I have two dogs with very different personalities. Is it healthy to separate them at times?
Dogs form strong, lifelong companionship especially if they get along and are being raised in the same household. Many dogs that live together form a bond that often results in constant interaction and it may seem that they are “attached at the hip.” Alternatively, spending too much time together can cause stress, irritation and sometimes aggression, similar to human siblings! Every dog has a different personality so this situation can be different case by case, but in most circumstances, it is healthy to have some time apart from each other. Take one dog for a walk while the other can be kept busy with a long-lasting chew toy. You can also separate them for a period of time in different rooms especially if one dog has a higher energy level than the other. This gives the lower energy dog some alone. Doing this every week encourages a healthy companionship between your dogs. For dogs with more submissive personalities, this is especially important because they need time alone to lessen their co-dependent behavior. Balance is key even for our furry friends!