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Is it cruel to take one dog somewhere while leaving the other at home?

asked 2021-09-18 09:07:38 -0500

I just got a new puppy. We have another 1 year old dog already and we wanted to add a second pup to our family. Everything is going well but I was wondering...is it cruel to take the puppy somewhere and not take my other dog? I want to take the puppy out for vet appointments, socialization practise at Petco, training classes ect. I also do take my older dog places too since she also goes to training classes. But anyway, do dogs think "Oh she's taking the puppy out but not me!" ? I do not want my older dog to dislike me.

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answered 2021-09-18 16:54:51 -0500

I think your reasoning is sound, that there will be some places where you need to take the puppy and you don’t need to subject your older dog to accompanying you.

For example at the vet, there will be pets around who are sick including canine influenza, which is currently on the rise. Your older dog’s immune system may not be as robust plus most dogs I know do not enjoy being at the vets. For socialization and training practice, you can be more dedicated and focus more on your puppy becoming a good canine citizen if 100% of your attention is on puppy, rather than having to split it between the two dogs. When puppy’s training&socialization is more advanced, the older dog may fit better into that. To help achieve balance you, might opt to take your older dog some places without puppy. And of course give each of them attention at home, which is probably what they crave most of all.

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answered 2021-09-30 20:48:18 -0500

Dogs do NOT think the same way humans do. If you are taking your puppy somewhere that you KNOW your 1-year-old dog doesn't enjoy going, your older dog isn't going to be mad at you. That being said...your 2 dogs may benefit from being in the same places together so that they can learn acceptable behavior together. Your puppy doesn't have many experiences in the "real world" and your older dog does. SO, your puppy might learn the appropriate behavior you expect if he/she is watching the older dog in the same situation.

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