Men Love Dogs Too… One or Two Dogs?

Luna Optimus

My Partner and I are currently in discussion about getting another Dog after we come back from Holidays. I’m all for the idea, I think it would be great to adopt a dog as a companion for Luna, and I’ve already had my trainer offer to find us one that’s super trainable, so that’s not an issue at all. I can’t quite pinpoint the exact reason as to why I want another Dog. I grew up with two Dogs, so it’s always been the way in my family. Dogs make me happy; they are my kind of people.

I’ve seen the way that Luna responds to other dogs, she loves having them around and I feel bad because we both work full time and she gets left alone all day by herself. She does do some destructive things which I believe she is doing out of boredom. Will having another dog conquer that?

My partner has his concerns about bringing another dog into our household. What if they run around playing destroying everything? What if they don’t get along? How much will it cost? How much time will we need to spend training? And probably the biggest concern, when will we have time to be together?

Cost of food and vet care is not an issue because the shelter I work for offers both of them at a discounted rate; it does mean he would have to help out a bit more with obedience training, but he already comes with us to every session so, it’s not like that’s the issue.

So, I need your help! How many dogs do you have? Are they less work because they are together and did you ever have a partner who only wanted one dog? And if you have two dogs, has it enhanced your relationship with your partner?

Thanks for reading, see you next week!



Kevin and Luna




Meet Kevin our Men Love Dogs Too Contributor

Kevin is 24, from Melbourne, Australia and a guy who loves dogs! Kevin lives with his partner Antonio and their puppy Luna who has her own blog at http://lunadogslife.blogspot.com. He has been a dog person for as long as he can remember, he is allergic to cats, and now works for The Lost Dogs’ Home in Melbourne. When he’s not writing or blogging he is also an Actor

Comments

  1. 2 dogs! I’ve had two dogs my entire adult life.

    My husband and I agreed from the beginning that it would be dogs vs. cats. At first, we adopted one and was going to be good with that. We quickly realized how unfair we were to her because she was left alone all day. We decided to get a second dog. In our inexperienced youth, we didn’t do any research about which breeds go well together, etc. We just adopted the first dog that stole our hearts. In the beginning, both of the dogs played/interacted well together. We are not real sure on when that changed…. Probably, when both of them decided that they were going to be the alpha female. We learned to roll with the punches in the difference in personalities between the two. Lucky for us, we had these two in our lives for 14 and 17 years.

    Our next set of ‘twins’ came into our lives within the past 4 years. Our first adoption had some serious separation issues (as we were her 4th owners,) and we knew at some point we would have to get another dog so that she would be less stressed out. Our second dog came to us because my sister could no longer be the proper kind of parent to her dog (being a single parent,active duty military during a time of war – enough said.) The two girls got along famously, played together, slept together, etc. My husband and I would look at each other and say “Wow, I can’t believe how well they get along!” We learned that two separate breeds could co-habitat and actually like each other.

    As much as we love having two dogs (and I wouldn’t want it to be any other way,) there have been some challenges…. As a military family, we move. I never realized how difficult it could be to find housing that would allow pets, let alone two. It has been a plus that the dogs we have had range from 7-22 pounds. Landlords are more willing to be accepting of smaller breeds. Double the expense (ie. food, toys, treats, annual medical visits, emergencies, etc.) If you have the finances that can afford you to care for two, then go for it!

    Good luck with your decision. I hope what I had to say helps in some way.

  2. Jodi, Kolchak & Felix says:

    Two dogs is infinitely easier…and infinitely harder too! With the second dog, we got a built in playmate, a friend to romp with and most importantly, a buddy to ease the separation anxiety while I was at work. It was easier to train Koly, as he learned much from Felix, just by being around. On the flip side, he learned some bad habits too.

    On the good days, I love the fun and business of my two dogs. Their love for each other is unreal to watch and I know Felix is infintely happier with an addition to “his pack”. As much as we humans try, we aren’t dogs and so, the second dog really filled that “pack mentality” that was missing before.

    On the bad days, when I am try to walk to crazy dogs alone or packing them to an fro from the beach or the vet, I wonder WHY I ever wanted to. Yes, it was so much easier to do stuff when it was just sweet little Felix. Unfortunately, this at times does get between us. My other half is not as diligent at training/supervision as I am, so for example, on a trip to the park, I feel like I’m running around like a nut trying to pick up after both dogs, mediate minor park squabbles, make sure neither slips the gate or takes off into the bushes. Sometimes, I feel like the second dog highlighted a few problems for us. They were there before, but because I didn’t *need* his help, I didn’t really notice that it wasn’t being offered, you know?

    That being said…I love having them both and for us, the good points far, far outweigh the bad. I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world!

  3. Two dogs are easier than one because they do keep each other company, keep each other entertained and reduce the guilt when you have to leave them. We started with two collies when they told us that the little girl we wanted to adopt had a shy little brother…We took them both and never looked back. We now have four dogs down from a high of five. Obviously, there is more expense, more poop to scoop and a little more work but for us that is totally outweighed by all the additional love, fun and devotion they bring us. We wouldn’t have it any other way! We also have three cats. Of course, the two breeds we have selected (collies and cavalier king Charles spaniels) are known for their sweetness, their easy-going dispositions and their love for other animals. They all get along great!

  4. Michele L. says:

    We have 5 dogs. Definitely expensive and a lot of work. Definitely worth it

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