Across America, you’ll find thousands of families with two pet households. The reason? Well, there isn’t just one. Some pet owners will tell you it’s so their dog or cat can have a companion while others say that by adopting a second pet, they’re helping decrease the percentage of pets without homes. No matter the exact reason, one thing is certain, bringing home a second pet can be extremely beneficial and rewarding, but it’s important to consider a few things first.
Take, for example, this scenario. You have a wonderful pup at home but you’re concerned that, during your workday, he or she is lonely or inactive. A second dog could help this situation immensely. Dogs are social animals, and chances are good that the two will play together while you’re out and about.
To help ensure the dogs get along, you’ll want to consider the following:
* Adding a second female pup is usually ill advised
* Most dog breeds get along best with their own breed
* With two males, it’s a good idea to have at least one of them neutered to minimize dominance issues
Additionally, when adding a second animal, no matter the species, it’s always a good idea to ask these questions:
- Is your existing pet good with other pets?
- Have you budgeted for a second pet?
- Do you want to travel with both pets? In the case of dogs, some pet friendly locations are reluctant to take two pups, and boarding two dogs will cost more.
- If necessary, are you prepared to train two pets?
- What is your main motivation for wanting another pet?
Adding a second pet is a special time, particularly if you adopt. Not only are you making a world of difference and changing the life of a new animal for the better, but you’re also contributing to the well being of your first pet. Not to mention, studies show that pets add to your life, so a double dose can’t be a bad thing!
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