My husband and I are dog lovers, and we have discussed adding a second dog to our family. At first, we rationalized this decision by telling ourselves that our 6-year-old beagle, Daisy would love to have someone to play with. However, the reality is if we did adopt a second dog it would only be because we wanted one. The fact is, I don’t think that Daisy would be entirely happy to have another dog in her house/family.
Here are three ways I know that Daisy isn’t ready for a companion.
She’s very jealous
Daisy is a very needy dog. She demands a lot of time and attention from us, and even goes so far as to force her way between my husband and I when we are sitting close together. She also gets very uneasy when we play with other dogs that visit us. I can only imagine what would happen if my husband and I were forced to split our attention between her and another dog. It would be a stressful time for everyone involved.
She avoids visiting dogs
I’m always telling friends and family that Daisy doesn’t understand she is a dog. She knows she doesn’t have the same privileges as us, but I’m not sure she truly understands why. When either of our parents visit with their dogs in tow, Daisy always tries as hard as she can to avoid contact with them. That’s not to say she doesn’t eventually get up and play with the other dog because she does; however, it usually isn’t last long before she ditches them and comes to sit with my husband or I.
She doesn’t like to share her things
Daisy is the very definition of a stingy dog. I’ve seen her take toys she hasn’t touched in years away from another dog. I can only assume that she simply doesn’t want them to play with “her” toys because she usually takes it to her bed and leaves it. She also hates for other dogs to lay in her bed or sit in her favorite chair.
I know that in time she would likely overcome most of her issues with the new doggy addition; however, I firmly believe that the stress we would all have to endure in the meantime would be too much for us to handle right now.
If you are thinking about adopting a companion for your dog, ask yourself if you are really doing it for the dog, or if it’s you who really wants a second dog. Once you know why you want to get a second dog, then you can decide if expanding your furry family is the right thing to do for everyone involved.
If you decide adopting a new dog is right for your family, the ASPCA’s website offers some great tips on introducing the new dog into your houseshold.
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