Pros and Cons of having 2 dogs?
Any thoughts on the benefits of have two dogs as apposed to one?
There are a lot of cons--more hair to clean up, more food to buy, more dog walking required, and higher expenses (your vet, grooming costs, etc.)
But, I always try to have at least two dogs. The pros are worth it. My dogs will play together for hours and hours, providing exercise for those days that I am in no mood to walk them. They eat together, sleep together, and generally keep each other occupied even when I am busy.
Single dog syndrome (only dog syndrome) occurs in some dogs that do not have another canine companion. They eat abnormally, do not seem to relate well to other dogs, and may have other behavioral problems like dog-dog aggression, seperation anxiety, etc. (Most of those problem dogs seen on the Dog Whisperer TV show were single dogs.) Some second dogs will learn things from another dog that they might never learn from a human: housebreaking, waiting at the door, responding quickly when called, and others.
And, of course, two dogs will give you twice the affection. What could be better than that?
I was going to say much the same thing as DrMark. It's twice the work, but the dogs will hopefully be great playmates and company for each other when no one is at home.
I like having two dogs. They keep each other company. They have each other to play , and their bark is noticeable. They can warn any stranger that they are ready to protect the house. The food never expires because they finished the food before expiration.
Two dogs would be great company for each other if the owner works long hours. Other than that, I would prefer to have one dog per home. They need attention and the total love of the owner.
Pros: I am more fun to have two dogs, since your other dog can have playmates.
Cons: There can be a time that if you fail to provide equal attention, jealousy came into the picture. Aggression can be a problem too due to jealousy.
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