(Closed) Getting a second dog

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
4824 posts
Honey bee

I think getting a second dog is usually better after the first is a bit older and well trained. Its hard to train two dogs at once if you dont have a lot of experience.

As for your parents house that is a very good concern.  Just because you love your animals doesnt mean people you visit will want them coming along. Do you tend to take weekends away?  If so do you have people who are willing to watch two dogs vs one? Can you afford to put both in the kennel if you need to? Vet bills both expected and unexpected? Even food costs.

Post # 4
755 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We got three puppies at the same time. I got a poodle, the sweetest quietest thing you’ll ever meet. My Fi got a husky, who is very gentle but clumsy. And then we got one more because Raiden(husky) didn’t know how big he actually was so he was starting to hurt Luna(poodle). So we got a english setter Marla. It was amazing. They all grew up together and they didn’t learn bad habits until, like you, we visited my parents very often and all of a sudden Luna started barking a lot. But that had nothing to do with our three and she doesn’t bark now unless there actually is someone outside. I love our kids and it’s awesome to watch them play together.

Post # 6
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I agree with waiting until your current puppy is a bit older.  I have raised two puppies at once, and it can be done.  But I have heard, and it was my experience as well, that they will bond very closely to each other and may not bond as closely to you because of this.  Our male dog was a few months older than our female.  When we took the female for walks, the male would go nuts, (she didn’t seem to care if we took him without taking her).  Also, she was a retriever, but until he died, she would not play fetch.  Not sure why, or if that even had anything to do with it, but after he died, she would play until she was too tired or we were!

Post # 7
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My husband bought Bean, our puggle, as a puppy a month after we started dating. Once we were living together I wanted to get another dog. After alot of searching I found Squash. He was the same age as Bean and he was a pug. We took Bean to meet him and she was a little irritated, but we could tell she liked him.

It took them a bit to adapt especially since we had been for about 3 years before we got Squash. However, a month or so later they are 100% in love and best friends. Bean seems less bored and we don’t feel nearly as bad about leaving them at home while we’re at work. It was important to us to find a dog in similar size and temperment to Bean because we didn’t want to stress her out.

Squash ended up being the perfect match and as for care it isn’t too bad since they are both older and are potty trained.


If you do decide to get another just be sure to take your current dog’s feelings into consideration :).

Post # 8
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I got my GSP as a pup and she is a wonderful dog.  I took a lot of time to train her.  When she was just over a year old I adopted a 5 year old dog -a lab.  On one hand, she loved having him as a “play toy,” and would wrestle with him a lot.  For the most part though, he drove her crazy.  The lab wasn’t trained as well and he got in trouble a lot and that made my GSP rather neurotic.  GSP was really eager to please and the lab would be doing something naughty, so the GSP would try to do it too, but know that it was wrong.  Plus, the lab was always getting in trouble, and the GSP thought she was.  We ended up finding a WONDERFUL home for the lab, a much better situation for him, and for our GSP.  Having one dog after having two is so different.  She gets more attention, more walks (I couldn’t handle them both- so I hated having to chose), she knows what is expected and does it well and likes being a good dog.  I also hated not knowing who did the naughty thing when something happened.  Anyway, the GSP is MUCH happier now.  I spend so much less on dog food and half the vet bills.  I really recommend one dog over two, but we are also in an apartment.  Someday if we have a fenced yard, I might add on again, but poor GSP would be driven crazy again!  Oh, and the kennel is half as much for one dog, plus dog meds.  It has really made a huge difference and now GSP gets more spoiled.  For us, pooring it into one dog has made one really great dog instead of two semi-naughty ones.  (Although, I adopted the lab, so maybe it would be different if I had raised both dogs?)  But this has been my experience!

Post # 10
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think pups in pairs are a fabulous idea, but I fully support doing LOTS and LOTS of research, and making sure that you are fully prepared, both financially and emotionally (you and your already established pup). In my previous relationship, there were 2 beagles, when we split up, we also split the beagles. So, naturally, when I got myself out and on my feet again, I started looking for a second pup…after I met current FI–I made the investment in the second pup. I hadn’t done as much breed research as I probably should have, you could call it an “emotional purchase”, he was just so darn cute! So, now I have your not so prototypical beagle, she is 5 years old and very, very quiet–almost never bays and is amazingly well behaved. I also have (the second pup) a 2 1/2 year old American Eskimo, who is a little harder to control, a little loud and VERY rambunctious =) I love them both dearly, and wouldn’t trade either of them for the world, and they get along great. I would recommend, in your case, waiting a little while longer perhaps to bring another pup into the family–my beagle helped to potty train the eskie, and teach him to sit, etc. I can’t imagine having to teach two pups at the same time to do all of those things, especially one with as much energy as the eskie as. Another thing that we didn’t quite prepare ourselves for, was the financial burden–the annual vet bill–DOUBLES, if you go on vacation and have to kennel–DOUBLE the price, flea & tick medication–DOUBLES, weekly food–DOUBLES, the little things do add up! Also, at about 18 months, our eskie was diagnosed with HGI, a rare but recurring gastrointestinal problem…he spent almost an entire week in the vet ICU, we almost lost him =( That bill alone was close to $2500, he’s had one other similar visit, and also has seizures. These things are rare, and yes I do treat my pups like children, but the financial burden can be HUGE if something goes wrong…

Post # 11
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I love having two dogs and would never be a one dog household again.

We adopted our second dog when our 1st was 1 1/2, in border collie years that is pretty much full maturity. She was 100% trained and was even starting to be able to walk off leash and be under full voice command when we adopted our second dog. Because of this our older dog sort of showed the new puppy the way. She was potty trained and house trained so much quicker and it was funn to watch but our older dog actually corrected her when she did something wrong.

I would be a little nervous about having two puppoes at once because you sort of have double the trouble.

My older dog Roxy did revert back and forget some of her commands so we took both dogs back to school and now I have a wonderful little pack. They do keep each other company and love to play and get in trouble together. The first time I walked both of them I came home in tears and then each time it gets better. You do need more time a first to focus on training both dogs to work together but after the adjustment period having two dogs is the same time constraint as having one.

In regards to financial you do double your costs. Between grooming, vet, and food it costs m about $1k per year per dog. Also remember that puppies are expensive at first since the need all of their shots and boosters and may need to be fixed.

If going to your parents in a concern I would certainly talk to them and see how they feel about having a second dog.

One more point it if your dog is the dominant dog then make sure you get a more passive puppy. And if your current dog is the passive dog, you need to get a dog that is younger so that your current dog still remains on top of the pack.

Post # 12
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

See, after dog sitting for a few friends and finding a stray (who later found his family) those experiences have totally turned me off having a second dog. Each time Fin has had wonderful playmates and they’ve sunk into our routine flawlessle, walked two at the same time no problem, and that part wasn’t really a big deal at all!

I have a wonderful, amazing Golden Retriever pup (9 months old) and we’ve totally gone back and forth on getting a second. Whether it be another golden from his breeder, a rescue, or another breed pup.

We do ask my parents for coverage at times and two is a lot more than one when asking a favour.

Second to that, we do want to have kids (a few!) someday and two dogs is a lot more to worry about than one when you add babies into the mix. I know a lot of people that would battle me back “what’s one more” or once you have one “might as well have two” but I wholeheartedly disagree!

What about fostering? It’s something we’re considering doing “seasonally” from about Sept-Dec both of our work has us too busy and travelling and we do rely on a little extra help. But the core winter months and through Spring and Summer we would be an awesome foster family and that’s something we’re considering.

If you’re noting financial matters with one, I would definitely not do a second. All it takes is one giant vet bill and not being able to cover it no problem to really make the dog(s) a burden and I would never want our guy to feel like a burden!

It really depends on how comitted to your dog you are too! Fin is with us every moment he can be. We are not the type to leave our dog behind, get him out for a ton of physical activity and he is never just dumped into the backyard and that’s his only outside time. Some people value dogs differently and it’s not a “I don’t love my dog” thing, just in how they’re incorporated into your life, and for us, for now -as much as I would have 10 if I could, a second is not the right fit for our busy lifestyle and upcoming plans!

Post # 13
6893 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

We got two puppies within a few months of eachother and they are like brother and sister, though their breeds aren’t similar at all. 🙂 It’s so cute. They are four months apart, and let me just say: It doesn’t really increase our costs OR our work that much. The dog food isn’t significantly different, the boarding is usually easy. The only difference is the vet costs and we only incur those maybe twice a year.

They keep eachother company during the day and it’s a lot more fun to take them on walks – we can each have one. I understand waiting but we didn’t really see the point. We wanted a second dog anyway, why not let them “grow up” together? I guess it’s either a now or later kind of scenario. Once we move into our house, we’ll probably end up with three. lol.

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