Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Raising a Dog

How Much Work Is Owning Two Dogs Vs One Dog?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 20 ·
owning two dogs vs one

When it comes to owning a dog, we all wish that we could have more than one. You may want another for yourself or give your doggo a playmate to have all the time. But how much work is owning two dogs vs. one dog? We have all the pros and cons here.

Double The Dogs, Double The Cost

We’ve gone over the cost of owning a dog before. There’s a lot you’ll need to pay for. For example, here’s a quick breakdown of things you’ll spend money on:

  • Adoption fees (or the cost of the dog if you go through a breeder)
  • Veterinarian bills
  • A fence (to protect your dog in the yard)
  • Microchip and dog license
  • Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention
  • Spay and neuter surgery
  • Grooming appointments
  • Grooming supplies (shampoo, facial wipes, nail clippers, etc.)
  • Dog food and treats
  • Cleaning supplies (carpet cleaner, puppy pee pads, poop bags, etc.)
  • Toys
  • Crate
  • Bed
  • Leash, collar, and harness

In addition, here are some optional costs that you may need:

  • Pet insurance
  • Dog walker or dog sitter
  • Doggy daycare
  • Dog training (individual or group classes)

If you decide to get more than one dog, you’ll need to double everything. You won’t expect the two dogs to share a bed or a crate. Instead, you want to ensure that they each have their own space.

Also, if you have dogs of different breeds and different sizes, then some items might not work for both of them. For instance, you’ll need a large pair of nail clippers for a German Shepherd and a small pair of nail clippers for a Chihuahua.

In addition, they might have different dietary needs, so you might even need to buy two different types of dog food.

If you can double the cost of one dog to own a second dog, you can certainly do so as long as you budget well.

Spending Time With Your Dogs

Owning two dogs vs. one dog doubles the time you spend with your dogs. Of course, you’ll hang out with both dogs simultaneously. For example, lounging on the couch with them, playing out in the yard, or taking them for walks.

However, each dog will want individual attention. So you’ll need to bond with both of the dogs and allow them some time to bond with each other.

Make sure that you can set aside some one-on-one time with each dog to build a good relationship with both of them. 

The Dogs Will Entertain Each Other

One of the great things about having more than one dog is that they’ll be good friends. Whether you adopt them together or get one dog a year or so after the first, the two will grow up together.

It might take them some time to get used to each other (unless you adopt them simultaneously or they come from the same litter), but they’ll learn to love one another.

When you leave the house to work, you can always have a dog walker check in on them. However, the two dogs will be able to keep each other company. They can cuddle together, easing any separation anxiety.

Also, if they have a lot of energy, they can play with one another with their toys. Of course, they’ll be energized when you get home, but they shouldn’t be as crazy. 

Research The Breeds Before Getting A New Dog

If you don’t adopt the dogs simultaneously, make sure you research dog breeds before getting a second furry friend.

For instance, even though every dog has their personality, every breed has certain temperaments. Some breeds are more aggressive than others. On the other hand, some breeds prefer to be the only dog in the household.

It’s not just your preference when deciding to get a second dog. You’ll need to think of your first dog too. Would they like to have a playmate around the house?

If your dog is older and considered a senior, how would they feel having a puppy run around the house?

Of course, the dogs can learn to get along and love one another, but you need to think about what’s fair to your first dog.

On the other hand, you can adopt two dogs at the same time. Then, whether you go to an animal shelter or rescue, you can ask the workers which two dogs might do well together.

Alternatively, if you go through a reputable breeder, you might be able to adopt siblings. They’ll be able to grow up together and become close.

Owning Two Dogs Vs. One Dog Is Fun

In many ways, having more than one dog is fun. However, make sure that you can afford to care for both of them and give each dog individual attention and bonding time with you.

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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