Are two dogs better then one?

posted 2 weeks ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
1626 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve always had two dogs because I do think it helps them in general to have a friend. (and because I love dogs!)  I only get adult or senior rescues now, from places who foster dogs so I can get a lot of good information on their personalities and habits from whoever is fostering them. As much as I love puppies, nothing has been as easy and rewarding as adopting a middle aged or senior dog!

I’ve never boarded my dogs – I pay someone to stay at my house. It’s cheaper than boarding*, and more importantly it causes very little stress on my dogs. (the only stress for them is wondering where the heck I am.)  In your situation, two weeks is a long time – I would definitely work to find someone to stay at your home.

* Boarding costs: Not only do you have the daily fee, but you have to get extra shots for bordatella, “dog flu”, and several others I can’t remember. Then there are extra fees if you want your dog played with, etc.

Post # 3
1256 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We have a rescued high-anxiety dog. I would love to get a second dog but timing has just not been right yet. 

However I don’t think a second dog will “fix” this situation. I would look for someone to stay at your house. We have also had luck finding 1-2 individuals who I feel comfortable with having her stay with them, but that’s usually only after she knows them from them staying at ours.

I think we pay ~50-75 /night, although honestly this past while we’ve been lucky that we swap dog sitting needs with a friend who owns a buddy of our dog so its all free. 

I boarded my dog at a kennel once and cried the whole weekend. She was so stressed when we picked her up that I swore never again.

Post # 5
1524 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Have you asked your vet? I mentioned potentially hoarding there because one of our dogs had horrible storm anxiety and needs to be medicated, and the entire front desk staff offered to come and dog sit at our house. That’s usually what we do is have a dog sitter come and feed them and walk them. And they stay home together. 

we have 2 dogs, and I do recommend having 2. They love having a companion!

Post # 7
517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

It’s way easier leaving them when you have two. It took a few months for mine to be best friends but they are inseparable. If one is outside without the other for five minutes they great each other when the other comes inside like they havn’t seen the other in days, its adorable. When leaving them they have a friend and you might be gone but they arn’t abandoned, they have their best friend with them for reassurance and familiarity. If I leave the one by herself she is very upset, if I leave her with her sister she is completely fine. I feel way better leaving them at the kennel together. I get one extra large suite for the two of them, doggie door yard when avalible. They are definitely less stressed together.

Post # 8
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

Is there someone from work/church/community you know and trust to house sit? Maybe a responsible college student who wouldn’t mind a few extra bucks? If you decide to go this route, you don’t need to pay excessively, but pay something fair, offer to buy them a couple groceries, and leave the wifi password out and they’ll keep coming back!

Post # 9
1950 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

In general, I think having two dogs is great! We had just one for ~2 years and got a second just about a year ago. It took them a few weeks to get used to each other, but they are now BFFs/inseparable. It’s so cute. I’m glad they have each other during the day while we’re at work!

That being said, whether you have one or two dogs, it doesn’t really solve your sitter issue. We are lucky that we have a friend we generally switch off dog-sitting with, but we’ve also used friends of friends for sitting and would consider a Rover sitter if we couldn’t find anyone else (so far we’ve only had to use Rover for drop-in walks, but I have a friend who’s used sitters through them and had a good experience. You meet the sitter ahead of time to introduce them to the dog(s), show them the house, etc.)

Post # 11
2646 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

ashleyroo :  try running an add for a house/dog sitter that can provide a criminal record check with the pitch of “need a break from your life/family? Wish you could get paid to take 2 weeks off? Well you can by being my dog/house sitter?” 

Post # 13
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

ashleyroo :  Is Rover available in your area? My doggo has never been boarded and we used to bring him to our close friends to watch. Last summer they moved and for the first time in 6 years we had no one to watch him. I used Rover to find someone who would stay at our house while we were away and it was only $25 a day! We vetted her pretty hard; met her for coffee, met her at the dog park, she came over and we went on a walk with the dog together before hiring her. We love Rover now and have used it multiple times since with the same sitter!

Post # 13
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I personally don’t think that’s a good reason to get a second dog. I recently got a puppy, and I have an eight year old dog as well. She’s our baby. But she’s eight, and can’t compete with me anymore. I need a new competition partner and a dog who can keep up with me on runs. So, during summer break (I’m a teacher) I got a puppy from my senior dog’s breeder. 

It has given me a run for my money. I was a professional trainer before I became a teacher, and even so I’d forgotten how much more work a second dog is. Twice the exercise. Twice the food. Chewing, barking, long training sessions again. I love my new puppy, and he’s the perfect agility dog. I wouldn’t trade him for the world, but going into it blind would have been a bad idea. On top of that, while our dogs like one another, they still want more attention from us than from the other dog. Boarding them would still stress them both out. 


Additionally, if you’re going to be traveling a lot, I’d say that is a major reason NOT to get a new dog. 

Post # 14
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

ashleyroo :  Sorry but if your dog is already anxious, getting a second dog mere months before leaving her for for longer than she’s used to, sounds like a dangerous mix.  They could fight, or she could pass her anxiety on to the new dog.

Do you both have to go for 2 weeks?  Could one person return sooner?  

Otherwise I’d look at all the websites that advertise house sitters.  Failing that, I think shelter would still be a better option than getting a whole ‘nother dog.  Take her to the vet’s beforehand and get an anti-anxiety medication for her stay. 

Post # 15
472 posts
Helper bee

You should not get a new dog right now. You should be working on fixing your current dog’s extreme separation anxiety. Poor thing. 

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