Dog Adoption – How to Choose a Second Dog

A dog adoption in San Diego is the right way to go when you want to add a second dog to your household. The reason for this is because with an adoption you will be saving a dog from being euthanized, you will be helping combat the puppy mills menace and you will be creating room for more dogs to be rescued. The option is also cheaper than getting a dog from a responsible breeder or a pet store. But how do you find a soul mate for your dog? Here are the crucial things you should do.


The first thing you need to think about is the interactions your dog has had with other dogs. Does he interact more with certain dog breeds? Does he love playful dogs or the laid-back ones? You need to take your dog to the dog park and observe how he interacts with other dogs. This will help decide on the best dog for him.

Needless to say, most dogs want dogs that act like them. This is an important point to remember when considering a dog rescue. This does not, however, mean that you get the dog that is the exact match of your dog. A gentle dog can make your hyperactive dog calm down a bit. If your dog is insecure or fearful, he might get at ease around a dog that is outgoing and confident but not overbearing.


Generally speaking, dogs of the same size make the best pairs. This is, however, not to say that the Yorkies and Great Danes cannot make great housemates. All in all, you need to remember that a huge size difference will increase the risk of the small dog being hurt by the big one by accident. If you must go for dogs with a huge size difference, you must invest more in socialization and training and keep a close eye on them as they interact.


The age of your dog is something you need to consider when getting a second dog. For example, if you have a senior dog, going for a puppy adoption in San Diego might not be the best thing to do. This is because the senior dog will not have the patience for the hyperactive puppy. Try and get a dog that is closer in age to your dog.


Experts recommend betting two dogs of opposite sex. Dogs of the same sex are more likely to fight. However, before you go for the opposite sex, make sure the dog is neutered or spayed as well as well trained and socialized.

Regardless of the type of dog you choose, it is always good to monitor their interactions closely. This is irrespective of their age, sex and size. In addition to that, before choosing a second dog, let the two meet on neutral territory. Check for aggression. If the two are open to meeting, you can go ahead with the second dog or puppy rescue.  

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