Dogs are just like children. Two kids does not equal twice the work. It is more like 4 times the work. Before you make this decision think long and hard. Are you willing or can you afford the bills of 2 dogs? Can you give both dogs equal time and attention? Having more pets does not mean lesser work it means the exact opposite. People choose to have multiple pets because they love animals.
Not always My friend Jessica had two dogs who lived together for about 10 yrs and they never liked each other . Most of the time they were in separate parts of the house. They just never bonded. I am not sure how these two dogs would react to each other. Maybe you could bring both dogs together and see how it goes. Dogs of the opposite sex usually get along better in my experience.
Well, they will entertain themselves and they will enjoy eachothers company,...But, they will also distract eachother! When you have two puppies, it is crucial to do necessary training and have individual time with each.
I had adopted a shepard mix (Stacy) from the pound and a year later I bought a beagle (Ginger). They love each other. When I take the Stacy to be groomed Ginger starts to cry for her sister and waits by the door for her. It makes it easier for me when I go to work, because they keep each other company. I'm getting a third dog in three weeks.
mine are sooo happy to have one another. i couldnt be happier that we decided to get our first dog a 'friend' that was around her age and size to play with. i say, go for it.
i really dont see how its all that much more work than just one dog. you are feeding, watering, bathing, poop scooping, walking, cleaning up hair, either way. although i have yet ot figure out how 2 american eskimos can produce 8 times the hair that one does ;) ha ha
double the meds, & vet visits gets pricey, but other than that, i see no real difference.
as long as each dog gets "mom and me" time you'll be fine.
My opinion is for you to consider waiting awhile longer before you get a 2nd puppy. Your yellow labrador needs to be fully trained before you can think about training another puppy. I'm not against you having a 2nd puppy since I also am considering perhaps next year on getting a 2nd labrador puppy.
I say if you have the time and energy to devote to two then I say go for it. Two puppies will be harder than two adult dogs, however, the will grow up together and likely be best friends. I'm babysitting my mom's dog this week. We have only one dog at the moment. The two of them together is not much more work as far as feeding, pottying, etc. Its the training that will take more time for you. I will warn you, it has been a circus around here this week...dogs chasing each other through the house. But its been fun too! And I'm sure that two dogs that live together on a regular basis don't cause as much rucus as the two that only see each other every couple months or so! Good luck with your decision. I would love to have two, but can't afford it right now.
Definatelly go for two!! Like kids, two keep each other company. We had our samoyed for a whole year by himself and when the girls were not home to play with him he looked all sad... now we got him a buddy and they restle and play chase all day long...and hes so happy. First thing when he wakes up he runs to the back to look for his bud and then they are inseparable the rest of the day. I feel the same way about kids...I had two daughters who play together all day long....sometimes I dont feel two is more work because they entertain each other. Check out the new dog and make sure they get along. If you get the second dog, its normal that they may have a little spout at first, they have to find the leader of the two...once the pecking order is settled they will be best buddies..