Adopting 2 Puppies

Pros and Cons of Adopting Two Puppies
There’s no denying that adopting a puppy is an exciting idea. Most everyone melts over soft pink puppy pads, puppy breath, and the fun of helping a baby dog discover his big, new world. If one puppy is wonderful, aren't two puppies are twice as amazing? It's possible, as long as you weigh the pros and cons first.

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Pros
While adding one puppy to your family can contribute loads of fun and entertainment, some people choose to bring two home. The reasons differ, from seeing the two dogs interact together, concerns that one puppy will be lonely, and the thought of separating them is too unbearable to contemplate. Whatever the reason, it is essential to understand that there are additional issues you’ll encounter when adopting two puppies. However, there are many advantages to bringing home two puppies, such as:
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  • Saving two lives
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  • Companionship for each pup
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  • Puppies can grow up together
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  • Teach responsibility to multiple family members

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Cons
The biggest hurdle of adopting a pair of puppies is the tendency to become inseparable and bond intimately with each other, sometimes to the exclusion of a significant bond with their owners. Also, owners usually underestimate the time, responsibility, and engagement required to train and care properly for two puppies. The result is untrained and undersocialized pups. Other disadvantages include:
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  • Double clean up required
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  • Increased food and medical costs
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  • Individual training for each puppy
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  • Separate crating for sleeping and eating

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Be fair and practical about whether you and your family members have the time and resources to provide both pups what they need to ensure a loving, lifelong home with you. If you decide you are up for the challenge, owning two puppies enables you to experience what it’s like to be a pack leader. It also provides them with the comfort and security of having a constant companion.

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