6 Advantages Of Living In A Multi Dog Household
The more, the merrier – that’s the motto of many families who live with more than one dog. If you’re not sure about adding another member to your pack, we put together a list of the advantages of living in a multi dog household.
Pets Need a Pal: Just like children have siblings to play with (and fight with), this also works with dogs. Dogs keep each other company; they play with each other and tire themselves out. You’re never board if you’ve got another furry friend to pal around with. And it’s also nice to have someone stick up for you at the dog park if a bully starts pushing you around.
Benefits of Socialization: The pet parents of multiple dogs often notice that their dogs are much more socialized, which means they get along better with other dogs they meet in their travels. They can practice their canine communication skills on each other, which translates to better doggy etiquette during walks, at the dog park and mingling with other pooches at social activities.
The Joys of Pet Parenthood: Benefits aren’t just for the dogs – they also affect you. You’ll love to watch your dogs play and cuddle with each other and have a front row seat to see their bond grow over time. As well, you’ll become more in-tune with your dog’s body language and be able to understand how they relate to each other.
A Cure for Depression: It’s true – dogs can suffer from depression. And another dog may be just the thing to pull him out of his funk. You’ll often see this in older dogs. You’d be surprised how bringing a younger dog into your house will give him a reason to perk up and put a spring in his step.
Separation Anxiety: Even dogs can get lonely. If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, another dog can help to relive this stress. When you have more than one dog, they keep each other company when the family is away.
Leader of the Pack: Dogs are pack animals – it’s in their DNA. Living with more than one dog makes sense to them. Of course, you are the leader of your pack, but there will also be a hierarchy within the doggie ranks. This can help keep unruly or younger dogs in line, especially if you already own an older dog that’s been properly trained.
There are many reasons why living in a multi dog household rocks. Do you live with more than one dog? Can you add any more reasons why someone should consider bringing home another dog? Please leave them in our comment section below.
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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