|Barked: Thu Apr 17, '08 10:19am PST |
|Shandi, as long as you want another dog for yourself, that does sound like favorable conditions for a second dog.
The most important thing in selecting a second dog is to match personalities with both your current dog and you. Invest your time at multiple shelters, it may take months to find one (it did me). However, you may find a match the first day! (it did my friend). A new dog must get along in harmony with your house. If not, you'll only make yourselves miserable... So invest your time! Don't fall for the first pretty face -- fall for the best pretty personality.
And thanks for considering adopting!!~~!@@# My BF just adopted yesterday... and I have a mad crush on his new pup!
When you visit shelters, pick first the dogs who fit your size/grooming/age requirements and you think look nice. Do not pick a dog based on their personality in the kennel! Almost every dog is a little bit different once they get out into fresh air (more/less energetic, more/less vocal, etc.). Take each dog you pick out in the shelter's "meeting area" for at least 10-20 minutes -- Little tip: let them sniff around and empty their bladders first before you expect them to focus on you.
If you you've found a dog you connect with, bring your current dog to the shelter to interview them together. They should get along well and play. A good match will be close in personality types, energy levels, and mesh well in general. The dog you pick should have a slightly lower energy level to ensure that when you take it home, it does not bully your current dog and take over the house. If a dog does not match, then keep your chin up and keep looking. The perfect dog is out there, waiting to come home!
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