|If you want more than one dog you need add them to your life one at a time – even though you may want two dogs so they can keep each other company. The best way to get things off to a successful start is to first get one puppy – or one older dog you rescue – and concentrate on molding that dog into a delightful companion who respects your rules and learns the rhythm of your world.
Wait at least six months before you get another dog – if you want to have them both start with you as puppies, then consider waiting a year for the second puppy, the age at which the small or medium breed puppy enters adulthood. The first dog will show the ropes to the younger one, who will learn by example. Turn your first dog into a stellar role model and take half the work out of raising the second puppy.
Radio show host and pet expert Tracie Hotchner is the author of The Dog Bible and The Cat Bible. Click here to follow her on Twitter.
January 21st, 2010