The Joys and Challenges of Owning Multiple Dogs!
I currently have only one, teeny, tiny dog when once I used to own four. I’m not sure I could cope with more than one or two dogs these days, as I am so busy writing for Holidays4Dogs. However, many people do have lots of dogs and despite the challenges, there are also lots of positive reasons to own several dogs! In this Holidays4Dogs article we discuss the ups and downs of what it’s like owning multiple dogs, and what to think about if you are adding another dog to your family.
Having more than two dogs can be a case of ‘the more the merrier’. But, while owning more than a couple of pooches can be a wonderful experience; it’s certainly not for everyone. It’s also perhaps not for every dog, because some may be happier being an only pet. If you are thinking about adding another dog, (or dogs!) to your existing pack, there are a few things to consider.
Perhaps one of the most obvious considerations is the cost. The the more dogs you have, the more expenses will increase Veterinary care, grooming, food and treats, plus the cost of paying someone to look after your dogs when you can’t be there. Pet health insurance is a good idea if you have multiple dogs, as this reduces the risk of having to pay for un-foreseen veterinary care. Accidents and illness can come out of the blue and may even affect more than one dog at any one time.
The next most important thing to think about is the time involved in looking after multiple dogs. While several dogs will happily play together and amuse each other, they also need individual attention and training. This is important in order to avoid the dogs becoming too boisterous; a distinct possibility if they spend too much time together doing their own thing. You may have to be more vigilant in a multi-dog household, than you would with just one or two dogs! ‘Refereeing’ might become more frequent, especially with young dogs.
Will all dogs be well-suited companions?
Another crucial factor is how well suited the dogs are to one another. Dogs of different sizes will need more supervision to prevent accidents. While some dogs may be more energetic, others will prefer a quieter life. Some dogs just may not get on with other dogs in the same household.
This may mean providing tailored care for different dogs in the household. While certain individuals may prefer long hikes meeting other dogs and playing; others may need quieter strolls and a gentler lifestyle. This may mean walking your dogs in relays at different times. This might also be necessary if you are physically unable to control multiple dogs at once. All of this will add a lot more time in respect of walking and training your dogs.
How many dogs!?
How many dogs you welcome into your family is very much an individual choice. While many people are happy with one pet dog, others such as dog sports competitors, often end up owning multiple dogs. Likewise, people who are involved in dog rescue, or who volunteer to foster dogs for re-homing charities, frequently end up with a few more dogs than perhaps they bargained for!
The main thing is just to be sure that you can cope financially, physically (and mentally!) with lots of dogs. More dogs can most definitely mean more fun, but it is also means more responsibility so it’s always best to try and think clearly before adding extra dogs to your family.
Home from home holiday care for multi-dog households.
At Holidays4Dogs we offer a wonderful service caring for your dogs when you are on holiday, or otherwise need someone to care for your four-legged friends. While we generally care for one, or two, dogs from same household only, we do have carers who can accommodate multiple dogs from the same family and our rates are always very reasonable. If you would like to discuss holiday requirements for multiple dogs, please get in touch with us for a friendly chat.