Often, when asked why we have had so many dogs, I would use the term “We are building bench strength. The older dogs teach the younger dogs the routines of our home and what is and what isn’t acceptable behavior.” (Most of the time, anyway).
I wrote about the theory here: Sunday Night, Dog Night on the old blog.
Having a second dog also provides companionship when the humans aren’t around.
Our soon to be married daughter fostered, then rescued Martha three years ago, when she was a 5-week old puppy whose mother had been hit by a car. Megan and her fiance Andrew, recently rescued “Winnie,” now almost 4 months old, who one day will probably dwarf her older sister.
Today, they were spied, Martha teaching Winnie how to guard the property by watching, and occasionally barking at any passers-by on Revere Street.
The old teaching the young.
As it should be.
And a different view….I think they are getting along just fine.