You already have a dog and you love it in a way that you’ve never loved anything before. Your dog laughs with you, cries with you, exercises with you, and is essentially your partner in this thing we call life.
So, why would you want to go and get another dog? Why would you want to risk messing up a good thing? Because, in the end, it could turn out to be the best decision you’ll ever make.
Without further ado, here 7 reasons why two dogs are better than one.
Why Two Dogs Are Better Than One
While having one dog can be fulfilling, having two dogs is typically even more fulfilling. Why? Find out below!
1. Dogs Thrive With Like-minded Friends
The fact of the matter is that dogs are pack animals. They need company in order to function, and if they don’t get it, they will get nervous and tear apart everything around them.
While dogs enjoy human companionship, human companionship isn’t always enough to keep them satisfied. After all, most dog owners are forced to go away to school or work for 8 to 12 hours a day. This means that their dogs are left alone for almost half of the day with no one to keep them company.
Fortunately, this problem can be quickly rectified. All you have to do is add another dog to the mix. As long as you ease your new dog into your living situation, your old dog will begin to take a liking to it, and they will eventually become friends.
2. Reduced Separation Anxiety
Dogs have a habit of getting attached to their humans. In fact, they tend to get so attached that, while their humans are gone, they’re in a constant state of fear and nervousness. This is commonly referred to as separation anxiety.
Separation anxiety isn’t just a problem for your dog. It’s also a problem for you and the possessions that exist in your house.
Why is this? Because, when dogs feel separation anxiety, they (as a coping mechanism) often start to destroy the things that are around them. For instance, they’ll defecate in places where they shouldn’t, chew on valuable possessions, and scratch at the carpet.
The good thing is that there are ways for you to ease this separation anxiety. One of the most effective ways is by bringing another dog into the house. The new dog will serve as a companion to your old one, helping to keep him or her calm while you’re gone.
3. Fewer Dogs Left in the Shelter
It’s estimated that around 6.5 million animals enter shelters in the United States every year. A good many of these animals wait months or years to finally be accepted into forever homes. Some of these animals are never accepted into forever homes at all.
While you certainly shouldn’t feel obligated to rescue all of these animals, you should at least be cognizant of the fact that the more animals you bring into your home, the fewer animals there will be that will have to live in shelters.
In essence, by taking in 2 dogs instead of 1, you make a bigger impact on the lives of companion animals at large. You contribute more to the solving of the problem.
4. Twice the Dogs = Twice the Love
Is there anything better than coming home after the end of a long day at work and being greeted by your dog? The simple embrace of your dog can take your existential dread and turn it into pure, unbridled joy.
Now, just imagine what two dogs could do! With two dogs in your home, you’ll be living in a world of almost perpetual bliss. The only occasions on which you’ll feel less than great are those occasions in which you’re forced to be away from your canine friends.
5. Training is Made Easy
Maybe you’re skeptical about taking in a new dog because you’re not sure if you’ll have time to train it?
While your skepticism is justified to an extent, the fact of the matter is that having a trained dog around an untrained dog greatly simplifies the process.
By having a trained dog in your home, your new dog will be able to learn by example. For instance, if your old dog rings a bell in order to alert you that he or she has to use the bathroom, he or she will be able to slowly teach your new dog the same process.
While some training will still be needed on your part, it won’t have to be anywhere near as intensive as it otherwise would have been.
6. Less Attention Required from You
The fact of the matter is that dogs need love and attention on a regular basis. If they don’t get it, they become depressed and anxious, and might even start behaving in an irrational manner.
If you have only one dog, that one dog relies on this love and attention from you and you only. However, if you bring two dogs into the house, they can rely on each other for love and attention. This will allow you to get things done without feeling any guilt.
7. Improved Security
Do you rely on your dog to keep your home secure? Are you dependent on his or her bark to scare off potential intruders? If so, you can double up on your security by bringing in another dog.
Not only will two dogs sound louder and meaner than one dog, but they’ll also help each other pick up the slack. For instance, if one of your dogs happens to sleep through a door knock, the other of your dogs will most likely be ready to bark on his or her behalf.
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Are you convinced? Do you now see how two dogs are better than one? If so, and if you’re thinking about bringing home a second dog, you might be in need of further information.
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