Dogs are social animals that thrive in packs and feel lonely when alone. Some dogs prefer to live with humans than with another dog, but most won’t have an issue with having another dog companion.
Therefore, it is a good idea to get a second dog to keep your dog company, especially when you don’t spend a lot of time at home.
Some of the benefits of getting a second dog include…
When you have only one dog and you don’t spend much time at home during the day, your dog will spend most of their days feeling bored and lonely. Sometimes, this can even lead to separation anxiety.
Getting a second dog will provide your dog with the companionship they are craving and reduce the likelihood of your dog becoming anxious.
Considering that anxiety sometimes leads to destructive behavior, such as chewing and scratching, getting a second dog can even save you from such destruction.
Keeping Each Other Active
Dogs require lots of exercise for their physical and mental wellbeing. Sometimes, however, you might not be available all the time to give your canine buddy all the exercise they need.
When you have a second dog, your two dogs will spend a lot of time playing with each other and chasing each other all over the yard. This higher level of activity ensures that your dogs get all the exercise they need, without any additional effort on your part.
Puppy Training Becomes Easier
Finally, when you get a puppy when you already have another dog, training the new puppy becomes a lot easier. This is because the puppy has the opportunity to learn from the older dog.
For instance, if your older dog always goes out when they need to use the potty, your puppy will quickly learn that there is a designated potty spot, and it is not inside the house.
Similarly, by seeing your older dog reacting in a certain way to specific commands, it will be a lot easier for the puppy to learn these commands as well.