, you will need supplies such as leashes, harnesses, food bowls, dog bones, and toys. Plus, there are vet visits, both regular and emergency, to consider. Make sure that you are financially prepared before taking on too much and check out https://koashouse.com/ for our incredible selection of pet gear and food.
If, after carefully thinking things through, you’ve decided it is an excellent time to add to your furry family, now it’s time to find the right pup.
Should you get a puppy or an older dog?
Too many times people look at their senior dog who may be slowing down a bit and think a puppy will help boost their spirits. But puppy energy can be way too much for an older dog to handle. Chilling in their dog bed, being a little quiet, not wanting to play and rough house all day
… these are typical aging steps in a dog’s life. A puppy may not respect the boundaries your dog needs.
Do your breed research.
Pure breed or mixed, make sure you know what kind of dog fits your lifestyle best. If you’re a runner, consider a Border Collie or other high energy breed. Prefer to lounge around on the couch all day, a bulldog will be happy to keep you company.