As most dog lovers say, one is never enough! Having two dogs in your home is fun. It brings more joy, love among many benefits that accrue to adding another dog to your home. However, anything that has its advantage most times has its disadvantages. You will be required to get more food for the two dogs, veterinary bill increases, and other play toys will be needed. How to bring a second to your home remains a concern? How will the first dog react to its new friend? Well, here are a few tips you need to do before bringing a second dog.
Evaluate if your dog is prepared for a buddy
Ensure your dog is prepared to get a new buddy before actually bringing in one. Evaluate him and note any behavioral changes that may need to be looked into, such as barking excessively, destructive behaviors, aggressiveness, or excessive pulling on the leash. Often a new buddy will imitate the other dog’s behavior, which is not advisable.
After getting your first dog, take time before bringing in another one. You should stay up to one year before welcoming in a playmate. Dogs take time to adjust to a new environment. Also, it would be best if you had time to bond with him, as he learns the new house rules and guidelines, which could go up to six months.
Select the right dog
Every dog owner wants to ensure the two dogs are compatible and have similar traits. Select a pup whose energy matches the first canine. An older or younger one may be very infuriating to the first one. Besides, if your pooch is the bold type, get a slightly submissive pooch. If your pooch has low confidence, consider getting a more confident one.
Moreover, if your dog prefers playing with females, bring one of that gender. They will make the house livelier. Consider the size of your pet and get one of equal size. In most instances, having a giant one and a smaller one is fine, but you will need close monitoring as they could end up hurting each other. The big one may accidentally break the smaller one while playing.
After bringing your new pet home, take your first one to a nonaligned place and allow them to greet each other. Ensure they both have a handler and keep their leashes by your side and study their behavior. If they are happy to perceive each other, take a stroll with them until they stop being too excited. Allow them to interact naturally as they play. Once they get comfortable with each other, bring them home and monitor them closely. If any unwanted behavior is observed, make sure to stop it immediately.
Leave them in different crates if you need to leave to avoid any altercations as they get to interact with each other. Feed them separately to prevent disputes. Please don’t leave any bones unattended, as they are likely to fight over them. Monitor their playtime, including their body language. Give them individual attention while training them.
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