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Features March 2018 Issue

Reasons Not to Get a Second Dog

Reasons Not to Get a Second Dog

Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic Head Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil makes very clear that in general, adding a new dog to a dogís home life is an improvement in quality of life for the first pet. Itís not that remaining a one-dog household is ďbad.Ē It is always a good thing to give any dog, even if itís an only dog, a loving home where itís well cared for, and no one should feel guilty for not taking in a second canine pet if that doesnít work for them. But the doctor feels strongly enough about dogs needing canine companionship that she says those who choose to remain a one-dog household should consider doggie day care so their pet can run with their own kind ó or at least make sure they frequent dog-friendly parks where there are other dogs around to cavort in ways that only dogs can.

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