Will Having Two Dogs Be Overwhelming?

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Will it be overwhelming to have two dogs to look after?

The answer is yes, but will it be worth it? The answer is yes, if you are willing to put in the time needed. I happen to work at home, which is really helpful,and honestly, I do not recommend having two dogs is you are at work for 40 hours a week.

Each dog will need individual training and time every single day. The puppy will need you to pay attention to his house training and discipline, while the older dog will need validation that you still love and value time with him. They will both need lots of cuddles (which is personally my favorite part!)

Will my older dog be a good mentor to the puppy or will the puppy simply learn from my older dog’s bad habits?

It is possible that your older can turn into a great leader for your new puppy. I never thought it could have happened with Ziggy. At one year old, Ziggy is kind of an immature pup, but when Zephyr cam along, Ziggy stepped up to the plate (for the most part). Ziggy is acting calmer, more level-headed, and appears to be taking on the big brother role naturally. Ziggy was always a very submissive. Becoming a big brother has helped him to be more of a pack leader.

This may not always be the case, but ultimately, the habits your older dog bestows on your new puppy will depend largely on what you allow and what you praise. Remember, so much of your dog’s energy depends on your energy.

Here is one of my favorite “go to” manuals for training dogs in a pack style in a loving way: