(Closed) Are we ready for a second dog?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would agree – you should wait

If you cant handle a dog that would be much “worse” / a little more high maintenance than the dog you have now than you arent quite prepared IMO . Also if you have a pet you should definitly have the $$$ aside for some worst case scenarios.

I would say you you are obviously doing a great job with the dog you have now and perhaps revisit the idea in a few months/year


Post # 4
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I agree that you should wait.  We adopted our first dog when she was about a year old, she hadn’t been abused but had been through a couple of homes that just couldn’t take care of her anymore.  She was like yours – actually we did have a couple of chewing issues with her at first, nothing huge though, and NEVER had an accident in the house, super mellow when others were around, free reign of the house while we were gone and so well behaved.  She definitely spoiled us.  

We’d had her for almost 4 years this past spring when we adopted a second dog.  She was at the doggie day-care where we boarded our dog while we went away for a weekend, and we fell in love with her while picking up our doggie.  We had already been considering a second dog, and everyone at the kennel just LOVED her (she had been there over a year) and was sad to see her go, even though they wanted to get her into a good home.  

To be honest with you, as much as I love her, I sort of regret it.  She is a little higher maintenance than our other dog, especially in the housetraining area.  She is better trained now than when we got her, it didn’t take much work and she caught on fast, but she still has accidents if we’re gone more than a couple hours, and sometimes much less.  It makes me feel like I am chained to my house.  We have a crate and have tried crating her but she yelps and whines and makes Darling Husband feel guilty.  (I don’t but whatever.)  We just clean the carpet a lot, she always pees in the same spot, but it really stresses me out.  

We thought our older dog would want a companion, but actually they still don’t seem that attached to each other, and the first dog wants very little to do with the new one, so that makes me feel guilty too.  They are close in age, the new one was about 3 when we adopted her, but still not the best of buddies.  

Anyway long story but definitely think long and hard… I would say enjoy one dog till you can’t stand it any more.  We couldn’t, and if it hadn’t been her, we would have adopted another one who might have been even worse 🙂  And we do have two dogs we love who love us so I really can’t complain!  

Post # 5
984 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

It does sound like you aren’t quite ready yet but I’ll share our experience for some extra perspective.

I found my dog (she’s a blue heeler mix) when she was around a year old in 2006. She wasn’t bad but she wasn’t good either but with some training she became an angel. Seriously, she has been the greatest dog ever. I moved out of my parents house about a year after I got her and in with a friend and her dog. Having two dogs then was hard but harder so because it wasn’t my dog. Fast forward a year and I moved in with Darling Husband, we wanted another dog but wanted to wait until we had a yard. So we waited until we got married and found a rental with a yard, but just before we moved we dog sat for my parents dog and we nearly changed our mind about getting a second dog. It was really hard to manage both of them and my parents’ dog was so hyper and had major seperation issues, compared to my dog he was just awful. However, we moved forward with our plans to get a corgi after we moved. We got a puppy and have had him for about a year now and I will tell you while it was hard at first (late nights, house breaking, training etc) I’m really glad we have a second dog because our older dog is entertained and has someone to play with. I’m even happier we got a puppy because he was so much easier to train than a grown dog and our older dog modeled behavior for him. As for the cost, it was a little more expensive at first (obviously with first shots and whatnot) but I find that it’s not that much more for meds and food for two dogs vs. one, especially if you have a vet that will give you a discounted rate for multiple animals.

I would say it’s completely up to you and your SO, but if you are feeling really hesitant then I would say don’t do it.

Post # 6
2701 posts
Sugar bee

I will go against the grain here and say the more the merrier. If you have the time to train your new dog, I am sure that the dog you have now would very much appreciate a buddy to have around the house while you’re at work. Dogs are pack animals and live with the pack mentality. Adding another fur baby to your household could be enriching and rewarding if you have the time. We have three rescue dogs and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

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