Should I Get My Labrador Retriever Another Dog to Live With?

I’ve heard that dogs are pack dogs and need to live with other dogs but I’ve also heard they don’t have too. I’m trying to convince my parents that we should get another dog. I want to get another Labrador Retriever for my current Labrador Retriever. Is this a good idea? Or should I just keep one dog. I want another but I need all my facts to convince my parents.

There is no right or wrong answer to this. It all depends on you, your dog and your situation.

Yes, dogs are pack animals. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they need another dog. They can be quite happy with a human family as a solo dog. Some dogs actually don’t do well with another dog.

You also need to consider a few things. One big one is that when you add another dog, you are no longer the only influence on your dog. This can be good, or this can be bad. For example, my older GSD taught my Lab how to swim. Great. But before my lab came along, you could leave the dog food bag out and the GSD would not touch it. Since adding the Lab (who is food crazy), both have become counter surfers. One vocal dog can encourage another normally quiet dog to become more vocal.
Then there is the added cost. Twice the food bills, twice the vet bills, etc. In one month my Lab got sick and needed xrays and the GSD broke two teeth and had to have the roots removed. It was over $1000 in vet bills that month.
There is added time you need to spend with them. While a lot of exercise and training can be done together, it is important that some training be done apart. It is also very important to make sure they get used to being separated as well as being together. I have made the mistake of not doing this and it can be difficult.

As for actually owning two dogs, I don’t find two much more work than one. They go outside together, eat together, etc.

Personally, I will always have two dogs but I don’t think that it is completely necessary to have another for one to be happy.

Having two dogs is not a substitute for attention from you or exercise. Just because they can entertain each other or keep each other company does not mean they need any less attention or exercise.

5 Responses to “Should I Get My Labrador Retriever Another Dog to Live With?”

  1. Ally says:

    In my opinion dogs are happier when they have another canine companion. BUT unless you have the time, financial means and space you should stick with one dog
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  2. marci knows best says:

    Dogs are pack animals, but your and your family are his pack. He doesn’t need another dog. Pay more attention to the dog you have now. Take him to a training class, take him for long walks and to the dog park, play fetch or Frisbee with him every day and he will be one happy dog.
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  3. James Guess says:

    Labradors are very affectionate dogs. The do much better with a constant companion, be it human or animal. They are also very playful dogs which means that having two of them may be quite a handful that most people aren’t prepared to handle.
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  4. Vicky<3su says:

    It is always better to have two dogs in the house so that they can play with each other and be happier.
    Also, if you guys go on vacation and put the one dog at like a daycare it might be depressed because it misses you guys too much, but if you get the original dog a new pal, it would be less depressed because it actually has someone that it knows.

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  5. Kaper says:

    There is no right or wrong answer to this. It all depends on you, your dog and your situation.

    Yes, dogs are pack animals. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they need another dog. They can be quite happy with a human family as a solo dog. Some dogs actually don’t do well with another dog.

    You also need to consider a few things. One big one is that when you add another dog, you are no longer the only influence on your dog. This can be good, or this can be bad. For example, my older GSD taught my Lab how to swim. Great. But before my lab came along, you could leave the dog food bag out and the GSD would not touch it. Since adding the Lab (who is food crazy), both have become counter surfers. One vocal dog can encourage another normally quiet dog to become more vocal.
    Then there is the added cost. Twice the food bills, twice the vet bills, etc. In one month my Lab got sick and needed xrays and the GSD broke two teeth and had to have the roots removed. It was over $1000 in vet bills that month.
    There is added time you need to spend with them. While a lot of exercise and training can be done together, it is important that some training be done apart. It is also very important to make sure they get used to being separated as well as being together. I have made the mistake of not doing this and it can be difficult.

    As for actually owning two dogs, I don’t find two much more work than one. They go outside together, eat together, etc.

    Personally, I will always have two dogs but I don’t think that it is completely necessary to have another for one to be happy.

    Having two dogs is not a substitute for attention from you or exercise. Just because they can entertain each other or keep each other company does not mean they need any less attention or exercise.
    References :
    2 GSDs and a Lab

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