I learned about six years into my life as a dog owner that there are benefits to having more than one dog at a time. My first dog Pepper lived with my family in a big house where there was usually always one person at home. He was used to this type of environment for his first six years of his life. Then when I moved out on my own to a highrise condo with him, he had to be alone by himself all day out of a sudden when I went to work.
He started barking and being destructive. I was almost at a lost of what to do because noise was not acceptable in a highrise building. Then I recalled that dogs are pack animals by nature. This made me realize that perhaps I should get another dog so I went out and got Max, a lhasa apso puppy at the time.
At first, Pepper was actually afraid of Max because his exposure to other animals had been minimal (another mistake on my part as a first time dog owner). Max wanted to play with Pepper but Pepper would have nothing to do with him. But this gradually changed over about three weeks. Then Pepper realized that Max was a good buddy to have around and his barking as well as destructive behavious subsided. That’s when I knew that I will always try to have more than one dog at a time.
An article was recently written about the concept of having more than one dog and I along with a few other dog owners, talked about the benefits of multiple dogs.