The Benefits of Getting a Second Dog
Thinking about expanding your furry family from one dog to two?
Getting a second dog is a serious commitment and not a decision to be taken lightly. There is the time and money put into training, walking, vets visits, flea and tick treatment, grooming and more. Plus the considerations of breed, how the new dog will get along with your existing dog or children, the logistics of traveling with two animals or having someone care for two animals. The list goes on.
However, there are also lots of benefits to welcoming another dog into your home.
Companionship For Your Other Dog
Dogs are pack animals and spending time with their own kind builds confidence, teaches good social behavior and can decrease anxiety. A dog with a canine companion is less likely to suffer from separation anxiety and boredom when left at home, which can lead to destructive behavior.
Increased Socialization For You And Your Family
Another dog means more walking for your new dynamic duo which is likely to result in more interactions between you and other people. A walk around the neighborhood that leads to a chat with the neighbors. A trip to the dog park that sees you laughing with other dog parents. Puppy classes, the vets, groomer visits are all places that you are likely to have an interaction with fellow animal lovers and potentially make new human and canine friends.
We love them. They make us happy. So two dogs equals double the love. Plus the exercise that goes into taking care of two animals is a natural mood lifter.
Save A Life
When choosing to welcome a second dog into your home you can opt to rescue a shelter dog. There are approximately 3.7 million dogs in shelters in the United States and devastatingly around 650,000 end up being euthanized. By adopting a pet from a shelter you are literally saving a life.