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Like people, the dynamic between two dogs will be completely dependent on both dogs' temperaments. You can have two dogs who literally want to kill each other, and each of those dogs can potentially share a bed, food, and play session with a different dog.

Predicting does get easier the better you understand each dog's dog sociability and temperament. When I had my 11 yo dog and got a new puppy, I would have bet my paycheck that senior would hate the puppy - because for almost a decade I knew that he was dog selective at best and in general was not social with dogs. I was correct. But they did develop a better relationship than I expected for the short time my senior was still alive. It literally took 6 months of extremely meticulous training and management before things were 'pretty good' between the two. Overall it was pretty easy to raise two of them because my senior did not require much of my time or energy, and his general 'aggression' naturally taught the puppy to keep his boundaries. Right now I have my grown up puppy who is 4 yo, and a new puppy. The dynamics are totally different and I manage a totally new set of challenges. Both are very social but it feels like 3x the amount of work because I need to actively work on teaching each dog boundaries separately, then together, and in different situations. Also both dogs are extremely energetic, and young.

It's also great that you know things about your dog, like the fact that she guards food. It sounds like you have no issues navigating that situation. My advice is to think about the lifestyle you want to lead with two dogs. What activities or routines do you 'need' to have two dogs succeed in? What would be a dealbreaker for you? As an example, some people may not mind having to crate one dog from the other when home alone. Others may see that as a dealbreaker and look for a dog that can be totally loose with their resident dog. It's also worth considering if your current dog has any behaviors that you find a bit bothersome, or areas she may need more training. Any existing behavior challenges can become greater when you add a second dog - routine change, splitting your time, and some degree of dogs learning from each other can cause those behavior changes to happen. So as a general tip people often say not to add a second dog until your first dog is pretty much how you want them to be.

Overall, it's an incredibly complex thing to go from one dog to two, and many things you will never know until you try it with a particular dog. I hope you are able to make a comfortable decision, and end up with two happy pooches!
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