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The Pros and Cons of Getting a Second Dog

You love your dog so much you’re thinking about bringing home a second furry friend, because twice the dog equals twice the fun, right? That could be true, but here's what you need to consider before you rush into making a decision.

When you adore your dog and have lots of fun together, it's natural to start thinking about adding a second dog to your pack. Or perhaps you're feeling worried that your dog gets lonely while you are at work all day, and wonder if they would be happier with a friend. You may be right!

The Pros

  • Your family will have twice the love to enjoy. No more fighting over who gets to walk the dog.
  • Your pet will have a playmate, if they want one. This can also keep your pet out of your hair when they’re bored and want to play.
  • More dogs enforce the group dynamic, and help your dog feel secure.
  • Some dogs do get lonely without a friend, and a second dog will alleviate this loneliness.
  • If your dog has separation anxiety, having another dog there may help. Another dog can be a valuable companion so your dog doesn’t miss you as much while you’re gone.
Before you rush into bringing home that new four-legged family member, take a moment to think through the big picture—both the benefits, and challenges.

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