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Benefits Of Having Two Dogs At Home

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Besides the fact that they can play together, having two dogs at home will help prevent them from having separation anxiety that's normal in some dogs.
Benefits Of Having Two Dogs At Home
Last update: 11 November, 2018

You might think it’s too much work, and that they need a lot of space, or that the money you’ll spend on food will surpass your budget. However, having two dogs at home brings more benefits than you think. We’ll tell you more in this article.

Two dogs at home?

If you already have a pet, and you’re thinking about adopting a second one, then thoroughly think it over. Perhaps, you might have pictured yourself having twice as much “problems” or expenses just to take care of both of them.

If you get a second pet, your dog will possibly feel much better when you go to work, because he won’t be alone. Why not try looking into a shelter to adopt a new friend…

Certainly, things will get a bit complicated, but not “twice as much” as you may think. Also, having two dogs at home can help you save money if you buy food in bulk. Continue reading to find out some more benefits of living with more than one pet:

1. Constant company

Pets are wonderful companions that love their family unconditionally, there’s no doubt about that. However, sometimes they get tired and don’t want to play.

That might not be the case when, instead of having one, you have two dogs at home. Perhaps while one is taking a nap, the other wants to lie at our feet as you sit on the couch. So, you’ll never feel alone!

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2. Exercise

Taking one dog to the park or around the block is enough for training, but…can you imagine what happens when you have two pets?

One will probably go faster than the other, and make you walk at a higher speed than normal. It’s perfect if you don’t go to the gym or are too lazy to exercise.

3. Dog Happiness

One of the most common behavioral problems of dogs — especially in breeds such as the Cocker Spaniel — is separation anxiety. Being alone for extended periods of time may cause your dog to become depressed, break things, urinate everywhere, or be aggressive.

This doesn’t happen when there are two dogs at home. While it’s true that they can “team up” to do their antics, that they will be so happy being together that they won’t have time to bite the furniture or steal your socks. In addition, you won’t have complaints from neighbors about barking, howling, or crying all day long.

Two pets living together is fantastic because they’ll be there for each other at all times, keeping each other warm in winter, and pampering each other when the other is sick.

4. Wholesale Prices

One important thing to take into consideration when it comes to adopting a second pet is your budget. In fact, you won’t be literally spending twice as much money for having two animals.  

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When you have two pets, you can take advantage of the situation and buy a big bag of food, which costs less money than several smaller ones for the same amount. In addition to having food for several weeks, you’ll save money.

The same can be applied to toys, antiparasitic pipettes, or even veterinary appointments. The vet may even only charge you for one consultation, or give you a discount for taking both dogs on the same day.

If you plan to adopt a second pet, you must think carefully about making this decision, because will have twice the amount of responsibility. It’s important for both animals to be in good health and have everything they need.

Finally, it’s a good idea to analyze the personality of the dog that already lives with you, and whether he’ll get along with another pet in the house.

If your pet is more than five years old, it’s not a good idea to bring home a puppy, because the newcomer will have much more energy and the adult won’t have the patience to put up with him.

When a new dog arrives into the home, you’ll have to introduce it to the other one, and pay attention to how they both behave.

There will probably be some disputes over territory, food, beds, or attention. However, before you know it, they’ll become inseparable. By then, you’ll realize that it was the best decision you ever made.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

Peral, A. A., & Pino, E. A. (2011). La ansiedad por separación en perros. REDUCA.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.