Bad Dog Behavior - "Can a New Dog Be a Good Influence?"
This is a very common question that I get from clients. A lot of people believe that getting a second dog will help reduce or correct their dog's behavioral problems more quickly. However - this couldn't be further from the truth.
Getting another dog to assist with the behavioral issue your dog is having is a huge mistake.
This new dog will most likely come with their own behavioral quirks, and, if your new dog is a puppy, you'll have potty training, command and behavioral training to worry about IN ADDITION to the behavioral issue you're all ready dealing with.
This can set your dog back even further and may even bring on MORE behavioral problems. Bringing a new dog, especially a puppy, into the mix will force you to divide your focus, and, as a result, your current dog's behavior (and even your NEW dog's) behavior can suffer.
Take a look at your current situation. Really sit back and assess the behavioral issues with your dog. How full is your plate? Are you struggling to find time as it is?
Before getting a new dog, consider the time it will take to train TWO dogs and consider if your dog will take kindly to this new situation. You need to ask yourself, "Could this possibly create more issues than benefits for my dog?"
Most likely, you will set yourself up for regret if you bring in another dog before you get your dog's current issues under control. This isn't to say that another dog is out of the question, just that it's best to handle one thing at a time. Once you have things settled with the dog you already have, you'll be in a much better place to think about adopting another.