7 Reasons Why You Need More Dogs

The more, the merrier—especially when it comes to pets!

There’s always more fun to be had when you’ve got more than one pet. If you’re anything like us, you’re always looking for a reason to add more fur and paws to your household. Well, we’re going to give you seven reasons why you need to expand your pack, as we go through the pros of living in a multi-pet household.

Let’s get social

You know that a dog that’s been socialized will get along better with other canines that he meets. Bringing another dog into your home allows both pooches to socialize—it means they can practice their canine communication skills on each other. You’ll notice better doggy etiquette skills during walks, at the dog park, and mingling with other pups at social activities.

A BFF of their own

Your dog wants to relate to someone furry, just like him. This new BFF will keep him company and be a constant companion and play pal (which helps tire them both out). He’ll never be bored if he’s got a fuzzy shoulder to lean on. Besides, he needs a sibling to fight and argue with when you’re not around!

Depressed Dogs

Just like people, dogs can also suffer from depression. To help get him out of the dumps, another dog may just be the cure he needs. You often see depression in older dogs, and adding a younger dog into your home will give him a reason to perk up and put a spring in his step.

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety adds to depression in dogs, as even pooches can be lonely. If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, adding another dog to your family can help to relive this stress. When you have more than one dog, they keep each other company when the family is away—they may not even know you’re gone!

Saving a life

It’s true—by adopting another dog, you’re saving a rescue from a shelter where he may not have much time left. On top of that, it makes room in the shelter for another animal in need. And there’s no greater feeling than to know that you’ve made a huge difference in a dog’s life by giving him one in a new forever home!

The Joys of Pet Parenthood

It’s not all about the benefits for your dogs—they also affect you. You’ll be much happier when you watch your pups play and cuddle together, watching their bond grow over time. As well, you’ll become more in-tune with your dogs’ body language and be better able to understand how they relate to each other.

Pack Leader

Dogs are pack animals by nature. Living with more than one dog makes sense to them. And even though you are the leader of your pack, there will also be a hierarchy within the doggie ranks. This can help keep unruly or younger dogs in line, especially if you already have an older dog that’s been properly trained.

Meet the Author: Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic is the Editor of Petguide.com, the flagship site to over 70 different pet communities, which offers pet parents a one-stop-info-shop for all things dog and cat related. Amy's been with PetGuide since the beginning, guided by the wisdom of her Shih Tzu mix and furry roommate, Oscar. Together, this pet power couple has their paw on the pulse of the pet industry, sniffing out trends, advice, news, tasty treat recipes and other tail-wagging stories.

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