Is a second dog a good idea?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Two dogs are difficult for me. Mostly because it didn’t work out the way I hoped it would. Even though I do really love her, my second dog is a pain in the ass and is very bad. My older dog mostly couldn’t care less about her and the vet bills are insane. 

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - City, State

redwinetime :  A friend of mine has a maltease and a year later she bought a toy poodle home. They really are like best friends, in spite of their very different personalities! They are absolutely adorable and not much more work for her husband and her. They do not have children and one of them works a 9-5 job; the other one is a teacher. 

The only issue is the toy poodle is a lttle glutton and will eat the other’s share of food, so my friend needs to hold onto the toy poodle when it is meal time.

Post # 18
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Newbee

I think you should go for it if you have the room. I have two young pups (under six months) and I love it. They are on the same schedule for eating and pottying, so that’s not any harder, and when we do training practice they both cooperate even though the older one is more advanced.

The only thing I don’t like about having two is that they rough-house in the middle of the living room for like 50% of their awake time. I know they will mellow out but I hate when they knock things over or when we trip over them.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

If you can afford it (and, if getting a puppy, if you can deal with the puppy life again) then I reckon go for it! I only just got my first dog and Fiance and I are already talking 2 dogs, 1 kid as opposed to 1 dog, 2 kids.

The puppy stage with our pug has been HARD and I don’t think we’ll get another one until Pugsley is at least 3 or 4. I want a break from the surprise toilet accidents and biting.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Since everyone else has already mentioned time, cost, and getting along, I’ll add that:

1. You may be nostalgic for your alone time with your first pup/ your old routine with him
2. If one dog gets sick, expect that they will both get sick
3. In the case of an emergency, grabbing two dogs may be harder than grabbing one
4. There is always the chance they could hurt each other when you aren’t home or aren’t watching, even if they normally get along

Besides that, most dog pairs, especially male/female, get along just fine. The new girl is very pretty!

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