With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, more and more people are thinking about companionship. While your bestie might be your dog, do you ever wonder if they want someone around during the day while you’re out of the house? Getting a dog for your dog might seem like a lot of work, but these pack animals truly thrive from being around friends, human or canine!
Instincts are hard to deny, and a dog’s most basic instinct is their need to be surrounded by a pack. Your love and attention is great for your pup, but when you’re out of the house, they could easily get lonely. Just like humans, dogs need environmental stimulation. Without it, they can get bored, which could cause lazy and destructive behavior. If you and your family are ready for a new pet, adding another dog that everyone (especially Fido) loves, then it may be the right time.
Make Sure You’re Ready
You and your family should be financially able to care for a pet, have the time and the utmost desire. You should never bring a pet into your home if you don’t 100% agree that it’s the right time to do so. Most importantly, you should make sure your dog is ready. Here are some things that may indicate it’s the right time to bring in a new furry friend:
-Your first dog is completely house trained
-You’re in a home that is big enough for two dogs
-Your first dog is out of “puppyhood”
-Your first dog is interested in other dogs when in public, and always remains calm
Twice the Love
While two pups are twice the work, it’s also twice the love! It’s really rewarding to train your dog and build a bond with them. Bringing another dog into your life also means your dog will be happier when you aren’t around. It’s a win-win all around!
If you have any questions about adopting a new pet or introducing them to the existing pets in your house, we can help! Contact our vet office today.