Bringing a new puppy into the household is a big responsibility, with a significant investment in time and money to be made. For this reason, many people shy away from the idea of buying a second dog. Yet many others consider getting a second puppy to be a great idea. They know their busy schedule will keep them away from the house for many hours of the day and the puppies can keep each other company while they are out. For certain households this strategy makes sense but to avoid undue disruption, when it comes to deciding whether you get one puppy or two, timing can be everything.
Two Pups at Once
Two pups growing up together can create certain problems. The most obvious being some extra work, and of course, double the mess. Two pups can also become dependent on each other and subsequently pay less attention to their human owners, creating issues with training both at the same time. It can be very difficult to train two pups simultaneously who are used to each other’s’ company and can be distracted by each other. Attempting to separate them during training will help in the early stages of each new trick will help to speed up training efforts.
One Pup At a Time
While you may be starting to think that maybe two puppies aren’t such a good idea after all there is actually a way to bring two animals into the home which negates all of the above problems – simply wait a while before introducing the second puppy. This gives the original pup plenty of time to bond with his human family and find his place in the world. The original dog then has a chance to develop at his own pace, receive focused training, and become a good leader by learning from his own mistakes.
When do you introduce the second puppy?
Many experts recommend at least 6 – 12 months should pass before introducing another puppy into the household. When the second puppy arrives in a year or so he will have a well-adjusted animal he can look up to for guidance. The established dog will be in a position of authority and can discipline the younger pup when appropriate, but still be young enough that both can enjoy a bit of puppy rough housing. Young pups are also more likely to show respect towards an adult dog than they would towards a puppy of the same age.
There are plenty of great reasons to get two dogs but introducing two puppies at the same time may cause more problems than it solves. This isn’t to say that it can’t be done but it pays to be aware of the extra workload two puppies may create. You may think it’s double the love, but it could also prove to be double the work, so seriously consider your strategy if you live in a household that wants two or more dogs.