Once you rescue your first dog, you understand how amazing the experience can be. You have entered the life of this pup and offered the help it desperately needed. The weeks and months that followed your rescue will be filled with wonderful memories. It is almost guaranteed that your new dog adds happiness and a positive energy to your entire household. Now that he or she is completely settled, you may be considering starting the process all over again.
It is only natural to want to rescue another dog and give it the love and attention it needs and deserves. However, just because you successfully rescue one dog, does not automatically mean you are ready to do it again. Rescuing your second dog can be an even bigger decision than your first one was. It is key that you take the necessary steps and precautions to ensure you are fully ready to rescue your second canine.
How Does You Dog Do With Other Dogs?
The first question you have to ask is whether your dog gets along with other dogs. What are they like when you take them to the dog park or meet other dogs on the street? Also, how are they going to feel about their beloved family members giving attention to a different dog inside their home? It’s one thing to be friendly with a stranger in the park, but it is a totally different situation when they enter their home and never leave.
We suggest testing this out by having a friend and family member bring over a dog they have never met before. Instruct your family members to pay attention to this dog and see what happens. Then, let the two play and co-exist in the house. Just because your dog gets jealous does not mean you shouldn’t move forward with your future adoption. However, if your dog gets angry or aggressive, that is a red flag that needs to be taken seriously?
Do You Have The Time And Energy?
Just like you asked with your first dog, it’s important to consider who is going to take care of this second one? You cannot assume both dogs will go outside or eat their meals at the same time. A new puppy requires doctors’ appointments and constant supervision. If you are living in a house with small children who are unable to help, a second dog might be too much for you and your partner to handle.
Before you decide to adopt a second puppy, examine your day to day routine. Where will you find the time to take care of this new puppy? Who in your home has free time to make sure it is fed, walked and potty trained? It is entirely possible that you or a family member have plenty of time to dedicate to raising a second rescue. However, you want to confirm that before you bring them home and realize you may have made a miscalculation.
What Does Everyone Else Think?
Just because everyone in your house loves your first dog, does not mean they will be on board for a second one. Since puppies are a big responsibility, we highly suggest not surprising in the entire family with a second rescue. You should sit down with your entire family to confirm if this is something they want. Then, you should identify who will be doing what. Again, your family may love the idea but they should still be included in the decision since it has a significant impact on them as well.
If you have your heart set on surprising your children with a new dog, we highly suggest checking with your partner first. Depending on your daily schedule and the age of your children, they may be the one taking on the bulk of the new responsibilities. If they relay concerns, be sure to address each one individually until they feel completely comfortable committing to this decision.
Rescuing a dog is one of the best things you can do. It means you are saving an innocent puppy and giving it the life it truly deserves. It is noble to want to repeat this action several times over. However, it is key to remember that each time is an equally important decision that needs to be given the time and attention it deserves.