Does Having Two Puppies Help With Separation?

by Amy Hunter
Separation anxiety occurs when the pup longs for his human companion.

Separation anxiety occurs when the pup longs for his human companion.

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It can be tempting to get two puppies instead of one, thinking that the puppies will have each other to keep them company and make the transition easier from living with mom and siblings to living with you. Unfortunately, true separation anxiety occurs when the pup longs for his human companion, and another dog will not cure this issue.

Misconceptions

It is a common misconception that a puppy who is lonely is lonely for any companionship. While it is likely that the puppies will enjoy playing together, they will probably still whine and cry when you leave. This is perfectly normal and something that your puppy will learn not to do as he gets used to the fact that you always return when you leave. Getting two puppies may leave you with two crying puppies instead of one.

Drawbacks

While your puppies may not keep each other from being lonely when you are gone, they probably will bond strongly with each other and become attached in such a way that you may have trouble taking one somewhere without the other. If you know that you want two dogs in the future, you may wish to wait until your first puppy matures before adding another, or adopt a puppy and an adult dog.

Expert Advice

There is no reason to add another puppy to help your pup with separation. Spend plenty of time playing with him and exercising him, and if at all possible, bring him home over a long weekend or other time when someone will be around most of the day while he gets used to his new accommodations. Expect some whining when you leave or at night for the first few days, but your puppy will soon learn that you always return and will wait quietly for your return.

Considerations

If you have your heart set on two puppies, or you already have two puppies, you can take some steps to encourage both puppies to bond with you while still enjoying each other's company. Don't worry about your puppies spending enough time together, they will get enough time together to bond, the challenge is to separate them enough that they don't become overly dependent on one another. Keep them separately, preferable in separate rooms, and feed them separately. Take time every day to play with them and train them one at a time.

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About the Author

Amy Hunter has been a writer since 1998. She writes about health and lifestyle issues and enjoys writing about hiking, camping, trail running and other outdoor activities. Her work has appeared in "Sacramento Parent," ASPCA's "Animal Watch" and other print and online publications. She is the author of "The History of Mexico" and "Tony Gonzalez: Superstar of Pro Football," aimed at young-adult readers.

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