In your opinion do dogs do better alone or as a pack?
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July 20, 2019 / By Marshall Question:
In your experience, or opinion, do dogs do better as a single pet, or in pairs/groups?
Have you seen advantages to owning 1 vrs. 2+? Have you seen a difference in behaviors of the dog/dogs?
Please and thank you. I'm researching weather or not to add a new dog to our home, and just wanted some real experience opinions. <3
Best Answers: In your opinion do dogs do better alone or as a pack?
Jeshaiah | 1 day ago
I think this depends on the two dogs you want to have live together. I took a break from fostering when I adopted my dog a little more than a year ago. I started fostering again when it was sorely obvious that he needed another dog around. He came from a hoarding situation and was not happy as an only dog because he had grown up with only dogs. (For background info - we ended up putting this dog to sleep at 18 months of age because of various severe health problems and quickly diminishing quality of life - immune disorder and recurring internal infections, SBS). I fostered 5 dogs while I had this dog and he did great with everyone of them. When I brought a new dog home, his little face would visibly light up as though he had just won the lottery or something. He desperately needed the companionship of his own kind.
I adopted my current lab in June and I've tried fostering with him. This lab is very dog friendly...in public. He loves to go to the dog park, loves to play with the neighbor's dogs, loves dogs in general. But he does not want them in his home. He is pretty territorial and very in tune to me and the rest of his family. He wants to be an only dog. (Though, I'm fairly certain he would do fine with a younger male that he could mentor rather than an older female. That's what was placed with me though, and we've decided to take a break from fostering for various reasons. Maybe one day I'll try it again.)
So see if there is any way to find out how your dog would react to another dog before you adopt. Maybe you could foster a dog too?
So the advantages of having two dogs?
They work off each others energy playing and exercising together.
Tt is good for socialization and company.
It really helped to build up my first dog's confidence by having a more well adapted dog around to look up to.
Training can be easier. When one dog gets, it can help the other dog get it too.
You're extra warm in the winter with two dogs sleeping on either side of you in the bed. LOL.
You get some unexpected entertainment and some laughable moments as well as tear jerker Kodak type moments.
The only disadvantages I can report is that any behavior the new dog brings in, the older dog is likely to pick up. So, if your new dog counter surfs, barks a lot, jumps on people, begs at the table, steals a shoe, your other dog will possibly pick up any of that. So while some training is easier with two dogs, some of it can be made more difficult. Also, two dogs cost more than one - health care, preventives, food, toys.
If you're dog is up for it and you can get them both trained, exercised and happy, it's absolutely wonderful to have two dogs living with you.
Hope this helped (I was interrupted quite a few times while writing this. Sorry)
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I think it all depends on the breed of dog, the environment, living situation, etc.. I have had several dogs during my life. The first two were on the K-9 force and they could not live without one another! GREAT German Shepherds! When I was a kid and into my teen years, my grandparents (who raised me) got a Toy Poodle. We had her for 10 years. She was an "only child". Then a couple of years later I was given a Cocker Spaniel. I had her for four and a half years and finally got a male so I could breed. She had one litter of pups, I split with my then ex-fiance and had that female Cocker until she was 12. She was like a child to me. I remarried in '02 and we got a Pomeranian the day we got married. Six months later we got a sister. These two have done great together. In June, we added a pup (another Pom ~ they all have the same dad. The older two have the same mom and dad). I can't imagine having just one Pom now. However, I no longer work so I am able to tend to their needs and take care of them.
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So I have four right now and another is joining in the spring. It's been a long time since I had only one (over eight years).
Pros: With one dog, you have the benefit of 100% of your time being devoted to that one dog when you're with it. That includes training, veterinary care, etc. You also seem to bond a lot closer than when you have more.
Cons: Your dog will inevitably have to spend some time alone. Keep in mind not all dogs mind that!
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Pros: Your dog will have a companion at all times. More to love!
Cons: All of your dog costs will double (food, veterinary care, grooming, etc) Your dog may bond more with the other dog than with you. You have another dog to worry about training and keeping up with. It gets challenging!
Behavior wise, whenever I add another dog, it's definitely a stress on all involved. It takes about a week or two for things to settle back down and then another month until the pack is all settled. Some dogs adjust better than others. Some dogs are dog aggressive in their own homes and may reject the dog very adamantly. For me, each transition was done smoothly. I never just plopped the dog in. I always kept them in separate parts of the house and got them used to each others smells and what not. It takes time!
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My first dog was great by herself , she seemed very happy and always got all the attention. I added anther dog and now they play, play play. They sleep next to each other and eat from the same food bowl. There is always plenty of attention for the both of them . Sometimes, if they both get a bone to chew on the dominate one will take all the bones . There is definitely one that has a stronger personality then the other. But, that is ok, they have seemed to work it out fine. I think it is better two have 2 dogs because they have each other for company and always have a friend to play with. I have a Yorkie and a Shih Tzu. The yorkie has the dominate personality.
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Dogs are pack animals and live in a hierarchy of alpha dog on down. In my experience and the experiences of friends having more than one dog can be good because they'll play together and keep each other company instead of the humans in the house being the dog's sole source of companionship and entertainment. But as in my past experiences the dogs are constantly trying to maintain order in the pack which can result on fighting and dominant behavior.
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