Dogs are social creatures, so most will appreciate a playmate. Fortunately, there are many ways to find your favorite pooch a canine companion. From dog parks to play groups, pet parents can explore a variety of options.
Finding Your Dog the Ideal Playmate
Most dogs are easy enough to match with a playmate. Generally, dogs have outgoing personalities and appreciate company, although this obviously varies among individuals.
Does your pooch love the dog park or does all that stimulus just make him anxious? Does your dog participate in sports like agility or dock jumping?
Match Dogs Based Upon Style of Play: Dogs play differently and a dog that tends to be very submissive during play may have a difficult time getting along with a dog that is aggressive and dominant during playtime. Some dogs prefer to chase while other dogs love to wrestle and tackle. Regardless of how your dog chooses to play, be sure that his new companion plays in a complementary fashion.
Look for Similar Sizes: Although there are many notable exceptions to this rule, size does often matter. It may be difficult (and dangerous) for a 150 lb. Saint Bernard to play with a Chihuahua, so it’s important to find your dog a playmate that is at least comparable in size. The dogs do not need to be the same size or breed, but it is important to ensure that one cannot easily injure the other with a misplaced paw or a badly timed rollover.
Consider Ages: Generally, older dogs do not enjoy playing with puppies and puppies think that senior pooches are no fun at all. Therefore, it is important to find dogs that are of comparable ages. This will produce better play and ensure that both dogs are capable of keeping up with the pace.
Go for a Pair: When seeking a canine companion for your dog, start with a pair and only consider a threesome if the dogs all seem happy, well adjusted and eager. Sometimes, three is a crowd.
Tinder for Dogs: In case it is a little tougher than expected for your furry friend to meet a companion, there’s an app for that. Give Tindog a try.
Whether it’s through your dog park or your iPhone, we hope your dog makes a friend soon.