I have a three year old Jack Russell spayed bitch who I have had since a puppy and who stays with a friend on a farm when I'm at work all day and then she's at home with me in the evenings and on my days off. I will be moving house shortly and as a result, she won't be going to the farm anymore and she will be alone some mornings for three to four hours. I was thinking of getting another dog of similar type but I'm worried that it might upset her and selfishly I'm worried that another dog will change our relationship. Please may I ask for the experience of others about getting a second dog.
It's always difficult knowing what the dynamic will be like when you have two. My two dogs play with each other and love each other (spayed female entire male), but it's probably true that if they were single dogs they would be more human focused. People say two females are more likely to fight. I think you need to observe how your dog interacts with others as to whether she'd welcome some canine company. Plus if you are out for 3-4 hours you would struggle housetraining a pup without some help.
Beverley Cuddy, Editor