Adding a new dog to your family is an exciting decision, but one that should be thoroughly discussed before any additions are made. There are many factors to consider before you add another dog into your household. It’s important to take an unbiased, objective, and realistic look at your current family situation before making the decision to welcome another dog into your home. Read through this list to see if you are ready for a second dog.
Here are 7 signs you are ready for a second dog
7. Everyone Is On Board
Adding a new dog to a family should not be a light decision. It’s a big responsibility, and one that every member of your family should be on the same page about. Your spouse, children, roommates, and other animals should all be excited and ready to expand your household.
6. Landlord approved
Some rentals have a limit on how many animals you can legally have at your unit. Make sure you are familiar with your lease details, and that your landlord is on board with your decision before adding another dog to your household.
5. You Have The Space
Two dogs may make travelling a bit harder. You need two leashes, two possible crates, and a car big enough for two dogs, depending on their size. If you add another Great Dane to your household, your sports car probably isn’t going to cut it for family trips anymore. Make sure your current setup works for another pup, or adjust accordingly before adopting.
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4. You Can Afford One
Two dogs lead to twice the fun, and twice the stuff! Buying double the food, double the toys, and double the leashes and collars adds up over time. Double vet visits, boarding costs, and grooming appointments are all things you should consider. Make sure you can financially handle the responsibility of another dog before adopting.
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