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One or two dogs - which is easier?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Alice Childress, Oct 3, 2013.


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Did you find one or two dogs easier?

  1. I found one dog easier

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    49.1%
  2. I found two dogs easier

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    50.9%
  1. Alice Childress

    Alice Childress PetForums VIP

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    I've seen on here some people say that they find two dogs more than double the work (what with both separate and together training/walking/socialisaing), yet also seen people say they found two (or more) easier than one as they had each other to entertain each other, and felt less bad about leaving them for a few hours.

    So just wondering what the over all consensus is...

    (For the sake of keeping it single, I've only given two option of one or two dogs, but obviously those with multiple dogs can also offer their experience).
     
  2. Julesky

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    Can't answer as I only have one :D... but I await the replies- good topic!
     
  3. catz4m8z

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    I cant really comment...I only had Adam about 2 mths before I got Hannah!:eek:

    I think that one is more portable but then its easier to leave more then one alone. So swings and roundabouts really!
     
  4. BlueJay

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    One dog is definitely easier the way I see it -
    don't have to buy 2+ of everything, less food, less mess to pick up, more space in your bed ;) , easier to go visiting, don't have to keep an eye out for toy/chew stealing and you don't have to deal with noisy play time just when you've settled down for a film lol!

    Much less fun though haha :p
     
  5. ballybee

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    lol I wanted to choose both options, there are some things that were easier with 1 dog (like food and insurance costs lol) and some that are easier with 2. They do entertain each other at times, they keep each other company too but there are negatives, Dan relies on Tummel for confidance, which stresses Tummel out. We've resolved this by walking them seperately in the morning (our big walk) and then that puts Tummel in a good enough mood that they can be walked together for the rest of the day.

    Training is harder, especially socialising, both my dogs are reactive but it's different types, Tummel is very defensive, and Dan is very excited...so when we walk them together we try to keep them apart if we have to pass a dog, as Dans excitement sets Tummels fear off :(

    Other than that i enjoy having 2 dogs, there's always at least 1 willing to be used as a living hot water bottle :p
     
  6. donnas1977

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    I would say 2, company for each other etc. I have always had 2 dogs and one passed away recently. We weren't going to bother with a second as our other dog is older and thought let her enjoy her time. House was so quiet without the second dog and our spaniel did seem to miss having a playmate around. It can cause trouble when visiting etc and double the cost etc esp when both don't eat same food (one dog is 12 and the other is 21 months) :smile5:
     
  7. Sarah1983

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    I think it depends on the dogs personally. When I had two dogs pretty much everything was done with both of them together. There was the occasional separate walk and only Shadow went to class (Wolf didn't enjoy them) but that was about it. If I hadn't been able to walk them together for some reason or they'd not been able to safely be together for whatever reason it would have been a lot more difficult and time consuming. Having another dog with Rupert would have meant doing separate walks at the very least as I'd never have managed him and another dog.
     
  8. SLB

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    I found one easier in some aspects.. walking, training, feeding.

    But with two, I found leaving them easier.

    Nothing got particularly difficult though with two. I had to do separate walks now and then, training was easy, I took them out separate or to classes separate or had one wait whilst I trained the other. And feeding - well thats just easy anyway.

    With three it's the same, except I can't leave Jack on his own, so if I want to take two dogs out, it has to be one of the youngsters with Jack. However Jack isn't much of a problem outside and I quite often forget I have him so thats not even a problem either.
     
  9. 2Hounds

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    For most 1 probably is easier, but double the work sound loads, a lady asked how I managed with 3 at feed time and its just filling & carrying an extra bowl may feel more awkward briefly but soon becomes normal.

    I adopted 2 at same time and only was down to 1 for 6months when Hector passed. I much prefer 2, they provide company & sometimes confidence for each other. The work part felt negligible 1 less bowl to fill,poop to collect, lead to hold. We took them both to classes at same time, though I ended up doing most of the training at home, the dogs 5-10 min sessions could just pop one away & train alternately. I think watching throp sitting actually taught Hector to rather than my attempts.

    I agree it depends on the 2 dogs how easy it is, Hattie is more of a handful on walks than Hector but is better at being left alone. I wouldn't want 2 puppies together, my boys were 20 months so nearly mature if a bit silly.
     
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  10. Fleur

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    I have voted 2 - but it has so many variables and what our understanding of 'easier' is ;)

    I would never recommend getting 2 at once or even within 18 months of each other

    for me 2 is easier, because mine can be left without worrying that everyone has gone, they keep each other company and also they seem to be less interested in strange dogs - but all of that is down to the individual dogs, 2 dogs could just as easily be the complete opposite.

    2 are harder because of the financial burden, logistics -one dog is often more accepted than 2 or multiples, training and also dependency on each other.
     
  11. BeauNoir

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    I've put 1 because it is easier to get dog walkers, sitters, trainers with 1, it is easier for us to travel with just 1, just 1 are more welcome at families and friends houses, it is cheaper, you don't have to have so many things, you didn't have to try to be fair with treats, just dish 'em out!

    But, I do agree that I feel less bad about going out and doing stuff without the dogs when there are two, because I know they have each other at home. They also tire each other out so less mental stimulation is needed on my part.

    I found there to be hardly any difference between having 2 dogs and 3 dogs though, I think once you get past the 1-2 then the difference is minimal.
     
  12. Fleur

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    For me personally I totally agree with everything apart from the last sentence I found having 1 lovely :) having 2 more fun :D having 3 really hard work :(, I love my 3 but I'd never have 3 again - all of mine are a lazy around the house, mostly good on walks and don't need a lot of attention but for some reason I can't put my finger on 3 is just a bit too much for me :eek:
     
  13. JessIncaFCR

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    Hmmm...overall I would say 1 is easier.

    Having to buy 2 of everything, 2 lots of food, 2 lots of show entries, 2 lots of training classes etc.

    However, Inca's crate training was easier when she was a pup, as she had the company, which made leaving her easier.

    They are good company for each other though :)
     
  14. labradrk

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    I only had two dogs for a month before I had three. :rolleyes:

    But I suppose like anything, it depends on the dogs. If you have two young, very active dogs that bounce off each other, then yes it is going to be double the time and effort. Whereas if you have two more chilled dogs then financial aspects aside, I personally wouldn't find two to be any more effort than one.

    For example I could easily have 4 or 5 Dexter's (I wouldn't, but just hypothetically!) as he is no trouble really. Whereas the thought of two Bo's is terrifying. :eek:
     
  15. cbrookman

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    I have 3 ranging form 5 months to 3 years, 3 gundog breeds so very high energy. The biggest drawback IMO is the expense (food, insurance), and the mess, having to clean up after 3 muddy dogs after rainy walks :(. I enjoy seeing their interactions and feel OK about leaving them for a few hours as they have company. You know you have too many dogs when someone asks you if you are a dog walker (as someone did the other day!!). My response was to say that I wished I was being paid to walk them. People also keep saying, "You've got your hand full!"
     
  16. Hanlou

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    Hmmm. I don't know tbh. :eek:

    We wanted to get another dog whilst Whisper was young enough to cope with one. My reasons were partly selfish - I didn't want the house to be empty when Whisper does eventually 'leave' us as I know how hard it will be to lose her. :(

    But Whisper was also getting 'old' before her time in her behaviour etc. Getting Teddy truly gave her a new lease of life - she plays with him like a pup and they are very close. They do have their spats (like siblings lol!) but overall they've been really good for each other. xx

    There are negative sides though - Whisper barks at any dog that approaches Teddy as she is very protective of him. :rolleyes:

    Like others have said - insurance is double, food costs are increased (not double for us because Teddy is not that big lol), walking them on your own is harder, two lots of accessories to buy etc etc.

    They do keep each other company sleeping close to each other on the sofa, snuggling up on the back seat on car journeys.

    It isn't double the work at all. But it is more work without doubt.

    Will we have another dog when Whisper passes? We will wait and see. :)
     
  17. bearcub

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    Six of one and half a dozen of the other for me.

    I never have to worry about their happiness in terms of canine companionship; they adore each other.
    Walks are generally more fun for them, and for me. I love to watch them play and explore together. The games they play exclusively with each other are stimulating for them both mentally and physically.
    I feel happy about leaving them, not sure if it actually makes much difference but they do seem generally pretty chilled out when I leave the house as oppose to when we just had Florence, she would pace and get in our way as we got ready to leave.

    However; I do think of the days we just had Florence with happy memories. Getting around was easier, from getting public transport to just walking on the lead, it was generally a less stressful experience and maintaining Florence's loose lead walking could always be my focus.
    We haven't been on a doggy holiday really since Freya but I'm sure it will be harder to organise and find a nice place to stay with two dogs.
    Recall can be harder with them both, if one sees something chaseable, the other won't be far behind - something I have to work on on every walk.

    I think I would take part in more doggy activities if I just had the one, I can't bear to leave one out and being a lazy sod I just don't have the energy for seperate walks when my two really need 2+ hours a day.

    Easier just isn't the word for me to describe the benefits and drawbacks of owning two dogs. Both have their own complications and in an ideal world I'd have all the time in the world to dedicate to each of them. Maybe one dog would be my ideal but I couldn't decide which one of mine I would rather have :D
     
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  18. Hanlou

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    Yup. Same here! :) xx
     
  19. Tigerneko

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    I also wanted to vote for both, but that wouldn't make for a very accurate poll :lol:

    Obviously having one dog is easier in terms of money and having to have two of everything... but I do think two is easier in other respects.

    Like others have said, I feel less guilty now having two dogs than I did when I just had Amber. I work full time and although either myself of my parents pop in every day at lunch times, I still felt awful leaving Amber most of the day. I feel far less guilty now she at least has another dog for company for the parts of the day that i'm out.

    I also find it easier from a security point of view. Amber is very laid back and VERY rarely barks (I think i've heard her bark twice since I got her in June!) and wouldn't bat an eyelid if someone broke in. Sadie, however, is a Rottie, which is a deterrent in itself! She is quite an alert dog, and I don't doubt she would bark or wake me up if something gave her enough cause for concern.

    I don't know if 'easier' is the right word, but I certainly prefer having two dogs - it's definitely worth the extra cost and work. Although I have to say, I wouldn't have the same mix of breeds again that I have now - their energy levels and temperaments are SO different and sometimes it makes walks quite difficult - one wants to carry on for another 2 hours and the other wants to go home and go to bed! I also feel sometimes as though I am excluding Amber from training and activities that I do with Sadie, although Amber isn't really interested in doing training stuff anyway... but I still feel guilty :eek:
     
  20. MollySmith

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    Great thread Alice, we're contemplating another addition so it's useful to read these very honest responses.
     
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