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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-26-2008, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Are 2 dogs easier than one?

I'm not thinking of getting a second dog (yet), but I noticed on another thread on a different topic, that a couple of people mentioned they think having 2 dogs is easier than one. So I was wondering, is that the consensus among people who've had 2 dogs at a time? I have considered getting another dog when Kodee's older (he just turned one), but honestly, as much money and time as I put into him (he's very spoiled and I work with him a lot, so I've spent a lot of money on equipment) not to mention vet and food, etc, that I honestly don't know if I could afford 2 dogs. Also, I like being able to give all my love to him, and not worrying about treating 2 dogs equally (I'm the kind of person that if I pay attention to one for 4 minutes, I would feel bad if I didn't pay the other one attention for 4 minutes.) LOL!

So, are 2 dogs really easier than 1? Or twice as much work/money?
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Re: Are 2 dogs easier than one?

I for one think it is twice the work, Although it is a labor of love. I have fosters frequently and I must say when I have only my girl in the house it is much quieter and calmer. I dont trip over animals and there are never any disruptions, meal time is easier and I dont worry about any squabbles when I'm not looking. Of course, watching the dogs play and the how sweet they are when they sack out together on the floor is always a pleasure and makes up for any inconvenience. If we had more room, I think it would be different for me and perhaps easier to accommodate another dog more comfortably, for now, I will stick to just one forever dog, and help fosters as I can.


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I have 3 shepherds, it is alot of work and somedays I wonder what am I doing then others I wouldn't trade it for anything

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Re: Are 2 dogs easier than one?

I found that two dogs were harder than one, but numbers 3+ were not that much extra work (don't know why, guess I just got used to early morning and late night multiple walks). I currently have 4 of my own and one foster pup, really makes for an interesting life - there's never a dull moment here!

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Re: Are 2 dogs easier than one?

Originally Posted By: KodeeGirlSo, are 2 dogs really easier than 1?
In my eyes, yes. They are a pack and love to be together. My boys are like peanut butter & jelly and get along great. I wouldn't have it any other way. There is always plenty of luvin' to go around. just like having more than one child, you will have plenty to give. Each will have their own needs "emotionally" just like children. Heck, they're easier than skin kids to me LoL ...

Originally Posted By: KodeeGirlOr twice as much work/money?
Yes on the money front, unless you're like me and work at a vets then you save a bundle LoL. Food obviously will double, but you buy bigger bags if you feed kibble and it's cheaper anyway. I didn't notice a huge difference. And to me, they are worth it, and man they are way cheaper than skinkids LoL ...As for 'work' .. you're gonna have twice as much poop and hair, but hey, the unconditional love you'll get from them will be worth it more than you know.

I got Obi at 4months old when Zeke was about 2 yrs old. Zeke being so mellow and great with other dogs, it was a great transition. He loves his lil bruddah ...

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Re: Are 2 dogs easier than one?

For me it's easier, surprisingly, even though the amount of work doubled for sure. I have to walk, train and take them places separately because Yana is a reactive fearful dog and I can't allow Anton to copy her fearful responses. I hope that later when Anton has more training I can take them both at the same time.

The good thing is that they love each other and are great companions, and they balance each other. Also somehow Anton is my boy and Yana is turning into a true daddy's girl. Two dogs brought balance into our family that we didn't have with just one.

About money, if you have a healthy dog than the only additional money you spend is on food and training.

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I have 3 and I must be nuts. 2 is not hard 3 is a pain.


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Having two dogs is indeed easier. Imagine for example having one child. How much more are you involved in occupying their time than parents with two children who can keep each other company and play together?

Although I grew up the son of a breeder and trainer who had many GSDs around at any one time I only had one dog that was mine for most of my life. Dad gave each of his children a single dog to raise as we grew up and we had that one dog until they passed on. With five children he couldn't really have done much more as he already had many dogs around to begin with. At one time we had a dozen adult dogs living at my parents' house. All were allowed inside although we also had a large outdoor kennel.

So as I left my parents' house I continued on with just one dog never thinking any differently. A year and a half ago I was working long hours away from home all day and Odin was suffering for it. He was lonely and it was getting to him. So I got Frigga to keep him company while I was away. It numbers among the smartest things I've ever done. Both dogs blossomed as time went on. Although we had several rough months at first they have become quite devoted to each other. Dogs are social animals. Imagine being the only human among those of a different species. Wouldn't it be better to have another human with you?

So yes, it is easier both in their keeping each other company and in being well socialized and frankly, happy well adjusted dogs.
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Re: Are 2 dogs easier than one?

For pets, it's not really twice the work, as they will exercise one another playing, assuming they get along.

This is true for us now, but when we had two when our children were little, two was one too many. They're grown and gone, and we now have 2 GSDs and a Toy Spitz, and are tuning up older pups to stairs, cats (have 2 of those too) from time to time (have one now - not breeding, but live real close to my last pup's breeder, who we've become good friends with.)

If you're working them in anything, even OB, it's a factor of # of dogs, times how long it takes to do whatever. And costs are higher, but you find yourself looking for deals, restuffing and sewing toys, making beds, doing more home vetting, etc. to compensate.

They don't go to college or drive cars though, so it's doable!

Different strokes for different folks, but we're enjoying it, and the dogs seem to be too.

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Re: Are 2 dogs easier than one?

I have found that once everyone knows their place, things go very well with more than one dog. A pack is a pack and having another canine in the pack is not much of an effort......for me. For some it might prove to be a hassle to have to walk two dogs, feed two dogs, train two dogs, clean up after two dogs but if you understand the physical challenge of having more than one dog, two or more is not really a strain.

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