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Should You Get a Second Dog? 3 Pros & Cons of Having Two Dogs | Pupford

November 13th, 2023

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Should you get a second dog? I will say that getting a second dog is no easy decision... there are pros and cons to adding another pup to your home!

You might wonder, is it worth it? Will it be hard? What are the pros and cons of getting a 2nd dog?

In this article, we'll break down 3 fascinating reasons why youย should get a 2nd dog and also 3 reasons why you should NOT get a 2nd dog.

Let's do it. ๐Ÿ‘‡

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Should You Get Another Dog Overview

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I'll say it again, you shouldn't make this decision lightly. Bringing another dog into your home is a huge commitment.

Here are 3 pros and cons of having two dogs โคต๏ธ


  • Your dog will have a playmate
  • Your dogs will be less bored
  • Double the puppy love and cuddles


  • Double the expenses
  • Dog-dog aggression and resource guarding
  • Behavior mirroring

Now, let's dive into each benefit of having two dogs.

Related Reading: How to Train Multiple Dogs

3 Reasons You SHOULD Get a Second Dog - The Benefits

It may seem like a crazy idea, but sometimes getting a 2nd dog can really be a good decision!

Here are three reasons why you should get a second dog.

Your Dogs Will Always Have a Playmate

Puppies take a lot of effort, energy, and time. It seriously can feel like they have unlimited energy...

When you add a 2nd dog to the mix, it can help!

When we got our 2nd puppy, our 1st puppy was SO much happier. She had someone to wrestle with, play with, bother, AND bite besides us humans.

You really can't beat your dog having another doggy friend that is always up for a play date.

Your Dogs Will Be Less Bored

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On a similar note, when you get a second puppy, both dogs will likely be less bored.

This goes back to having someone to play with, but I also think it comes down to dogs LOVING other dogs (in most cases).

Does your dog get extra excited when they see another dog on a walk? Most likely they do!

And THAT is why your pup will be less bored. They'll always have a friend around, even when you aren't at home.

You Get Double the Puppy Love, Cuddles, and Fun!

I mean... how can you beat having 2 dogs to cuddle with at home? (Well you can get 3 like at my house... but that's a topic for another day ๐Ÿ˜‰)

And honestly, some of the most hilarious moments I've had that involve dogs have happened at my own home.

The weird wrestling. Pushing each other out of the way for pets. Both chasing their tails at the same time.

Come on. You can't beat it.

But there are some downsides to getting a 2nd dog... ๐Ÿ‘‡

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3 Reasons You Should NOT Get a 2nd Dog - The Downsides

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We can't only talk about the positives... because truly, there can be some challenges when you get a 2nd dog. And one vs two dogs is a whole new ballgame...

Here are three reasons you may NOT want to get a 2nd dog.

Double the Expenses

Money should be something you consider when getting a 2nd dog. If you aren't able to adequately provide for two dogs financially, then you should not get a 2nd dog.

In my honest opinion, it's better to be able to treat one dog really well than to spread yourself thin financially by getting a 2nd dog.

Food? Double it.

Treats? Double it.

Vet expenses? Double it.

Leashes, harnesses, collars, bowl, etc etc etc? Double it.

Take a good hard look at your financial situation and double all of your dog expenses and see where that leaves you!

Again, spreading yourself thin financially just to get a second dog is not recommended (by me at least).

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Dog-Dog Aggression and Resource Guarding

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Here is a tough one... resource guarding.

Luckily, I've never personally dealt with my dogs being aggressive toward each other, but resource guarding does pop up from time to time.

Every time we give a tasty, long-lasting chew, we have to keep a close eye on the dogs.

Mealtime? We keep a close eye.

Resource guarding is quite common in dogs, especially so in multi-dog households.

Again, you can mitigate this challenge by using baby gates, crates, etc. but it is something you should think about before getting a 2nd dog.

Related: Canine Ladder of Aggression Chart

Behavior Mirroring

If your current dog has bad habits (impossible though, right? ๐Ÿ˜‡), your new dog will likely pick up on those habits.

And think about this... if your dog's bad habit is bursting through doors, imagine that times two!

Struggling to wrangle in one dog's bad jumping habits? Times it by two.

Oh and don't even get me started on leash walking with multiple dogs...

When you get a 2nd dog, you're going to have to dedicate training time to each dog individually. There is NO way around this in the beginning.

So, in the same vein as doubling your expenses, you often have to double the time invested in training, leash walks, playtime, etc.

Of course, this can be applied to the flip side.

My 2nd puppy bit and nipped WAY less than the 1st. Our 1st puppy showed her the ropes on many "good" behaviors, but also taught her some bad ones! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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If you're willing to put in the time and effort for training, you'll be fine.

But seriously, do NOT underestimate the trouble that 2 dogs can get into ๐Ÿ˜…

Recap of Getting a Second Dog

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Overall, adding a 2nd dog to your home should be a decision you make very carefully.

It can bring about a lot of fun and joy, but also a lot of stress at the same time!

My own personal experience & opinion, I couldn't imagine my life without multiple dogs. But that's just me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Again, here are 3 pros and benefits of getting a second dog:

  1. Your dog will have a playmate
  2. Your dogs will be less bored
  3. Double the puppy love and cuddles

And of course, here are 3 drawbacks of getting another dog:

  1. Double the expenses
  2. Dog-dog aggression and resource guarding
  3. Behavior mirroring

Are you considering getting a 2nd dog? Or do you already have two?

Let me know your experience in the comments!

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