You love your dog. Your dog loves you. But is your pup missing out on the social bond that can only come from living with another pup?
For some dogs, being a one-person pup is the happiest, most fulfilling role. For others, though, being a lone dog in a house of humans can feel lonely. For those dogs, having a puppo playmate adds fun and frolic and helps enrich their lives. How do you know if your dog’s searching for her bae or is happier being single? Read on!
Full-Time Fun or Chill?
Is your dog a playful pup? Does she perk up when you approach the dog park? Does she wag and bow at dogs she meets on the street? She might be lonely for playful interactions with others of her species. If your dog’s behavior when she spots another dog shows you just how much she loves being around other dogs, she might just be the perfect candidate to get a brother or sister!
On the flip side, some chill dogs still love companionship. It’s important to realize that every dog’s personality--just like every person’s--is totally unique. Your pup might love to have a snuggle buddy for his spot on the sofa.
In either case, the important thing is to talk to the shelter workers or breeder or check in with your vet to explain your dog’s personality in depth to make sure you find the perfect sibling for your bestie.
Stave Off Naughty Behavior
For mischievous doggos who get up to no good, another dog might provide a positive solution. (Obviously, if your dog is experiencing separation anxiety or distress, consult with your vet before taking any further action!) Dogs who are bored find ways to entertain themselves. Think: shredded drapes, chewed shoes, non-stop barking, and so on.
If your dog is home alone and seems bored, listless, or destructive, adding another dog to your family could be the ticket. They’ll be able to keep each other company, stave off boredom, and keep bad behavior to a minimum.
Just make sure they have compatible energy levels: If your bored pup is a super-high-energy dog, you might want to add a calmer pup to the mix since they will learn from and feed off of each other! Again, your vet, a shelter worker, or a breeder can help you find the perfect pup for your perfect pup.
Here’s another argument for multiple dogs: all the photos. OK, OK. We know that’s not a serious case for adopting a second--or third--pup. However, two or more dogs need lots of exercise, so your growing pack will have tons of fun adventures. Plus, a bunch of dogs cuddled up together might just be the cutest thing around. A bunch of dogs romping and wrestling together is probably the funniest thing you’ll have going down in your backyard. And a bunch of dogs to welcome you home each day is definitely the heart-warming-est! In other words, multiple dogs will bring happiness and joy to your everyday! And who couldn’t use more of that?
Know Your Dog
Of course, not all dogs want a live-in buddy. If you’re unsure, try arranging meet-and-greets with other dogs before you take the plunge. Quick tip: A lot of shelters offer “foster to adopt” programs where you can invite a dog into your home without the commitment or expense to see if it’s a match made in heaven before you adopt. It’s a great way to get to know a dog, get to know how your dog reacts, and get to spring a dog from a shelter, even if it’s just for a short while.
No matter what, check with a pro like your vet first, just to make sure you cover all your bases. Then, start your search for your new dog with an open mind. You and your herd of pups will be having fun together in no time!