When I first started training dogs 25 years ago, lifestyles were different. Why we don't recommend raising two puppies from the same litter together. As you've already read, the general advice is that it's not a great idea to get two puppies from the same litter. … Raising Two Puppies From Different Litters. Raising two puppies from different litters is a challenge, but not quite as huge of an undertaking as raising two puppies from the same litter. And of course, two puppies is twice as expensive. Take extra care in case you are raising sibling puppies of the same age and gender. I don’t usually recommend raising two puppies together. Members; 1,305 posts; Joined Oct 2004 #1; Posted November 11, 2010. hi everyone, just after other doggy owners experience with rearing 2 puppies from the same litter or the same age. … They are now at 21 weeks. swfcgal swfcgal Gob-on-legs! When two puppies of the same age are adopted, this can lead to several issues which occur as a result of the excess bonding and developmental deficits that takes place inevitably if no steps are taken. Many years of raising shelter/rescue puppies and foster puppies has indeed made the job of raising puppies a lot easier. More time was spent in the home. We have two flatcoated retriever brothers from the same litter, 2 1/2 yrs old. Top three rules of owning two puppies . There are various things they warn you about when having litter mates, and to be honest - we have seen very little of it with our boys. People who show and compete may want littermates for different reasons than non-sport/non-competition homes. Thank you for your positive stories/comments on raising litter mates. Discussion Starter • #1 • Apr 2, 2010. But in most cases 2 dogs from the same litter tend to go along well. With two puppies from the same litter you are dealing with a pair who are already bonded to each other, and it takes a great deal of effort on your part to become part of their group. Right? Hello, I think my family made a mistake. Close • Posted by 1 hour ago [Help] raising two puppies from the same litter. Inevitably they spend far more time together than they do individually with you, with a likely result that they become very tightly bonded to each other and you are only secondary in their lives. When you raise two puppies together they usually do grow up to be inseparable best friends, often to the detriment of the dog-human relationship. This will help the puppy bond with their new human instead of bonding with the sibling. Raising two dogs at the same time can also result in many behavioural problems; naughty and mischievous as puppies, leading to more serious behavioural problems as adult Cocker Spaniels. Tip #1 - Select one puppy of each sex if … I don’t suggest adopting 2 dogs from different litters because they might not be compatible with one another. On the surface, adopting two puppies from the same litter may seem like a no-brainer. Go solo! Got two puppies from the same litter? I really wished I had researched this before I made that decision because now I am reading so much information on why it's a bad idea. By swfcgal November 11, 2010 in Sheffield Pet Owners. Because they are from the same litter, the two puppies will automatically get along and it will make them easier to keep and train. For about the last two months I kept them in a 10’ by 20’ wire mesh kennel with their separate 2 1/2’ by 4’ dog houses. The problem of sibling puppies fighting is a serious one and it goes beyond simple squabbles among two puppies. You CAN adopt two littermates and bring home two puppies from the same litter at the same time. Two puppies of similar ages can become just as co-dependant as two from the same litter. ... And I surely didn’t think that raising two puppies from the same litter was going to be that big of a deal since we had always had two dogs. Having one unsociaized dog may also create behavioral issues such as fear of dogs and fear of other people. Raising two pups at the same time is not only hard work, but it makes it harder for you to bond with each individual pup. The reason they are muttering it at two a.m. is that the puppy woke up at 1:55 a.m. needing a toilet break. Would I get two from the same litter again – I doubt it, would I part with these two – never. Let’s talk about the pros and cons of keeping two puppies from the same litter. My oldest sibling recently got a puppy so he can take her with him to school and feel less lonely. The title of this post is a bit strong, but I do want to caution people from adopting two dogs from the same litter because “it’s easier” to raise two at once (ask someone with twins if it’s easier than having one child) or “we don’t want our dog to be lonely.” (Because you might be if the dogs are so enchanted with each other that they ignore you). Your may be surprised to know that they need MORE individual socialisation, not less! Raising two puppies from different litters is a challenge, but not quite as huge of an undertaking as raising two puppies from the same litter. ... Raising a single puppy is the kind of project that has people muttering “Never again” under their breaths. Also, they are muttering it at two a.m. More time was available to raise a pup. 3 Posts . Read this article. Then, sit down with your family and decide if you really want twice the work, twice the clean-up, twice the training, and twice the money spent. My husband in I work all day and have them in a huge kennel, in the family room. Adopting Two Puppies from the Same Litter. The first-year start-up costs of puppies — vaccinations, spaying or neutering, ... Puppies from the same litter, especially those of the same sex, may have dominance issues. People often run into trouble when the dogs have to be separated i.e. It is believed that siblings should be separated by 7-9 weeks of age. Careful attention is required with all aspects of dog training, when owning two dogs from the same litter. We have registered for Puppy Manners class (training) and the trainer is head strong on separating them on everything. You might hope to avoid littermate syndrome by raising two puppies from different litters. What You MUST Do Before You Get Two. The Litter-mate Syndrome. Thew two puppies don’t actually have to be from the same litter to develop “littermate” syndrome. Unfortunately, this is not a guaranteed solution to this problem. We have two beautiful four months old puppies, Max & Sophie (Lab, Australian Shepherd, Golden Retriever). Maybe getting two puppies at once sounds reasonable, but many dog trainers, breeders, and shelters say that it’s much better for everyone involved if you add just one puppy … Help! Then read it again. I can … While the idea of raising two cuddly puppies together may make you feel warm and cuddly, the reality is, raising two dogs together is more than twice as challenging than raising one. Advice neede raising 2 puppies from same litter. If your puppy would rather play fight with his buddy than listen to you, you need to take action NOW! Raising Siblings (Littermates) or Raising 2 Puppies at the Same Time by Leah Spitzer. Dog training with two from the same litter can be difficult. Many people might think it's a good idea to buy two puppies from the same litter, thinking they'll just keep each other company the two siblings; Well what often develops is "littermate syndrome". To say that I was absolutely scared, panic, and all-around freaked out is the understatement of the year. Recommended Posts. Question on Raising Two Dogs: I received two male puppies from the same litter at 16 weeks. I have 5 acres mostly surrounded by brush. [Help] raising two puppies from the same litter. Most rescues and even breeders will not allow sibling adoptions. You may have landed on my site in tears because they have made you feel so horrible about even contemplating such a canine crime! Though it is debated whether the condition of sibling puppies fighting and displaying aggression is a ‘syndrome’, many pet-parents report problems amongst puppies from the same litter. Having two dogs however, will eliminate these 2 problems. They were the last two of the litter and I felt bad about separating them and thought maybe I could raise them together so they could keep eachother company. Often the pups bond to each other more than they do to you. we have 2 eight week old male puppies. This leads to significant problems later on, as the pups reach maturity. One thing hasn’t changed though - our desire for the loyal dog, for the unconditional love, for the trust, for the companionship. I also have two Rottie pups from the same litter. The plan was to only have one, but when taken from the litter, he got sick (separation anxiety/stress) so his brother had to come along and belongs to my friend; we agreed that they would never be separated so they have dual residency. I adopted two male 6 month old maltese-poodle puppies from the same litter about two months ago. Help! Hi all New here, with a deposit placed on 2 pups who'll be 8 weeks at the end of April. Two puppies from separate litters, however, will bond with you as well as each other. It is difficult to train and properly socialize two puppies at the same time. They are ~3/4 Lab and 1/4 Chow. Training two pups at once can also be tricky, as it is harder to do one on one work. Reply. I won’t deny that it is a lot of work, but I do enjoy puppies and I love training so there’s that. Two puppies from the same litter. Although on the face of it, this decision seems very logical and no more stressful than raising one puppy, it can though have a impact later on the dogs behaviour and training in obedience. With two puppies in the household, there's always a danger that the more dominant of the two may shape or restrict the development of the other puppy's 'personality' . Sadly, this is a common misconception among dog owners and the reality is that bringing home two puppies from the same litter may be more trouble than it is worth. Not all pairs of puppies will end up with littermate syndrome, but it is a fairly common occurrence that comes with a whole different set of challenges than raising one puppy alone. 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