I considered it, but ultimately decided against it. Three reasons. The first is that Bode is very people-oriented and indifferent to other dogs, as much as I have tried to socialize him, he just doesn't play with other dogs. Plus he tends towards jealousy when we have baby-sat other dogs (that was done in part to "test" whether or not we get another one). So, I think he is happier getting all of our attention. The second is that we take him with us traveling and all over locally, and it would be harder to do that with two dogs. Finally, we also work long hours during the week... So we don't really have time for any MORE responsibility.
If your dog is not destructive to himself or your property while alone, I don't think you need to change anything. They sleep all day so don't feel so guilty. If you really do want to change, try a pet-sitter or (even better!) doggie day-care first.
If you really want to try another dog, make sure you have thoroughly considered (and tested) whether your dog would be happier that way.
BTW, my Mom did that. She got a puppy to accomany her 11-year old dog when his companion died. She did it because she felt guilty that he was alone, and because the vet knew one dog had died and had this stray that they wanted her to take. The puppy has aggression issues and they don't even get along that well... I know she regrets adopting her, though she is absolutely committed to this new dog.
I seriously considered it when my #1 dog exhibited separation anxiety. I was advised both pro and con. I ultimately decided against it because a number of people warned me that I was risking a threat of TWO dogs with SA issues.
Down the road, however, I'd certainly consider it again as long as the first dog did not exhibit SA behavior.
I hadn’t mentioned this before on this board. There are pros and definitely cons to it all. All depends on your dog. I bought Cocoa in 2006, and she was very different than other Chihuahua’s I have been around. Very very hyper, and she just would never calm down or be still. She acted like she was always kept in a box and never let out.(I never crate trained her, and she had the house to herself while we were at work) When you pet her, played with her, cuddled with her, she just acted pretty crazy and always bothered our cat. The cat couldn’t move once Cocoa got older, and would block the cat from going anywhere, I guess trying to play. Cocoa did not turn out how I had hoped and I blame the breeder and myself for not going with my gut instinct about getting her. She told me her mother was not very friendly, but her father was. Red flag right there, but I still got her. To make a long story short, last year I got Tink from the same breeder my mother and grandmother got their Chihuahuas. Their Chihuahuas are soooo sweet to anyone and everyone and look like Chihuahuas according to AKC standard, which cocoa was very much not the standard. Anyways I really really wanted another Chihuahua much like my mothers and grandmothers, and I thought it would be good for Cocoa. Well Cocoa became pretty jealous, didn’t like it when I held Tink, tried pouncing Tink constantly. Eventually my brother who is 24 just moved into his new place and he wanted Cocoa and she is a lot happier with my brother and being an only dog. Her hyperness has calmed down some, but she still is a wiggle worm constantly moving. I would of kept her, had my brother not taken her, but I think she is better with him.
Tink gets along great with my mom and grandma’s Chihuahuas. I would love to have another dog one day, but will have to think long and hard and try testing other dogs with her before getting another dog. Tink seems fine with any breed of dog though. I would say if YOU yourself really wants another dog, then go for it, but if it's only for your dog to have another companion no. I feel bad leaving Tink everday, she has the cat she sleeps with in her small doggie bed, they curl up together. Don't feel too bad about leaving your baby, they do sleep most the day. Lazy bums. :)
Yes I did! This is the best thing that I could do for my Rhodesian Ridgeback (Raamses). We live out in the country and have plenty of room and then some for Raames to roam....We bought a puppy,(German Shepard) for Raamses to play with. Now we can't seperate them! (Solomen). They keep each other playing all the time, except when they are sleeping. It was a good move for us, Raamses used to be lonely and would tear up something, not anymore. If you have the love and the care for 2 dogs, then I say go for it...If there is any doubt in your mind...sort it out,.... only you can do this. If you are gone for a long period of time, your love one may need someone to play with or spend time with....You can also set a camera up and see what he does while you are away. This may help you to make up your mind about getting another pet....Try not to buy one if can, see if you have a family member or friend to asked to borrow for a while and tell them the story...They may not mind...Then this can help you make up your mind with out a doublt...hope this help.....ralondra
I think having two is a good idea. Dogs are pack animals and like being together. Since you are gone all day, your dog is removed from the pack for 10 hours. I had a dog that was fine by himself, until we moved. He had never been destructive before the move. He would always tear up something if we left him alone in the new house. We were painting before we moved there and had taken him there on weekends with us. He seemed fine with the new house until we officially moved in. I got another dog, and even though it was a puppy, he went back to being a great dog. He quit tearing up things or try and get out of the house. It was the best thing I could do for him.