Every year in the U.S., an estimated 6 to 8 million lost, abandoned, or unwanted dogs and cats enter animal shelters. Some of these dogs and cats are lucky enough to be adopted into loving, responsible, and permanent homes. (source: Peta)
Animals hold a special place in my heart like many people in the world. I have always had a pet in my home from the time I was a child. We’ve had; cats, dogs, a bird and even once my mom let me get a snake, his name was Charlie. I’ve always been interested in the communication between animal and owner. Dogs especially have a way of bonding to their owner and using its senses to determine their emotions.
Andy (husband) started working at Mystic Paws, a local grooming facility about a year ago. When he started we had gotten Dude our Pointer mix only months before. Working in a grooming office he was able to take our dog with him, this quickly became his favorite place. It did not take long for us to see the difference in our boy. At home he was becoming very hyper and uncooperative, but at Mystic he was calm and had no issues listening. That is when we made the couple decision to add another dog to our family.
When doing our research as to what breeds our Pointer would do well with we came across a Red Heeler mix for sale on Facebook. I was instantly in love. She had a face pattern similar to our boy, a spot around her eye. Looking at the facts of both dogs side by side we agreed it was a perfect pair. Dude is outgoing and hyper while sweet is a loyal calm dog, don’t let that last part fool you BOTH dogs like ALL dogs can be a little excited at times and forget what her name sounds like.
Bringing Sweet into our home we had some concerns, would they fight? Should one of them get fixed right away? What if they don’t get along? Luckily our babies loved each other from day one.
Here are a few tips when taking on a second dog:
- Keep in mind two dogs means double the training and double the feeding bill. It also means double the cleanup in the back and front yard!
- When picking up the second dog it isn’t a bad idea to bring along the first dog. This will help both dogs. Your new friend will instantly feel better around another 4 legs, and your original dog will have a chance to react to the animal in front of you. Insuring both dogs aren’t fighting from the gate.
- The first time both dogs eat together is very important. Over food is when most dogs fight for dominance. Be sure to give each dogs their own bowl verses sharing a bowl. If you are still catching one dog eat out of the others bowl, try feeding them in separate rooms. Once a dog feels it has to fight to eat, problems start.
- Most important, at least in my house is PLAY time. Giving both dogs play time with owners is so different then the wild play energy they have when you aren’t there. Controlling the energy during supervised playtime will help the dogs learn self control when you aren’t around.
TO BE CLEAR: having any animal is a responsibility and commitment! Adding the number of pets in the home only adds to the list, not takes away from it. Please be careful in picking animals for your home. Whenever the change adopt! Fur-adults need love too!
If anyone has any suggestions of a homemade dog treat recipe please send it my way!
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