Common Mistakes When Getting A Second Dog


You already have one dog and you are thinking of getting a second one. When you think about having two dogs you most likely imagine it will be double the fun but it can be three times the work of one as well.

Even if you are an experienced dog owner, getting a second dog is not a decision you should take lightly. Planning can make a huge difference for everyone in the family, both humans and dog/s.

To help you plan (or maybe even decide if you really want to get a second one or not), the following are five common mistakes when getting a second dog:

Getting a second dog that is the same gender as the first one. Research has shown that there seems to be more potential for conflict when the dogs are of the same gender. Recent studies also show that the chances of aggression increase if one or both dogs have been used for breeding especially with females.

Getting a second dog too early. Make sure you have properly bonded with your first dog before getting a second one. This way you have appropriately trained the first dog and you already have good control over them before you introduce the second dog. This allows you to have more time and energy to train and properly bond with the second dog. Giving yourself enough time to the first dog also helps you observe the types of dogs that he likes interacting with.


Getting a second dog whose temperament is not compatible with the first one. Dominant dogs don’t get along well with other dominant dogs. This is also true for dogs with aggressive personalities. Owning two hyperactive dogs may not be good for you either.

Getting a second dog when the first one is not friendly or sociable. Be sure that your dog is friendly with other dogs and is welcome to the idea of a playmate. Give yourself enough time to observe your dog when he is with other dogs especially when he is in his territory.

The second dog is not gradually introduced to the first dog and introduction is not done on neutral territory. As with humans, friendships between dogs take time. Study a bit more to ease the introduction because when this is not done correctly it can be an overwhelming experience for both dogs. The introduction should be done in a neutral area, an area that both dogs are not familiar with to avoid any one of them getting all territorial and over-protective of their turf.


Avoiding these five mistakes when getting a second dog and the careful thought and planning you put into this important decision will pay off in the enjoyment of everyone involved, animals included.

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