When there is one dog in the house, pet management is a light and smooth task. But then what happens when you get another blessing – whether it’s a craving to get another pet yourself, or a gift is given from a close friend, or you become a recipient of a recent puppy breeding that the neighbors took on?
It’s so hard to say no when the cute little newborn puppy is calling to you. It’s easy if the dog is the exact same breed as the one you currently have, but even that has to be managed. Being a multi-breed dog parent is a fun yet challenging experience – but that won’t take the enjoyment out of it. Just make sure you have the basics in place of how to manage your newly diversified household.
Here are some places to start:
- Designate a separate place of shelter for each dog.
You have yet to know how well they will be able to get along, so before your adoption, make sure you have proper provisions for each dog’s living space. Have a separate one for each, and don’t be tempted to assume that they’ll live happily ever after from the very beginning. Accept that they have their own individual needs and it’s a possibility that they won’t interact that much.
- Visit your vet.
Go to your dog doctor as soon as you can to get your new pet checked. Administer the basic shots so they can healthily move around with other pets and humans in the house. Consult on the proper diet for the specific type of breed that it is so that you may be able to plan accordingly.
- Carve out a feeding scheme.
The more dogs you have, and the more diverse their breeds are, the more you have to be intricate about this. If after your veterinary consultation, you’ve cleared the fact that they can basically eat the same types of foods, then you’re in luck. Just make sure to adjust to each dog’s needs accordingly. Ensure that their diet includes healthy dog food, and follow a feeding schedule so that your dog also has set expectations and habits ingrained in them from the beginning.
- Give both dogs an opportunity to meet.
Set a play date, or a walk date, where one dog is assigned to one family member each. For the first time, do this with one responsible human tending to each dog as you cannot predict how they will behave – if any one dog gets out of control, at least one human will be good enough to regulate or tame. Let them both warm up to one another. Don’t expect instant friendship from the beginning as some dogs take more time than others.
- Make sure to give each dog their fair share of attention.
Follow a schedule for each dog, and set play, grooming, and bonding times with them individually. Make sure the attention is spread evenly – just like human children, this helps manage their moods and can contribute to letting them warm up to one another more easily.
Though it may seem challenging, being a multi-breed dog parent isn’t really that hard. All you have to do is plan the necessary routines and manage your time with them wisely.