Today we are going to discuss having just one dog or possibly getting two dogs and some of the reasons that two dogs can be better than just having one dog.
Dog Mother for Many Years
I have had dogs for as long as I can remember actually there was never more than possibly a year that I went without having a dog in my life.
For myself, they are companionship, loyal, loving, and non-judgemental friends who I can tell whatever I want knowing it will never ever be repeated they keep secrets quite well (smiling).
Having dogs is really very much the same as having children (without getting pregnant and having to carry them for 9 months) as puppies they require constant care and love.
In my honest opinion, having more than one dog has its advantages and disadvantages so this is going to be a difficult one for sure.
At one time I had seven full-grown dogs with two litters of puppies at the same time – this proved to be way too much work and I swore that would never happen again. (Which I made sure of!)
Having this many dogs was not so much the feeding, grooming, and taking care of them because they were great dogs and learned their hierarchy as time goes on. (Labradors in case you are wondering.)
A nice thing about having more than one dog is they manage to occupy each other always having someone to play with and amuse themselves.
They keep each other company when you are away either keeping them out of trouble around the house or possibly more than one helping the other get into trouble.
One Dog or Two Dogs
Question still is one dog or two dogs right? If you are getting a dog for the very first time in your life one dog is going to serve you very well starting out.
With experience comes the knowledge that just having one fur baby is great and adding to your family very rewarding.
After having your new fur baby for a year or so then you might decide that he/she could use a brother/sister if this is the case do research prior to getting yourself another due to some doggies just do not like other breeds.
This can apply to same breed dogs as well, so making sure you have a compatible pair is very important to keep peace and harmony within your household.
Prior to bringing the new arrival home having met and greets are the best way to introduce your old fur baby to the new fur baby. Possibly at a doggie park or take them for walks together letting them get to know one another.
Doing this will let you see if they get along well by how they interact; the best possible place is always the park, where they can run and play together rather than just walking alongside each other.
Bringing the New Fur Baby Home
Things have worked well on the meet and greet and you are sure this is the new fur baby you want to add to your growing family.
When you bring the new baby home make sure it respects the one who was there before it. Do not show the newer puppy or dog more love and attention than the one you have held dear for the past year or longer.
This can cause anxiety with your older doggie causing behavior problems or worse causing resentment and then they will not get along so well.
Make sure to have supplies in place for the new arrival and treat your older baby to new stuff too! Dogs have feelings and brains do not for one second think they do not notice the new toys or bed.
Treat your wonderful friends exactly the same and adjustments will come quickly they will decide who is going to be the boss of the house in their own way.
This is another thing you must always consider when getting a puppy/dog how much space do you have and how much space does the dog/doggies require once they are grown.
Small dogs full-grown do not require the space of medium or larger dogs so living in an apartment you would not want a Great Dane or Mastiff.
Small dogs are great apartment dwellers and having more than one is not a big deal in the smaller spaces either because they do not require so much space.
Make sure they have a place out of the way for their bed and comfort zone so when company comes they can retreat away from all the noise and commotion. (Most little dogs like the quiet comforts.)
If you own you own a home and have a decent size yard (preferable fenced in/or purchased an outdoor kennel) then medium to large dogs might be ones you would consider.
Medium and large dogs need more space and are more suited to people who have a house and yard for them to move around.
The same applies for them however they do require a space in the house that belongs to them out of the way where they can retreat when they feel they need their own space.
In other posts, you will find many other suggestions and helpful information for sizes of doggies and requirements for what they need.
But if you learned here today that having one dog to start with is plenty and as time goes on adding to your family just like having children means the more the merrier is what I have always found 🙂
What ever you decide one dog or two dogs just make sure to research the breeds, sizes, and dispositions of them all before making a commitment you may regret.
People who think oh that little puppy is the most adorable find that when it is full-grown now weighs in at 150 pounds and is so large but wants to be your lap dog. Things do not work out and the poor babies end up at a shelter.
I must be honest here if I could have 50 doggies I would and the breed does not matter or the size I love them all!!
But for you, this is an important life-changing decision if you have never had one dog and you are thinking of going two dogs starting out. Just think of it this way twins as in having children.
Thanks for coming by and having a read on One Dog or Two Dogs hopefully we have influenced your decision in some way.
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