As y’all probably already know, I loooove my dogs, so this post was fun to write. I shared a blog post when our first one turned six months old on the things I didn’t expect when getting a puppy, and now that our second one has reached his “six-month mark,” I figured it was about time to write another post on them.
Along with the fact that we were planning to start a family soon, and our first dog would no longer be our “baby,” below are some reasons why we decided to get a second pup (or reasons I came up with to convince my husband we needed another one 😉 ).
1. They entertain each other.
Our two boys run around the yard for hours on end, no matter what the weather is like. As much as I love the guy, Ranger used to bug me all day, every day to play with him while I was trying to work, but now that he has a playmate, they keep each other busy. I’m able to cook, clean, work or entertain guests without feeling like I need to give them constant attention while I’m at home.
2. They keep each other company.
Dogs are pack animals. Their instinct is to be a companion, and what better companion than that of your own species? It’s also been easier to leave them at home. Ranger used to get extremely anxious when we left and would throw fits, but he’s been acting so much better since having a friend at home with him. They eat, sleep and play together, and it’s the cutest thing to know they’ll grow up alongside each other.
3. Training the second is typically easier.
Let me start by saying that the opposite MIGHT happen – the first might learn bad behaviors from the second, but typically, a puppy would have someone to learn from and train with. We put so much time and energy into training Ranger, that he’s made it easier for us to teach Cowboy the same. It’s been a slower process, just because of our laziness, but he learns quickly and has an example to look up to.
4. They are well-socialized.
I used to take Ranger to this giant dog park weekly to make sure he was socialized with other dogs, but between driving, giving him enough time to play, and bathing him, the park turned into an entire half-day ordeal. Since having two dogs, they’ve both learned to share food, toys and attention with each other, so I don’t have to worry about them being territorial.
5. You’ll get double the love.
Dogs bring so much joy into a family, and their unconditional love is truly special. I always grew up with a family dog, and want my kids to have the same, so training two dogs through their puppy stages before we have kids has been one of the best decisions. Sure, coming home to your furry friend is the best feeling in the world, but imagine coming home to TWO adorable faces every day.
Owning a dog is a huge responsibility in itself, but the pros outweigh the cons in my book. Keep in mind that you’ll have more vet bills to pay, dog food to buy and time to spend training your new pup, but it’s all worth it to wake up to two wet noses and wagging tails!
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February 6, 2019 at 11:05 am
Love those boys!!!
February 11, 2019 at 4:11 pm
We tried this a couple years ago… getting a second dog, that is. But our original dog said no, in no uncertain terms. He didn’t want a girlfriend. The kids were heartbroken, but we had to return her after the big bloody fight they got into less than an hour after bringing her home. So, we’ve got an “only” dog, and that’s how he likes it.
February 14, 2019 at 12:20 pm
Yes! Your first dog’s opinion can definitely play a huge role. He just wants all the family loving to himself! 😉
June 15, 2019 at 4:47 am
One easy (and cute) way to ensure your doggy is getting enough exercise? Adding a second dog to the mix. You’ll still have to spend some one-on-one time with each dog every day—it’s actually super important for their socialization and development—but they can keep each other exercised and entertained.