How can I tell if my dog likes being an only pet?
It may be hard to tell if your dog likes being an only pet, as most dogs are social creatures who enjoy the company of other dogs. Some dogs, however, were not socialized as puppies and therefore may not be as comfortable in the presence of other dogs. Other dogs have developed aggressive tendencies for one reason or another, and may not do well with other dogs because of these latent aggression issues.
If you do not know if your dog does well with other dogs, it’s best to do a controlled experiment with just one other dog to test out your dog’s reaction. Always have both dogs on leashes in a neutral environment when testing out your dog’s canine social skills so that neither dog, nor owners, are in danger and can be controlled. If your dog acts friendly towards the other dog and is interested in sniffing the other dog, he most likely enjoys the company of other canines. If your dog is very hesitant, scared or aggressive, your dog may not be very socialized and might do better as an only pet until he is prepared to be around other dogs.
With proper training and rehabilitation, most dogs can be taught to accept and coexist with other animals. If you are at all worried about your dog acting out against another dog, you can enroll your dog in classes, or hire a dog trainer to work with your dog.