Adding another Dog to your Family

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Dr Lee Danks - Veterinarian

BVSc, BVM&S from Murdoch University

Dr Lee Danks has worked in veterinary practices in Melbourne and London, as well as in several regional roles across England and Wales. With a particular interest in companion animal nutrition, Dr Danks also has experience in veterinary practice management, veterinary communications and training.

Adding another Dog to your Family
If you’re already a proud pet parent, you know the joys and challenges of sharing your life with a furry friend.

While it can be difficult to keep up with the demands of being a responsible dog owner, there are many advantages to having multiple dogs in your home.

From providing companionship to reducing anxiety, this blog will discuss some of the benefits of getting another dog.


Dogs have social needs just like us humans do. By adding another pup to your family, you can give your existing dog a companion and playmate for when you’re not around. This can be especially beneficial if your current pet is an only pup with a sociable personality who may feel lonely when left alone. When they get along well, an additional canine friend can bring lots of joy and entertainment into their life while also providing them with a buddy who they can learn from and trust.

Reduced Anxiety

When introducing a new pooch into the house, it’s important to ensure that both dogs are comfortable with each other and get along.

If done correctly, having two dogs in the same household can help reduce anxiety levels for both pets as they rely on each other for companionship and support when faced with stressful situations such as loud noises or unfamiliar settings.

It can also be comforting for owners who may worry about leaving their pups alone at home all day while they go off to work or school.

More Fun Activities

Having two dogs means double the fun! With two pups around, you can enjoy all sorts of activities together from going on walks, playing fetch in the park, and training them together, while they are dealing with the world around them. Whether it be day-to-day time together, planned ‘play dates’ or dog-friendly vacations, all of the reasons you have a dog in the first place can be enhanced when you have two.

Share the Load

When you have multiple dogs, they will naturally form a bond with each other. This means that when it comes time to take them out for walks or give them baths, your workload won’t be doubled, but often made simpler, as they will follow each other’s lead.

Having two dogs also provides safety and security.

If they are close friends, they will naturally want to be near one another, so less ‘straying from the pack’ and more ‘safety in numbers’.

Improved Health and Activity Level

Having a friend around can do wonders for both physical and mental health—the same applies to our four-legged friends too.

With another pup in the house, your current furry friend can get more exercise and stimulation which will help improve their overall wellbeing.

Plus, having two canine companions around develops healthy socialisation skills since they will learn how to interact with others of their species in addition to humans.

Important Considerations for getting Another Dog

There are of course some important considerations for adding another dog to your family. For starters you will need to ensure that your current dog gets along with other dogs and that you’re adding a friend that is equally sociable. Consider breed, age, temperament and the background and previous experiences of all pets.

Introducing a new pet into an existing household may also cause some temporary disruption in the daily routine until everyone gets used to their new “normal”.

Having two dogs will of course lead to higher pet care expenses, related to vet visits, food costs, flea and worming treatments etc.. Remember that pets are for life and that we need to take full responsibility in good times and in bad.

All in all, adopting another pup is an incredibly rewarding experience that comes with many benefits.

Not only will it provide companionship for both pooches, but it may also reduce anxiety levels and make everyday activities more enjoyable for everyone involved. Plus, watching two furry friends bond over time makes for some truly heart-warming moments that will bring joy into not only your but your pet's lives too!

So, if you have taken into account all considerations, then do it! You won't regret it.


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