Skip to Content

17 Reasons to Get a Second Dog

If you’re looking for reasons to get a second dog, we’ve got you covered. Heck, after reading this article, you might get yourself a third or fourth dog!

All kidding aside, getting a second dog is an excellent idea for families who can financially and emotionally support another dog. If money is already tight or if stress levels are already high in your household, it might be best to wait until you’re in a better financial and emotional situation before getting another dog.

In this article, we are going to go over the top 17 reasons to get another dog. However, before we go over those reasons, there’s one thing you should keep in mind. You might want to consider getting dogs of the opposite sex. Getting dogs of the same sex can cause dog to dog aggression, which is never fun! Dogs of the opposite sex typically don’t fight as much as dogs of the same sex.

With all that out of the way, let’s go over the top 17 reasons to get a second dog.

Your Buddy Will Have a Buddy

Dogs are man’s best friends. But humans also have other human friends. It’s about time your dog has another dog friend. Yes, dogs love their human companions, but have you ever watched your dog around another dog? They express a completely different type of joy and excitement. It’s always a good idea to make sure your dog has another dog friend.

Your Kids Will Love it

What kid doesn’t love dogs? As far as kids are concerned, when it comes to dogs, the more the merrier. Kids get extra excited when they watch two dogs play with each other. When you get a second dog, you’ll probably hear a lot more laughter coming from your kiddos.

Your Dog Will Love it

We already talked about how it will be nice for your dog to have another friend, but it’s not just about friendship. Dogs are pack animals. Naturally, they want to be around someone from their same species. Yes, they view the family as their pack, but most dogs also want someone that “speaks their language.” They might fight over food and toys, but in the end, they do love each other.

Makes Potty Training Easier

It’s so much easier to potty train a new dog when you already have another potty trained dog in the house. The younger dog will look at the older dog as the leader. When the younger dog watches the older dog go to the bathroom outside, they’ll follow and do the same. It’s almost like the older dog has a way of communicating what the rules are.

Can Help With Bad Behavior

Most bad dog behavior is the result of boredom. If your dog is tearing up the couch, chewing on shoes, getting into garbage, or jumping on the guests, it’s usually a result of boredom. We don’t realize it, but while we are living our daily lives, our dogs can get bored. Think about it, watching TV might be fun for us, but that’s boring for your dog! By getting a second dog, at least your dogs will have each other while all the humans are “living their life.”

Both Dogs Will Be Better at Socializing

Have you ever taken your dog to a dog park or introduced them to another dog only to find out that your dog has no social skills? I think most dog owners have been in this awkward situation before. How do you expect your dog to have social skills when they’re never around another dog?

Much Less Barking

You’d think two dogs would mean twice as much barking. The truth is there will actually be less barking. Again, it comes to boredom. Most dogs bark when they get bored. They’re just looking for something to entertain them. If you have a second dog, that will take care of the boredom issue. Sure, there will be some barking, but not nearly as much!

Gives Your Dog a Chance to “Parent”

In the canine world, paternal and maternal instincts are strong. Every dog deserves a chance to act upon those instincts. When you bring a new puppy home, your older dog may be uncertain at first, but when they realize this puppy is now part of the pack, their paternal or maternal instincts will kick in.

Watching Two Dogs Play Can Bring Lots of Joy and Laughter

I love people watching, but one thing I love more than people watching is dog watching. Next time you watch two dogs play, watch closely. Look at how much joy they have while playing with each other. You can almost see the smile on their face. Look at how much their tail is wagging out of pure happiness. It’s fun to watch dogs get along, run super fast, and stop on a dime to change directions. Dogs have a weird game of tag that only they know the rules of.

They Will Both Get More Exercise

We all know the importance of making sure your dog gets plenty of exercise, but it’s hard when you’re busy with work all day and just want to relax when you get home. That’s why it’s nice to have a second dog. If you don’t have the time or energy to play with your dog, at least they’ll have another dog to run around with and get out their energy.

You Won’t Feel as Bad Leaving Them Home Alone

I don’t know about you, but I always feel horrible when I leave a dog home alone for a few hours. Those poor dogs must get so bored in the quiet house all by themselves, having no idea when anyone is going to come back. I don’t feel nearly as bad when I leave two dogs home alone because at least they have each other. Remember, dogs are pack animals, they don’t like being alone.

Can Help With Separation Anxiety

If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, getting a second dog might be the cure you were looking for. However, a quick word of caution. A lot of dogs that have separation anxiety are already extremely nervous dogs. Make sure you slowly introduce them to the new dog, so they know the new dog is their friend and they aren’t getting replaced.

Teach Your Children Responsibility

This is a wonderful way to teach children responsibility. If you have children, there’s a good chance that the reason you’re considering a second dog is that your children asked for it. You can use this as a way to teach them responsibility. You can make a deal with your children that if you get a second dog, each child will be responsible for one of the dogs. You can add “feeding the dogs,” and “cleaning up after the dogs” to your children’s chore list.

Can Help Your Dog Grieve The Loss of Another Dog (or Person)

Although dogs don’t cry, they do feel sadness and grieve at the sudden loss of another dog or family member. If you recently lost another dog or family member and your dog is acting lethargic and laying around all day, that usually means they’re depressed. Getting a second dog can help them bounce out of that depression.

Provide a Loving Home For Another Dog

If you have a loving home and a heart for dogs, you might as well bring another dog into that home. Sure, this won’t fix bad situations for all dogs, but it will fix a bad situation for THAT dog. Who knows where that dog may have ended up.

Improves Mood of Both Dogs

When you get a second dog, you’ll quickly realize that overall, the mood of your dog has significantly improved. Their tail will wag more, and you’ll likely see a boost in energy you haven’t seen before.

Because You WANT to

The final reason to get a second dog is simply because you want to! If you’re a dog lover and feel like things would be more complete with a second dog, then get yourself a second dog! There are way more pros than cons when it comes to getting another furry friend, so you might as well pull the trigger!

Am I Ready For a Second Dog?

Now that you’ve read the list of 17 reasons to get a second dog, you might be wondering if you’re ready for a second dog…or better yet, if your dog is ready for a second dog. Here are six questions to ask yourself to find out if you and your dog are ready to bring another pup into the family.

Is Your Current Dog Fully Trained?

If your dog isn’t house trained or is still learning the basic commands such as “sit” and “stay,” you might want to hold off on getting that second pup. Not only is it annoying trying to train two dogs at once, but when the older dog is fully trained, it will make it much easier to train the new dog. It’s almost as though the older dog is telling the young pup what the rules are.

Do You Have Time to Train The New Dog?

If you have a busy life and don’t have time to train the new dog, then it’s best to hold off. Unless of course you hire a dog trainer.

Can You Afford The New Dog?

We aren’t talking about just the initial purchase. Most people can afford to buy a dog. But think about all the other expenses. Food, bedding, shelter, insurance, etc. Can you afford to double your monthly pet costs?

Is My Dog Aggressive Toward Other Dogs?

If your dog is aggressive toward other dogs, that doesn’t mean you can never get a second dog. However, it does mean your dog should go through training before you bring another dog into the house. Most of the time dogs are aggressive because of fear. They haven’t been properly socialized with other dogs, so they only view other dogs as a threat, not friends.

Is My Dog Overly Anxious/Fearful?

On the opposite end of aggression, you have anxiety. If your dog begins shaking uncontrollably around other dogs or “freezes up” out of fear, now might not be the best time to bring another dog into the house. In the meantime, you’ll want to socialize your dog with other smaller dogs until they realize that dogs are their friends.

To make matters worse, getting a second dog won’t fix the anxiety, but you’ll risk passing the anxiety onto the new dog. Dogs seem to have a way of passing emotions onto each other. So if you get a second dog to cure your dog’s anxiety, you may end up with two anxious dogs instead of one.

Do You Travel a Lot?

This is a big one. It’s much easier to travel with one dog than it is with two dogs. If you travel a lot, you might want to hold off on getting that second dog. However, if you still want that second dog, you can always pay to put them in a “doggy hotel” while you’re gone.

Do The Pros Outweigh The Cons?

We listed 17 reasons to get a second dog and 6 reasons to hold off. Go over both lists and see if the pros outweigh the cons for you. Having two dogs is a lot of fun, but if you or your dog aren’t ready for it, it can cause a lot of stress. Don’t make the decision overnight. Take some time to talk it over with your family and make the decision you believe is best.

Recommended For You