(Closed) Difference between 1 and 2 dogs

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If anything it makes life easier – then the dogs entertain eachother.  (I have 3 now, By The Way, and couldn’t be happier)

The biggest difference is cost (obviously) and you have to pick up twice the poop.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I second what MandaMack said! Having 2 dogs imo is way easier than just one and a lot of trainers suggest 2 dogs since they are natural pack animals.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Gabby was one and a half when we got Dudley, and Dudley was just under a year when we got Tyson.  Because they’re closer in age, they’re actually super attached to one another.  If you seperate them they kind of freak out.  As long as your dog has been socialized (and from the sounds of it, he has) you shouldn’t have a problem introducing another dog.

Gabby is the most independent in that she doesn’t always need to be around the other two (she doesn’t freak if they’re seperated) and I think that’s because she lived for a year and a half as an only dog.  She’s definitely happier having doggie brothers, but the boys don’t even know what to do with themselves when they’re alone.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2006

We had four dogs until this past spring, when our eldest dog passed on.  Honestly?  I can’t tell the difference once there is more than one with regards to “the work”.  The biggest place we see it is in the cost to purchase supplies like food, flea protection and heart worm protection.  We also have dogs of multiple weight classes, so that is part of the issue. I will also say that getting two dogs of opposite sexes caused our vet to question if we were running an illegal breeding operation. Obviously they didn’t read the charts or they would have realized both dogs were altered! 

You may also want to be prepared to find alternate dog sitters.  We lost several once we had more than one dog.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ams12: growing up we had dogs that were raised together and liter mates. But they had quarrels just as much as when we adopted another dog. It does take an adjustment time but if your dog is good with other dogs hopefully it won’t take to long. I would suggest adding a new addition when you have a solid couple of days to monitor them and make sure nothing goes bad.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I agree. They keep eachother entertained. The first dog we had seems a lot happier now that he has a constant companion. He didn’t seem unhappy before, but we can really see the difference in him now.

Yes cost is a factor. We buy them a high quality food which costs us $150 month. Vet bills, and boarding fees are a lot more, but worth it IMO. And yes there is the poop and dog hair lol. I can see jealousy issues occasionally but it never amounts to anything serious. We just make sure to give them both equal attention. We were worried about the new rescue getting along with our cats but there are no issues with that at all. The cats rule.

Good luck! And good for you rescuing dogs as opposed to buying puppies! It sounds like the two of you have put a lot of thought and consideration into making this big decision which is awesome. Unfortunately, too many people do not. Let us know how it turns out and post pics!

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Just as everyone stated it’s more of financial obligation then anything.  I’ve always had one but when he passed away and when we felt it was the time, we both fell in love with two…on the same day!  It was certainly a wakeup call.  But I love that they have each other because they do adore one another. I think I’ll always have two…they are each so different in many ways yet the love from them is amazing!  Double the love!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I love having two dogs because our dogs have a lot of energy and when we can’t play with them, they entertain eachother.  Of course, my two dogs put together weight about 22 lbs so I bet it’s a lot different having two dogs that each weigh over 100 lbs–that’s a lot of dog food.

I also find that as long as your dogs are really sweet and friendly, it’s not hard to get a friend to take care of them if you go on a trip.  I mean, coming to my house and letting two dogs out does not take any more effort than coming over and letting one dog out.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My FH and I have (once we moved in together) 3 dogs and 2 cats.  It’s very hectic, especially since he travels 5 days a week out of state for work…but I wouldn’t trade it for a thing.

Honestly, once you have one dog trained and on a schedule, its easy to get a second one on that same schedule with a little work and training.  They do entertain themselves and our dogs HATE being away from each other now.

The main thing to consider is the financial responsibility…more food, vet bills, boarding costs, shots, vet visits.  But we found ways to save!  We found vets and boarders with multiple pet discounts and we take them for shots at PetSupermarket.  PetSupermarket has local vet hospitals that sponsor “cheap shots” on certain days of the week…it’s on their website if you live near one.

Good luck!  All our animals had history of abuse when we adopted them, we worked with them, and they are the best pets anyone could ask for.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you found the right dog, then you have to go with your gut instinct on this one.

My situation is a bit different because mine are toy dogs, but still, I would never go back to owning just 1 dog.  When I got the 2nd dog, I could tell how much happier my first dog was/is.  They play all the time, keep each other company when I’m at work.  You’re already doing all the work for one, so doing it twice is really no work extra at all.

Adding a 3rd seemed like more work, but not a second, if that helps 🙂

I say go for it!!!  As long as your parents are ok with watching two dogs when you go away, I don’t see any issues.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I always grew up with only one dog, mainly because my dog got depressed when my parents tried to get another dog. Well now I have 2 and I would never not have 2 again. If you are already walking, playing, feeding, cleaning then you are already doing all the work that goes into in. Now you are just giving 2 animals a wonderful home and each will have a companion. It is more cleaning and your doubling your expenses but if you are okay with that I would say go for it.

The only point I would make is give them 2 weeks to adjust. At first your current dog may act a little down when his new friend doesn’t go home at night or may get a little jealous. It usually takes 2 weeks for everyone to adjust and then after that they will be inseperable.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

we had two but now have only one.  sad 🙁 

i will say that going from two to one seemed like a lot less work.  Together the two labs were bouncing off the walls.  it’s also much cheaper to feed and take care of just one dog (ours were both 60-85 lbs).  so keep cost in mind.  including kennelling/care for vacations.  The cost to kennel an extra dog per each day of vacation really adds up to make even weekend trips very costly.

i did love having two, though.  they were best buddies and would cuddle together, run around and play together, and wear each other out.  that was definitely a bonus.

we’re thinking about adding a second one again in the next year.  only this time we know the cost/increased time spent caring for two!

Post # 16
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Busy bee

It’s a small adjustment but I think it depends on the dog.  When I still had my cocker spaniel and brought home the second dog, he couldn’t STAND her.  He bit her the first day near her eye.  But I think when we screamed in fright after he bit her he got the picture and never did anything like that again.  He still didn’t like her tho, just tolerated her (although she LOVED him to death!!!).  She would grab onto his tail by the mouth and he would just ignore her and drag her around the house til she let go.  It was hilarious!! 

The biggest thing I had to adjust to is all the expenses of having an extra dog – double the vet costs, vaccinations, food, dog care, etc. 

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