When Is The Best Time To Get A Second Pet?

Before anyone gets any ideas, I am NOT considering a second pet – well, not yet at least!

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Besides, Eko barely leaves enough room for me on the couch as it is.   If I got second dog I would have to sit on the floor all day

Eventually I would like to get a second dog.  I grew up with two dogs and it was great that they had each other when we weren’t home or when they needed someone to commiserate with about not getting enough treats.  Eko was also lucky enough to grow up with a friend to teach him the ropes.

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Scout, my mom’s dog, showing Eko how to relax after a good romp

Thanks to Scout, Eko quickly learned things – like how to sit politely for a treat, or what door to go to when he wanted to go outside – that otherwise would have taken longer to teach.  A well-behaved adult dog is definitely your best friend in training a young pup.  Eko also channeled his energy into playtime with Scout rather than into  my shoes. Most of the time.

Eko’s presence also reinvigorated Scout.  She became very playful, lost a few pounds from trying to keep up with the pup and overall was the happiest I had seen her in years.

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However, Scout was not happy when Eko grew bigger than her and she could no longer easily steal treats from him!

I know Eko would love to have a little sister as a partner in crime and hopefully someday not too far off I will be ready to bring another pup home.  Until that time there’s no harm in day dreaming, so I want to ask for thoughts/advice from those of you who have (or had) more than one pet at the same time.  Any recommendations about spacing between pets, dealing with issues of jealousy, or about issues I haven’t considered would be much appreciated.  Thanks!

48 thoughts on “When Is The Best Time To Get A Second Pet?”

  1. Two is better than one. We adopted Chopper when our Springer Jake was 13 and Chopper was 4. Jake had terrible arthritis but would forget all about it when a friend was arround.So why not a 24hr friend.
    I think choosing the second dog requires being honest about the first. Jake could be grumbly and possesive. Chopper was not phased by this, he just left him be. We also respected dog age order. Jake got everything first because he was the oldest fed, treats, leash, into the car. We had no problems between them. We made sure they each had their own beds, dishes, kennels, toys etc. that helps avoid conflict too.
    We have always adopted adult dogs to avoid the destructive puppy stage. Jake came to us at 6 when one of our Springers Brandy died. Brandy and Beau were litter mates so when Brandy died a 2nd was a must.
    I think a rescue that lets you foster is a great way to test out a second dog without commitment. Win-win!

  2. We can’t really help you out since all of our dogs have always found us. We have had as many as 4 in the house along with cats and they all seemed to have no problem finding their place in the family as each one found us in one way or another. Our largest dog was a boxer and the smallest a chihuahua. Wishing you all the best in getting the perfect dog for you and Eko. Hugs and nose kisses

  3. I have always had more then one pet. My big boy pouted for a week then decided to come down stairs even with pup (Max 114#) he decided to give in play lay down with puppy

  4. We got our second dog when our first dog was 9 months old and already potty trained – he was a bit jealous at first but seemed to get over it for the most part – We now have a 2 year old and a one and a half year old (muffin we got when she was 2 1/2 months old) – they are the best of friends and play all the time, mostly because Muffin (the youngest) constantly wants to play. Rigby is a good big brother and if she starts doing something (like eatiing a shoe, rug ect) Rigby tells on her (if he is doing it she doesn’t tell on him though). The only thing Rigby won’t share is the bed – he sleeps on it and she sleeps in her crate – if she wants to annoy or play with him she hops on the bed. Having two dogs is great.

  5. My husband and I have two dogs and we love it! They’re sisters from the same litter and they grew up together. It’s so cute how their different personalities come out and they complement each other very well. They’re now 7 years old and since we foster rescue dogs once in awhile, we have found that it helps to get the fosters trained much faster, until we can find them a forever home. I couldn’t imagine ever splitting my two babies up, they so everything together including going to the vet even if only one needs to go 🙂


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