In episode 52, Sean answers a question from a listener who is thinking of adding a second dog to their family.  Sean covers three areas:

1) how to decide whether it’s a good idea to add a second dog

2) some items to think about in finding a good match with your current dog

3) Some tips on your immediate game plan when bringing a second dog home.

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In this session:

Should you get your dog – a dog??

How long will it take to acclimatize a second dog in your home?

What are some things to think about in creating a good match between your existing dog and a new second dog?

Details In this Session


People United for Pets (P.U.P. Dog Rescue)

Rescue Dog of the Week:

Here’s Takoda’s page:

Interview with the Director of PUP Dog Rescue:

If you’d like to know more about PUP Dog Rescue and more about how to find a good rescue organization, as well as get some tips about picking a good rescue dog for you, here’s my interview with Laura Tonkin (She’s the Director of PUP Dog Rescue)


When is it not a good idea to add a second dog?

  1. Don’t get your dog a dog because your first dog doesn’t get enough time with you.
  2. Don’t get a second dog if your first dog still has some functional skills to improve on still

Things to Think About in Matching a New Dog with A Second Dog.

  • Breed profile
  • Relative Play preferences
  • Relative dominance level
  • Relative energy level
  • Relative size
  • Relative age

Steps When Adding a Second Dog:

Phase one: (Weeks 1-4) Very little contact between dogs and basic training and relationship building with both dogs

Phase two: (Weeks 3-8) Begin supervised and coached play session between dogs and introduce toys and resources when near one another.  Lots of active coaching of policies.

Phase three: Weeks 8 and beyond) Focus on intermediate obedience skills and begin weaning off the need for active coaching when interacting with the other dog.

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