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Choosing a Dog…Or Two?

August 29, 20120 Comments

In an article on SierraSun.com, a couple recently lost their 13 year old dog and are considering getting a puppy.  The question raised by the husband is whether to get one puppy or two.  His thinking is that if they get two puppies, they they will have company when he and his wife are at work.  This seems to make sense, but when choosing a dog (or two!) there are other issues that you want to consider.  See what a veterinarian has to say about this issue.

Choosing a Dog…Or Two?

As a rule, most training professionals recommend against adopting two puppies at one time. Puppies raised together tend to bond very strongly to each other at the expense of the dog-human relationship. This strong bond can also lead to extreme stress when they inevitably have to be separated due to medical problems or when one dies before the other. Another major concern is that owners tend to underestimate the amount of time is takes to properly socialize and train a puppy. Even raising one puppy can seem overwhelming at times. Two puppies raised together are often under socialized and inadequately trained. (Read More)

No one should leave a puppy alone for more than a couple of hours at a time. This means employing someone that could come to play with the puppy or walk it during the day.  A doggie day care kind of establishment is also something to consider, but if you have two dogs that could be quite a regular fee! That kind of thinking should also be employed when considering the costs for two dogs overall; adoption costs, vet fees, training classes, dog food, supplies etc. Doubling all that could make the decision a rather expensive one.

IF the decision to get two dogs still seems like something you want to do, then be sure you crate them at night separately and that you train and play with them separately as well.  It is so important to really help them learn to be independent of each other and establish their own confidence.  So when choosing a dog or two, be sure you have the time and money available to really devote to them.

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