Raising two dogs vs one dog. Should you raise one dog or two dogs? That’s a question I asked myself for years — until I decided to try owning multiple dogs (usually 2, but sometimes 3) at the same time. Because multi-dog household aggression is real! It’s one of the signs of Littermate Syndrome when you’re raising two puppies. I’ve been at this for decades now! Here’s how to introduce 2 dogs. Signs one dog doesn’t like the other. Pros & Cons of having more than one dog. Ways to simplify life when you have multiple dogs. How to get dogs to get along. All my best tips for how to raise two dogs in the house together!
First Time Dog Owner Tips
First, some things you need to think about BEFORE bringing your new dog home (like whether you should get a puppy vs. an older dog, which dog breed is best for you, and how to puppyproof your house inside & outside). Then, important things you should do during the very first days home with your new dog that will make potty training and sleeping go a whole lot smoother. Finally, fun ways to get to know your dog better and begin the bonding process. Not sure where to begin with your new dog? Start here --> Puppy Care 101.
Is Littermate Syndrome real? YES! Most experts strongly advise against raising sibling puppies — because they may become difficult to handle as they mature due to Littermate Syndrome. What Is Littermate Syndrome? Littermate Syndrome (sometimes called Sibling Puppy Syndrome) refers to issues that are more likely to arise when puppies from the same litter (or […]
Do you have an allergic reaction to dogs? Maybe you’re allergic to dog hair. Or maybe you’re allergic to dog saliva. Either way, you’re in luck… This Hypoallergenic Dogs List includes 19 non-shedding and non-drooling dogs that are great for people who have pet allergies! Learn the difference between hypoallergenic and non-hypoallergenic dogs, and see why these 19 were chosen as the top hypoallergenic dogs that pet allergy sufferers most frequently adopt.
If your dog still pees or poops in the house, read this! Top 7 reasons dogs have accidents & best the DIY remedy for each. Top 5 dog potty training gadgets… that work! And our best tips for potty training puppies and adult dogs.
Is your dog nervous in public places? Does he always have his eye on strangers and watch their every move? A dog trainer shares 2 important ways to make your fearful dog more comfortable around strangers. Is your dog even afraid to play? Here’s how to help a scared dog build confidence in themselves and become less fearful.
Good apartment dogs come in all shapes and sizes — your best choice will be one with an energy level that matches your lifestyle! See a list of the best dog breeds for apartments. Plus, important things you need to know before adopting a dog that will live in an apartment. Finally, see how to find dog friendly apartments nearby. And tips for getting apartments that allow dogs to accept YOUR dog!
It can be difficult to outwit a smart dog that is determined to get into the garbage one way or another. These are the best dog proof trash cans (including DIY dog proof garbage cans!) and tips for keeping your dog out of the trash once and for all!
Obviously, you wouldn’t want your dog to become ill or injured due to your own negligence. Your dog trusts you to keep them safe. Your best bet is to keep your dog indoors and away from the commotion on Halloween night — to prevent them from becoming frightened, anxious, or injured. Here are some ways to include your dog in Halloween, without stressing out your dog!
Here is a list of common everyday objects we all have in our houses that I’ve learned firsthand (and while working at a vet) can be deadly to a dog. See what you can do to modify these things to keep your dog safe. Plus, my own DIY puppy proofing tips that I use to keep my dogs safe at home.
Trying to find the right puppy feeding schedule and puppy potty routine for your new dog? See why it’s important to get your dog peeing and pooping on a regular schedule every day — and timed perfectly with your dog’s feeding schedule. Plus, how to tell when your dog needs to go outside — specific signs to watch for. I’m going to show you how to set up a daily dog feeding schedule and a dog routine for going outside.
Wondering if changing a dog’s name is something you should do? And can you change a dog’s name regardless of age? Here’s WHEN it makes the most sense to change a dog’s name, the times when you should NOT change a dog’s name, a few things you should do BEFORE renaming a dog, HOW to change a dog’s name now to avoid problems later, and how to get a dog to LEARN its name quickly!
The usual simple steps to crate training are practical and helpful — but they overlook the day-to-day troubles that you’re likely to face in the process of crate training a dog. Here are some important things I’ve learned about crate training dogs. I did it differently with my first dog (a Labrador) than I did with my second dog (a French Bulldog). See the 10 mistakes I’ve done when crate training dogs — and how to avoid making those same mistakes.
Have a mixed breed dog? (Me too.) Here’s a list of mixed breed dog names — so you’ll know what to call cross breed dogs other than mutts! According to the American Canine Hybrid Club, this is the official list of recognized hybrid dog breeds and their unique mixed breed dog names. These are all cross breed dogs with unique names that were created by combining 2 popular dog mixes. (Some call them designer dogs or designer dog breeds.) Pictures included!
If you’re considering adding a Dachshund dog to your family, then you should know that there are 3 different sizes and a wide variety of colors, markings (and hair lengths!) to choose from. In fact, the Dachshund has more coat, color, and pattern combinations and varieties than any other dog breed! Beyond that, here’s what you need to know about Doxies shedding, digging, back issues, stubbornness, potty training, grooming & exercise needs. Plus how they are around kids.
Have you ever dealt with dog aggression issues? I have! We went from 2 dogs to 3 dogs and the middle dog immediately became aggressive toward the new puppy. Here are my tips for adding another dog into your household and how to deal with dog aggression — especially when it’s an older dog playing too rough with a new puppy.
Yes, puppy hiccups are normal. Here’s what causes hiccups in dogs, why they’re so common in puppies, how long dog hiccups last, what you can do to stop them, and how to prevent them from happening in the first place.
As if full-size Chihuahuas weren’t already small enough — think Taco Bell dog — there’s been a rise in the popularity of Teacup Chihuahuas! Here are the Pros and Cons of Teacup Chihuahuas and some of the people who love ’em and hate ’em. By the way, if you’re looking at a miniature Chihuahua or a mini Chihuahua, then it’s probably a Teacup Chihuahua.
Pocket-sized dogs or miniature dogs are referred to as Teacup dogs. There’s a huge market for small dogs – the smaller the better. But is a Teacup dog right for you?
Getting a Bichon Frise dog? Here are the best things about Bichon Frise dogs, plus some of the health & household issues that are common with this breed. Read this before adopting a Bichon dog.
Before you adopt a rescue Greyhound, read this! Here’s what you need to know about a Greyhound dog’s temperament, appetite, friendliness toward other animals… and people.
The best toys for dogs are those which match your dog’s needs the best. If your dog has no teeth, or few teeth, these are the 10 best dog toys to consider.
See the true cost of owning a dog — in hard dollars — plus how to save money on pet costs. These are tips that you can use when you get a new puppy all the way through your dog’s adult life. If you’re getting a new dog soon, start here to save big bucks!
Whether you’re trying to come up with a clever name for a female dog or a male dog, it’s guaranteed – this is the absolute best name for a dog! It’s incredibly unique… and cool. But the best part: it’s such a conversation starter! You’ll amaze your friends — and your vet — if you name your dog this…
It has happened again!… Our dog discovered a rabbit hole in our backyard and his attention could not be diverted away from the bunnies until the last one left the nest. Here are photos of dogs and bunnies.
You want to get your dog on some sort of a schedule so he always knows when he’s going to be allowed outside to pee & poop, when he’s going to be fed, and when he’s expected to go to sleep for the night. Setting these types of boundaries and expectations for your dog will make potty training — and other things — so much easier. Here’s how to get your dog to adapt to a daily routine.
It’s becoming more popular to adopt a dog from an animal shelter rather than buy a dog from a pet store. However, the different types of animal agencies that provide homes for dogs are often confused. We will point you in the right direction and help you find the best places to safely adopt a dog in your area.
Certain dog breeds tend to bark a lot — usually with good reason though. Other breeds of dogs have a reputation of barking less. There are many different lists of barking dog breeds — and deciding which dogs to place on which list can be rather subjective — but THIS is one of the best lists of dog breeds that don’t bark.
As dogs age, their nutritional needs change. To keep your dog healthy through old age, you’ll need to make some adjustments to your dog’s diet. Here’s what to watch for and how to meet your dog’s needs with senior dog foods.
Hybrid dogs and designer dogs are canines that have purebred parents, but each parent is from a different breed. Here are the downsides of owning a designer dog, and some advantages.
Here are the best places to find replacement batteries for your pet containment system, plus time- and money-saving tips for replacing the batteries yourself.
Save this list in case your dog goes missing one day! These tips will help to reunite you with your lost dog in the quickest way possible.
We received this question about dog chewing from a dog owner on our Facebook Page. Since others may be dealing with the same, or a similar, situation I thought I’d share my reply here — along with more details that could be helpful to other dog owners.
Wondering about the difference between purebreed dogs, mixed breed dogs, and hybrid dogs? Here’s how to tell which one your dog is…
See why most people ultimately decide to foster dogs, and how to find dog foster opportunities where you live. Plus, see what’s required to foster a dog and what you can expect if you become a dog foster parent.
If you live in Arizona, Florida, or parts of California and you have a dog… listen up! Dog frog poisoning is a reality. Here are the toads to watch for and what to do if your dog comes in contact with a poisonous toad.
As part of puppy-proofing your house, make sure you never leave loose change lying around… especially pennies! Pennies have zinc in them and zinc is fatal to dogs. As seen in this video, the secret to a dog’s survival after swallowing one or more pennies is early removal!
Have an elderly dog? These are the signs of aging you should be on the lookout for. Each of them requires special attention for senior dogs.
Most people have a disaster plan for their family in case of an emergency. Does your plan of action also include your dog? When planning for an emergency, you need to have your dog’s safety in mind in addition to your own.
To aid us in potty training our dog, we decided to try a dog doorbell. Take it from me, by teaching your dog to ring a bell to let you know when she has to go outside, you will definitely have fewer accidents in the house! Here’s how we used dog bell training with our 2 dogs.
Do you have a frightened dog only at certain times? If so, should you pet your dog to calm him during storms & other scary situations? The answer is yes, petting your dog, giving him treats, and using other calming behaviors are excellent counter conditioning methods that work!
Do you have a mixed breed dog and want to know which breeds make up your dog’s genetic background? Maybe you were told that you have a purebred dog, but you’re not 100% sure yourself. The most accurate way to find the breed of your dog is to use a dog DNA testing kit. Here’s how it works.
Tired of standing in the rain waiting for your dog to do his business outside? Try training your dog to pee or poop on command. All you need is a ‘cue word’, some dog treats, and a little bit of patience.
If you need to keep your dog on your property but are unable to put up a fence from some reason or another try an invisible dog fence. When considering an invisible dog fence weigh all of the pros and cons before diving in and putting one in.
If your dog is about to give birth, here are the items you need to have ready before she goes into labor. Plus, an idea of what to expect at each of the 3 stages of your dog giving birth.
Did you know that dog age is actually influenced by your dog’s breed and size? That’s right, there’s much more to it than just multiplying by 7 to get your dog’s age in human years. Here is a much more accurate way to determine dog age.
Do you have a dog garbage can invader? Are you tired of coming home to dog trash strewn all over your house? Here are some tips, plus advice for where to hide your trash cans.
There are several different teacup dogs out there to choose from. One of the more popular teacup dogs is a Teacup Chihuahua.
If you dog is pregnant with mixed breed pups and you’re wondering what breed to call the puppies when they’re born, or if you recently adopted a dog whose parents were from 2 different breeds and you’re wondering what to call that new dog breed, check here for a list of over 300 new dog breed names! Your mixed breed dog might be an entirely new dog breed. We’ll help you determine the new dog breed name.
Do you already have one dog in your house? Thinking of adding a second dog to your family pack? Here’s how to properly introduce the two dogs BEFORE you bring the new dog home.
Bringing home a new puppy dog and not sure how to prepare? This video shows some of the first things you should do to prepare your new puppy dog for his first days at home. Plus tips on how to puppy-proof your home.