Here are the 5 Biggest Mistakes When Getting A Second Dog

Getting your dog a life long friend is a great idea but what are some things to avoid when getting a second dog? Today we will be going over the 5 biggest mistakes when getting a second dog to help you bring home the perfect companion for your best friend.

Bringing A Second Dog Home To A Non Dog Friendly Dog

You may have the best intentions bringing home a second dog for your canine. Be sure that your dog is dog friendly and would welcome the idea. Some dogs just enjoy being the only canine in the house. Others are fine with the idea of a playmate. Use good judgement and make sure a second dog is a good fit for your home.

Getting A Dog That Is The Same Sex

Studies show that bringing in a second dog of the same sex can lead to unwanted competition. This is more true in same sex/breed littermates but it will always come down to the individuals personalities. Some people want two brothers to stay together.

Please remember that this may be perfectly fine but same sex littermates (especially alpha personalities) can have conflicts. In this and similiar cases make sure during training/raising the pups know what is acceptable behavior.

Bringing In A Second Dog Too Early

If you brought home your first dog recently and haven’t had time to properly train them you shouldn’t bring in a second one. This puppy/dog may not be properly socialized and have bad doggy manners. This would make bringing in a second dog an uphill battle.

You would be introducing a new personality to a volitile and uncertain home that is still getting use to the first dog. Canines like people need to have a certain amount of time to adapt and if your first dog hasn’t settled in wait before introducing a second dog into the family home.

Allowing Second Dog Syndrome

If you bring in a younger second dog there is a good chance they will┬ábecome dependent on the first older canine. This is not good for a several reasons. Something could happen to the first dog or there may be situations where the second dog isn’t going to be around the first all the time. Early on make sure to give the second dog walks without the other dog and introduce them to other “along” situations to give them the opportunity to be independent.

No Gradual Introduction

Often times bringing in a new dog can be exciting. You are so happy to have another member of the family and want your first dog to meet your second as soon as possible. This can often times be an overwhelming experience for each dog.

Even if both personalities aren’t aggressive introducing two dogs by just letting them run up to each other isn’t a good idea. You want to be cautious when first introducing to canines. In most cases they will sniff each other and be fine but sometimes they will need time to get use to each other. It is also recommended you introduce the two in a neutral area.


Avoiding these 5 mistakes when getting a second dog can help you and both your dogs get off to a fresh start. Remember to make sure your first dog is dog friendly, really consider the opposite sex for the second dog, make sure your first dog is settled in before introducing the second, avoid second dog syndrome and introduce the two dogs gradually (in a neutral area).

I hope this article helps you make the best choice for your second dog. Thanks for reading. Pomsky Pals offers puppy and breeder information that is updated monthly.