The 1:1 Ration: Signs You Should Only Have One Dog Part 1

February 2, 2016

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Canine lovers come in all types, shapes, and sizes, much like their beloved pooches. But if you’re not sure whether you should get (or stick to) just one four-legged canine friend, or you should consider enriching your life with another, take these signs into consideration.

You Have Other Pets

Everyone loves an amazing, highly-functioning multi-pet household. However, dreaming of a huge animal family is one thing, while successfully living in one is something completely different.

If you already have a big, lovely family that includes humans of all ages and deferent pets alike, you should really give a second thought to getting another pooch.

Bringing another dog into the mix would require a lot of things. First of all, your current pets need to adapt and adjust to a new family member.

Secondly, having a new pup would also mean less time and attention you can give to your current pets, not to mention temperament testing and even more vigilance if you have kids.

Your Budget Could Go Without Another Pet

Sure, love cannot be measured by money, especially that kind of selfish, everlasting love that comes from your beloved four-legged friend. But that doesn’t mean that having a pet is completely free. Even if you adopt (which is a better option for people and dogs alike), the pup could get sick from time to time.

It could also have a condition of some kind that was not noticeable, or it might need dental work. They don’t live on love and air, and dog food can be pricey, especially if you already have pets which also need to be fed with quality nutrients.

You Don’t Have the Time

This reason for not getting another pooch is even more important if you plan on getting a young canine friend. Having a pup is like having a child – you need to take care of it, no one else can do it for you. Well, technically they can, but what’s the point of having a four-legged friend then at all? You need to spend time with your pet, not just for cuddling and playing around, but you also need to spend plenty of time on training the pet and taking it to the vet on check-ups.

If the dog is younger and not been inside before, you need to spend a lot of time on helping the pet to adapt to its new surroundings. And yes, that means taking time from something or someone else in your life, including the pets you already have. If you don’t have the time, you should probably stick to the pet(s) you’ve already got.

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