A four-legged friend already lives at home with you, but you decided to get a second dog? Take your time! Dogs are gregarious and friendly animals, they really feel better in the company and live longer. But, unfortunately, they are not always happy to welcome new guests on their territory. Bloody and violent fights are quite common for cohabiting dogs. It is impossible to predict in advance how friendly the reception of a new animal will be. Therefore, if you decide to have a second four-legged friend at home, you need to take preliminary precautions in advance.
Are the owners ready?
Before you decide to take a responsible step and get a second pet, the owners need to carefully weigh all the pros and cons of the decision. Another favorite in the house is, of course, a joy for every family member. But at the same time, there is an additional responsibility.
Buying and preparing food, walking, labor costs for grooming and grooming, veterinary services – both financial and temporary expenses are doubled.
Additionally, you need to take into account that if one dog behaves calmly in the house, then the behavior in a pair can be very different. Animals can jump more, frolic, play with each other, and bark. This factor should be taken into account when getting a second dog.
Location and territory
A large number of cohabiting dogs require more space. Each pet should have its own separate place where it can be alone, lie down, rest and recover.
In a small cramped apartment, two animals can simply become cramped and uncomfortable. This negatively affects the emotional and physical state of the animal. The dog may develop diseases, as well as behavioral problems such as barking, anxiety, or aggression.
The breed of dogs that you plan to keep together is important. Representatives of one breed (for example, hounds) are quite tolerant of crowding, while others (huskies, huskies, etc.) are more difficult to get along in a pack. This is determined by the origin of the dog and its formed habits.
Many people, out of good intentions, saving dogs from the street, do not take into account the space factor, they move into a cramped room or an aviary with other animals. Having crossed a certain line, animals become so cramped and uncomfortable on the territory of residence that diseases arise – physical and psychological.
If you decide to have a second pet in the house, make sure that your four-legged friends will have enough space to feel happy!
Choosing a dog
If you decide to have a second pet, follow the recommendations for choosing a dog.
Animals of the same age get along worse than individuals of different ages. According to the breeders ‘ recommendations, the greater the age difference between the two members of the future pack, the better.
The minimum age difference is two, two and a half years. If the dogs are about the same age, then with the onset of puberty, difficulties may arise. The easiest way for an adult dog to accept young puppies is the most natural process.
Weight and dimensions
The best option is to keep two dogs of approximately the same weight together. When the size of animals is comparable, their needs for play and physical activity are also comparable. One dog will not get tired much earlier than the second, this makes it easier to care for animals. And if there is a conflict between relatives, the probability of causing serious damage to one of them is much less than in a fight of “disequilibrium”.
There are cases when owners move in with a large dog – a small one, or Vice versa. If a large puppy is attached to a small breed of dog, this Union can be considered encouraging. Owners will have to carefully monitor the active large puppy and protect the small dog. Small breeds that attract attention can become noisy. At first it may seem that the first domestic dog has become more aggressive, but this is not so, it is just trying to attract attention and protect itself from accidental injuries.
If a small dog is attached to a large dog, it is necessary to make sure in advance that the four-legged friend does not show aggression to small breeds. There were cases when large or hunting dogs took “pocket” four-legged friends for squirrels or cats and killed. And this does not happen consciously, when a small dog starts to run away during the game, a large individual turns on the instinct, and it attacks and bites the head or back.
If you decide to take a new tenant, make sure that your dog is reliable and treats dogs of all sizes well.
Gender of dogs
It is optimal to have same-sex dogs. This will eliminate many problems. For example, you don’t have to move a female in heat away from a male. Such separations, especially in the first couple of years of living together, are highly undesirable.
Ideal for urban apartments: two medium-sized dogs of the same gender. If you have a country house and each pet has its own aviary, then there is not much difference what gender and breed to choose a dog.
Familiarity of dogs and rules of joint maintenance
Before you bring a new four-legged friend into the house, you need to introduce him to the residents. It is better to get acquainted with a pet dog on a neutral territory – in a Park, or in a forest belt – then territorial aggression will be minimized.
During Dating, dogs get to know each other, watch them carefully. Don’t forget to encourage calm behavior. When the dogs sniff each other and say Hello, praise your pet and let them know that a new dog is a good thing.
Do not force or force the dog to meet by force. Animals must approach and leave each other at will.
When you get home, put the new tenant in the cage, let your old friend sniff the new tenant. This manipulation will convince the old dog that the new inhabitant will not take over the territory. In General, cages are necessary, especially when there are two dogs in the house. They help provide a safe space for the dog when needed.
The owners of two or more dogs often complain about the constant state of conflict. To avoid this, you must adhere to certain rules, namely:
- don’t punish one pet by immediately encouraging another;
- do not feed animals from the same bowl;
- in order not to provoke competition between breeds, do not let them play or nibble treats in the same room;
- no need to walk your Pets on the same leash.
Dogs will start to feel good when they are comfortable and their personal space is not threatened. If the dogs begin to offend each other, all the above actions on the part of the owners only provoke an already difficult situation. Therefore, it is necessary to be attentive and delicate in dealing with two different breeds.
Having decided to have two dogs, you need to think carefully and compare all the pros and cons. The task of the owner is to make the stay of Pets in the family as comfortable as possible, without squabbles, conflicts and quarrels. This can be achieved with the right positive reinforcement and compliance with certain rules.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.