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Join Date: Mar 2012
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IMO, it is important to not get a second dog thinking that this is going to make your current dog happier, or that they are going to spend time playing together and keeping each other company and that this will free up your time so that you can walk them less or leave them more. IMO, a dog still needs it’s HUMAN just as much, whether you have one dog or four. In another words, do not get another dog for your dog, make sure it is for you.
There will be more cost either in time, money or both. However, this could differ greatly depending on your situation. For example,
Will you be grooming the dogs yourself? If so, more time. Otherwise, more money.
What will you feed your dog? Better quality means more cost. If homemade, means more time.
Will you use flea tick chemicals? If so, more cost. Otherwise, more time for tick checks.
Do you have a fenced yard? If not, more time and effort is required to take dogs out.
Vet costs will be more. Need to factor this in.
Do you need to board your dog? This will be more expensive. It may be more difficult to leave the dog with a relative the more dogs you have.
There are pros and cons to getting a second dog. I got another dog (yorkie) when my Mia was 9 months old. I had no issues at all with them getting along. However, it has been harder in some ways than I thought. For example, one is more tolerant of walking in warmer weather than the other. One would want to go back home and the other would want to keep going. So then I wound up walking them separate. Fences are not allowed here so getting them out was more effort. I do not use flea tick chemicals so more time is required for tick checks. I do the grooming myself. A yorkie is a breeze to groom but Mia takes a bit more time. These are little things but this is what you have to live with day to day.
I do not have any regrets about getting a second dog. However, I also think that Mia would have been just as happy as an only dog. And I probably would have been just as happy too.