Question: Do Dogs Need Another Dog?

Dogs deserve, and need, so much more.

You are demonstrating compassion and empathy for your furry friend if you’re considering getting a companion for your lonely dog.

The second pet need not necessarily be another dog, but if you have the room and can afford to take on another dog, you will be doing your dog a favor.

Do dogs get lonely being the only dog?

Truthfully, your dog is lonely when he’s alone. It’s not necessarily about having another dog around — although a second dog may help. That said, another dog isn’t the only thing that will fulfill a dog’s social needs. If you don’t have the time, money or space for another dog, you’re not failing as a dog parent.

How do I know if my dog needs a companion dog?

Watch for Socialization Cues

If he shows an interest in playing and socializing, it can be an indication he would enjoy the company of another pet at home. If he cowers, hides, growls or shows general disinterest, he may be perfectly fine being the lone top dog of the house.

Do dogs like having a second dog?

Well, the honest answer is… yes and no. Dogs are social animals and usually happier around other dogs, but a second dog will never be a substitute for inattentive, absent or too busy owners.