The two puppies will enjoy playing together and it can be quite amusing to watch – it is also a great way for them to exercise that doesn’t place any additional burden on you. How to raise two puppies successfully -- from different litters OR the same litter. This will give time for the first puppy to adjust to his new home. If your puppy would rather play fight with his buddy than listen to you, you need to take action NOW! Read this article. She is the same age too. 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. I have threatened 2 take them back on a daily basis but I think I wld feel worse if I did that. Unfortunately, this is not a guaranteed solution to this problem. We’re enjoying raising two females from the same litter, but it’s a ton of work. While some say they got both puppies or littermates at the same time because they could not decide (more on that in a minute), many say they wanted both so the dogs could keep each other company while they are at work. They get neutered next week. Our boys are very well mannered buy occasionally both want the same toy. 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. I would recommend adopting one puppy at a time, even if it’s a few months apart. 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. I adopted two male 6 month old maltese-poodle puppies from the same litter about two months ago. Raising sibling puppies successfully can be a challenge because puppies from the same litter may develop a cluster of behavioral issues known as littermate syndrome. 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. Same litter. Hello, I think my family made a mistake. Top three rules of owning two puppies . Now, if you have two puppies, the first one has woken the second, so you have to take them both out. Plus my pros & cons of raising littermate puppies! I've heard they tend to bond with each other more and the humans less. Raising two puppies from different litters is not much is different from raising from the same litter. Take extra care in case you are raising sibling puppies of the same age and gender. The email described a familiar scenario: “We were planning to adopt one puppy, but the breeder said that raising two sisters would be easier. Supposedly they tend to bond closely with eachother, when you want each one to bond with you, or so I've been told. 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. If you have sibling pups that have been misbehaving (or you’re considering training two puppies from the same litter together), read on to learn everything you need to know about littermate syndrome in dogs. Puppies are so adorable that it can be tempting to bring home two instead of one! we have 2 eight week old male puppies. Follow the tips above. Aug 29, 2020 - Need help with Littermate Syndrome? Raising Two Puppies From Different Litters. Markey July 3, 2019 at 1:09 pm. Two puppies of similar ages can become just as co-dependant as two from the same litter. they are bonding well with us and with each other. My experience adopting 2 puppies from the same litter was nothing but positive, and I would definitely encourage others to do the same. We had sled dogs, Alaskan Malamutes. But now they are vying for dominance and the fights are not so playful anymore. A month ago I adopted a male Akita/Lab mix pup from a rescue, he is now about 4.5 months old. Separation is still going to be the key. Question on Raising Two Dogs: I received two male puppies from the same litter at 16 weeks. Solo Socialization. This leads to significant problems later on, as the pups reach maturity. vicky massey says. Go solo! I've had many professional trainers say this is a bad idea but I'd like to know the reasons why. Get them out and playing with sensible, well-socialized adults dogs and other pups. With 2 puppies going in different directions, it’s hard to know what they’re up to and all of our dogs alert differently when they need to go to the bathroom,” Gauthier explains. 3 Posts . Discussion Starter • #1 • Apr 2, 2010. wondering what your advise would be on raising two puppies at the same time or should you raise one at a time ie waiti until one pup is six months before you purchase another pup. They are ~3/4 Lab and 1/4 Chow. My oldest sibling recently got a puppy so he can take her with him to school and feel less lonely. Hi, i ve read about having 2 puppies at the same time is a bad idea. Now we have 2 9-month-old boys from the same litter. 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. Help! They are so much fun and it’s been a joy to have two GSD babies. “We had to (1) train them to go outside and (2) train ourselves on their alerts. Reputable breeders often raise promising show or working puppies in the homes of friends or family to allow the youngsters to blossom in environments free of bossier siblings. Raising two puppies at once. They are now at 21 weeks. Take this one-on-one time now, it’ll build your bond and pay dividends for years to come. It is absolutely possible to raise two puppies and have healthy and happy dogs if you do it correctly. I have 5 acres mostly surrounded by brush. Two puppies from the same litter. It is important to know that even though they get along as puppies, when they enter adolescence it is highly likely for even the best of friends to have fights. And I'd like to know some things I could do to avoid problems if this does happen. As cute as they may be, two puppies are not necessarily better than one, and adopting multiple puppies from the same litter has been linked to long term behavioural issues. We are a family of 4 and everyone is involved. The Litter-mate Syndrome. My husband and I are currently raising 2 male rotties (littermates). hi everyone, just after other doggy owners experience with rearing 2 puppies from the same litter or the same age. Read the 3-3-rule about bringing home a rescue dog. Having two puppies from the same litter means that they will already be used to each other and they are much more likely to get along than two puppies from separate 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. Got two puppies from the same litter? I have been planning to adopt a second puppy all along, but was going to wait until he was around a year old to do so. Hi all New here, with a deposit placed on 2 pups who'll be 8 weeks at the end of April. Here’s what you should know if you’re thinking of adopting, and what you can do if you’ve already adopted siblings to help minimize issues associated with littermate syndrome. My situation was 1 week ago we bought a female pug puppy, 2 months old. You might hope to avoid littermate syndrome by raising two puppies from different litters. Raising 2 puppies from different litters at the same time? [Help] raising two puppies from the same litter. 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. Separation anxiety. What You MUST Do Before You Get Two. Having 4 adult kids & 3 other dogs that hv passed I know 1st 6 months is hardest just like a new job u hate after 1 month. Not litter mates and 7 years apart in age. My experience with litter mates has been really good, but there is a reason for that. One under each arm. My mother went with my brother to get said puppy and fell in love with one of the puppies siblings and adopted him. My husband and I could not get their attention for more than a second or two—it was as if we weren’t even in the same room. If that is your goal, get different ages – a puppy and an older dog – or put the puppy in dog day care for playmates. It takes an army to raise these pups right. Trying to have both in the same class defeats the purpose and will make it more of a challenge for you. ” And of course, two puppies is twice as expensive. Raising a single puppy is the kind of project that has people muttering “Never again” under their breaths. Nor does it avoid the other more practical pitfalls of buying two puppies at once. by GSDfan on 07 March 2007 - 12:03 I've been told not to raise two at a time. Puppies from the same litter, especially those of the same sex, may have dominance issues. That is exactly the problem. Reply. 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' . 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. Also, they are muttering it at two a.m. We’ll see how that works. After we brought the girls home at nine weeks, their behavior became increasingly out of control. Because of the hard work it takes to raise two puppies and the high incidence of behavior problems when puppies are brought up together, please consider the following before bringing home more than one. Dont make any changes until at least 6 months u may hopefully be glad u waited. So in that week with the first pug she has learned where to poop and pee and where to sleep. The problem of sibling puppies fighting is a serious one and it goes beyond simple squabbles among two puppies. Up until now, it was mostly rough playing. September 2, 2014 at 10:34 am. They are now 7 months old and still get along great. One is the great protector (code for “the barker”) and one is the loving lap pup. Dogs do not have to actually be from the same litter to see each other as siblings. Then today we decided to buy her a compainion pug puppy from a different mommy and daddy. They are now 4-1/2 months old and doing great. 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. I’ve not had any previous experience with rotties but my husband had. In the past, before these guys, we had 2 female Aussies. 2 rotties 1 home by: Heather . See the Littermate Syndrome dog training tips that worked for me. All of the above issues r real. What problems may arise if you raise two puppies from the same litter in the same household? Your may be surprised to know that they need MORE individual socialisation, not less! 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