While it’s not recommended to have two puppies at the same time, having two dogs—whether it’s two older dogs, or an older dog and a puppy—at the same time comes with a boatload of benefits for you, your family, and the doggies themselves. And we’re not just talking double the cuteness (which, don’t get us wrong, is not a bad thing!). Read on to see why you might want to consider adding two furry family members to the crew, rather than one.
1. It Doesn’t Cost That Much More
Good news for puppy parents: You can double your cuteness without doubling your finances. Aside from regular immunizations and check-ups, having two dogs at the same time doesn’t cost much more than having one.
Dogs can share many of their supplies, including toys, beds, grooming products, water bowls, larger bags of food, and treats. It is important to note that some puppy food is formulated differently than food for full-grown dogs, so talk to your vet about whether or not your pup and your older dog can share.
2. Save a Second Life
One of the best reasons to have two dogs, rather than one, is simple: If you adopt two dogs, you’re saving two lives.
It’s estimated that a whopping 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters each year—and 1.2 million of them are ᴇᴜᴛʜᴀɴɪᴢᴇᴅ. You can directly impact (and save) the lives of dogs by giving them a safe, happy home. Plus, adopting dogs from your local animal shelter creates more space for other animals-in-need.
3. They’ll Keep Each Other Entertained and Exercised
Playtime is vital to any dog’s health, happiness, socialization, and overall development—but it can take up a good chunk of your day. Depending on your dog’s age, size, breed, and energy level, you can spend anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours a day exercising him or her.
One easy (and cute) way to ensure your doggy is getting enough exercise? Adding a second dog to the mix. You’ll still have to spend some one-on-one time with each dog every day—it’s actually super important for their socialization and development—but they can keep each other exercised and entertained.
Plus, they’ll keep each other company when you’re at work, school, or out running errands, so they won’t resort to boredom-induced hijinks around the house. Everyone knows a bored dog is a mischievous dog, after all.
4. Double the Love
Why do most people add a second dog to the family? Their first dog brought so much love and joy into their homes, and they want more! There’s nothing better than coming home to a pet who loves you unconditionally—and you can double down on that love with a second furry family member.
Having two dogs can feel like a lot of work sometimes, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. From easier training to better mental and emotional health (for you and your dogs!), to saving the lives of animals, there are so many solid reasons to adopt a second dog today.
5. Help Ease Separation Anxiety
Many dogs sᴜffᴇʀ from separation anxiety or feelings of intense anxiety that occur when they’re left alone. Although some dogs will simply grow out of their separation anxiety, some cases require extra attention and solutions, like specialized training, emotional therapy, or even medication.
One way to reduce your dog’s separation anxiety is by bringing a second dog into the family. The dogs will keep each other company while you’re away from your home, and give each other the emotional support and attention they need to stay calm, cool, and collected. Plus, they’ll have a new playmate to focus on!
6. Make Puppy Training Easier
It may be tough to teach an old dog new tricks, but an old dog can certainly teach a new dog some tricks—and the rules of their house. Dogs are pack animals and look to their pack leader for guidance, a role your older dog will naturally take on when you introduce a puppy to the family.
You might find puppy training is far easier with an older dog and a new pup—the puppy will look to his senior for guidance, and model his behavior after hers. Having an older dog can make potty training your puppy way easier, too. Why? Dogs tend to do their business where other dogs have already gone, so your puppy will probably ᴘᴏᴏᴘ in the same spots as your older dog.