|Barked: Fri Jan 6, '12 11:25pm PST |
|A lot of things that seem like they could be done at the same time might not work out that way, especially at first. So you'll kind of need double the "free" time, too, ha. Some are obvious...for example, separate training sessions are a necessity. But others aren't...I quickly learned that walking my first two dogs (got them a year apart) at once wasn't going to work. My new dog, Sophie, tugged and had to be walked separately so we could work on leash manners. And now, with four dogs in the house, I find I can only walk certain dogs together. Sophie and Bambi as a combo is a disaster...they get so excited that they tug, wrestle, and sometimes even bark. So don't assume you will be able to walk both dogs at the same time...plan for separate walks just in case. I also thought I'd be able to let them out at the same time for potty breaks. That didn't work out, either. Sophie and Rocky would be too distracted by each other to go. Now that our dogs are older it's not a problem, though.
I originally got Sophie as a play mate for Rocky. He was like your Kit...tons of energy! Unfortunately, Sophie had no interest in playing with him (and still doesn't really play with other dogs). So now I had to give him the same amount of exercise daily (read: a TON!) in addition to exercising my new puppy .
It's a lot of work and sometimes I got stressed because my time was now split between two dogs. But, uh, now we have four dogs (one is a foster)...so obviously the stress didn't stop me from wanting more . It's more work but so worth it. Sophie and Rocky were never close but she did bond to our third dog, Bambi. The two "hang out" all the time and always stick together when off-leash (which is great). They don't play much but sometimes cuddle. It's great to know that they have each others company while we're gone . And the antics of a pair or "pack" of dogs can be hilarious. Expect Kit and the new pup to get into all sorts of new trouble together, hahaha. Also expect more barking unless you end up with a really quiet dog! Rocky literally never barked inside...until I got Sophie, who did.
I think I'll always have at least two dogs. Even when they aren't totally bonded, most seem to enjoy the companionship.
What breed(s) are you thinking of?
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