Are you hoping to cure a behavioral issue with your dog?
Many dog owners hope that a canine companion will help their dog cope with separation anxiety when they go out. If their current dog is energetic, they hope a friend will help him to burn off energy. The truth is, another dog is not likely to change that behavior. The new dog may actually be more apt to learn these negative behaviors from the first dog.
Are you looking to reduce the time you need to spend with your dog?
If you don’t have enough time to spend with your dog, it’s unrealistic to think a second dog can fill in the gaps. While dogs are social creatures and most love to play with other dogs, your dog will still need human company and his daily walk with you. You’ll also need to spend one-on-one time with your new dog to bond with him and train him.
Are you prepared for twice the expenses?
While two dogs can absolutely be twice the fun, it also means double expenses of food, veterinary care and grooming. You may also have to factor in double the vacuuming, twice the barking and the increased bill for boarding when you go out of town.
If you’ve considered all these factors and believe that you’re ready, willing and able to love, train and care for another dog, great. If you’re not sure, it’s probably best to postpone the second dog until you’re confident you can provide the attention he or she will need.