Post # 1
So my husband and I adopted our wonderful pup 2 years ago this May. We are moving into our first home in a few weeks and we have been struck by total doggy fever!! This started, well to be honest when we got our first dog, but not in a real way until we got back from our delayed honeymoon at the beginning of January. While we were gone my parents were taking care of our dog and my sister’s. At some point during the 2 weeks they were together, a beautiful friendship formed, and they would play together for hours everyday. My sister’s dog used to snap at ours and mostly ignore her, so this was pretty surprising! Anyway, we realized that our dog that really could use another dog around. She has some issues with separation anxiety, which I know getting another dog does not solve, but perhaps it might help there. Mostly she just LOVES other dogs and although she does not seem unhappy on her own, she might be happier with a friend.
However, we also have baby fever and will be starting to try for our first in a few months. So tell me, if you have experience with a two dog household, how much extra work is it? Is it a terrible idea to have 2 dogs + newborn? I know that it will obviously cost more, but that’s not really too much of a concern and generally my parents watch the dogs if we go away so it’s mostly a matter of any potential Vet bills. My coworkers who have children (but are not really dog people) all tell me it’s a terrible idea, so I just want the perspective of someone who’s been there.
One more thing, we would not be getting a puppy. We got to have the puppy experience with our first dog and she was adorable but obviously it’s a lot of work, and I would want to get a dog that might have less of a chance at being adopted otherwise. Also, we’d make sure that the dogs got a chance to meet before adopting to make sure it’s a good fit.
Post # 3
I haven’t had any experience with this, but my brother-in-law has 3 dogs (great dane, golden retriever and boxer) and they are expecting their first child in May.
As to how it will work out? I have no idea. But I would expect with two dogs it wouldn’t be that difficult.
Post # 4
@MmeVT: We are a 2 dog house and are expecting a baby this summer. In a lot of ways, caring for 2 dogs isn’t that much harder than 1 and the benefits have far out-weighed the negatives. The main benefit has certainly been companionship for our slightly neurotic older dog. She doesn’t like all dogs, especially right away, but she has formed a lovely bond with our second dog, who we did adopt as a puppy, since she gets along with puppies/more submissive dogs best. We already were in the habit of going for walks, buying food, going to the vet, so it really wasn’t hard to add a second dog to the mix. We do try to be more careful with money though and we don’t travel without the dogs as often as we did with one, because pet-sitting is expensive!
Post # 5
Commenting to follow! We have two cats and are thinking about adopting a dog too but have the same worries about having a baby down the road.
On the other hand, I talked to my BFF who has a cat and a dog and they are expecting their first. She said as long as the dog is well adjusted and you have them on a schedule it shouldn’t be a problem!
Post # 6
We got a second dog for the same reason- our girl had bad seperation anxiety. Honestly it has helped her immensely. They love to cuddle and play. It was a little extra work to establish her dominence over him since she is smaller but it was important since she was with us first. We are pregnant and due in 2 months. I think it will be easier to take care of the two dogs + baby than it would be to take care of 1 dog + baby since, in my experience, 1 dog needs way more attention! I also found out a lot about her by adding in another family member- it would make me nervous to add a baby into the equation without knowing how she would react to a newcomber.
Even if you get pregnant right away (fingers crossed!) you still have 9 months to work with the new dog before the baby comes. I saw go for it.
Post # 7
I think it depends on what “services” you have – I can’t think of a way to phrase that better. Right now, we have one dog and live in a townhouse. We have to walk the dog three times a day. If we had two dogs and a baby, this would not work. If you have a fenced in yard, or a yard with a leash and can let them out to do their business, I don’t think it will be a big deal. Walking two dogs and a baby? Nope.
Post # 8
I personally don’t find two dogs to be harder than one. They entertain each other quite a bit, and are good company when we have to leave the house. We do have a fenced yard though. If you had to walk your dogs for potty breaks, I think that would be really hard with a newborn.
As far as vet bills, yes it is more expensive obviously. But any dog can blow an ACL or get an obstruction. I would not get a second dog if I couldn’t afford an emergency vet visit or potentially very costly operation.
Post # 9
We have two dogs and a baby. We have a basset hound/beagle mix and a foxhound/beagle mix. Two dogs work better for us, and actually makes having a baby easier. They love to play and go crazy with eachother, which is nice because we don’t have quite as much time for them as we did pre-baby. Luckily, we have a big fenced in back yard and a doggy door, so that makes things a bit easier as well.
We have insurance on them, so that we can mitigate the cost of vet bills.
Post # 10
@MissTatas: Glad to hear that it helped her separation anxiety! I think it probably would with our dog too, but everything you read says that you shouldn’t get another dog thinking it will cure the problem (which isn’t our primary motive here).
@Glasgowbound: Our new house has a partially fenced in yard right now, so we have the option of making it fully fenced in. Also, my husband and I both get home from work fairly early (3-3:30), so that would help if we’re trying to walk both dogs at the same time! I agree, my biggest concern was that it didn’t seem feasible to walk 2 dogs + a baby.
@Westwood: You’re right on the money as far as vet bills – you just never know. So far we haven’t had any major ones except for an ear infection that set us back $150, but we would pay whatever we had to in the event of an emergency.
@FloridaGatorBride: Glad to hear this! I agree, I think it really could help to have two dogs to wear each other out.
@MrsRight: yea, I may have forgotten to mention that we have a cat too…but in terms of time & energy required to care for the two, our kitkat just isn’t that time consuming. I think that one dog and two cats is definitely doable, especially if you do so before baby to have time to train it properly.
Post # 11
This sounds like me and SO!
We adopted a dog Sept ’12 when she was 4 years old and needed a forever home.
She isn’t well socialised but we have looked after my parents’ dog or 6-7 weeks last summer and they got on so well.
My SO wants 2 or 3 dogs next time, so we’ve been talking about 2 puppies AND a baby when the time comes.
I don’t think you’re ‘crazy’, more that we’re all crazy and doggies are the BEST friends in the world.
Post # 12
I’ll let you know in June- We have 2 goldens with a baby on the way! I am worried about them jumping and how they always want to be on top of me…but hopefully we will manage! Fortunately we have “a dog room” (a mud room with a baby gate with their beds, food, etc.) so if they go crazy, they can go back into their room!
Post # 13
Our two dogs were never super close before. One is 10 and the other is 2 so the younger one would annoy the older one. They got along, but they usually did their own thing. Once our baby came (almost 5 months ago) they’ve gotten so much closer. They’re snuggling on the couch together, playing together. It’s so funny to me how much they’ve bonded
Post # 14
We have 2 dogs who are both 6 years old and we have had them since they were babies. We just had our first human baby in December and while it was an adjustment period, everything is good now. I wouldn’t trade my 3 boys for the world, however with that said, I would not even contemplate getting a new dog right now. My boys are trained and have been for years and taking on a new animal before baby would have been way too much. I would recommend either getting a new dog but waiting at least a year or two before baby or vice versa.