Hi, I'm new to the group and was wanting some feedback on our 2 new puppies. We had a Lab for 16 years and she passed away in March. We always wished we had a second one for our Bailey to play with but never did get another. After much consideration, we decided to add to our family and get another Lab. Well we decided to get 2. We got them from 2 separate breeders. They are 6 days apart. One male (Duke) and a female (Daisey). I love them both dearly already. However, I am needed some advice on how to train them both at once. Daisey is doing much better than Duke. We have them in the same kennel at night and Duke is constantly pooping in it even thought we take him out every 2 hours. I'm thinking maybe I should try putting him in a separate Kennel but they are so attached to each other and love snuggling together. Any feedback or advice would be greatly appreciated.
it is recommend that each dog has their own crate and that one not crate them
take them seperately foe one on one training in a seperate room and get them into seperate obedoence classes.
avoid treating them like a pair, a duo that is one unit. each needs daily one on one time with yoi for bonding and training.
two puppies at once is not twoce the work but 10x the work. everything you would do with on puppy, you need to do twice.
make sure to socialise them seperately? meaning take them for seperate outing to meet new dogs and new people. have them seperated as much as possible.
is he pooping outside? do you feed on a shedule,
if so the poops should ne on a shedule and you need to make sure he goes outside.
praise and reward outdoor poops.
Hi, first would like to send my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your Bailey. What a lovely long life she had.
And congrats on the new crew, Duke and Daisey.
Dryfo gave some good info. You really need to crate Duke and Daisey separately. Plus with this move to his own crate, Duke may not poop in it as it's his, and his alone.
Keeping to a schedule with young pups is so important, IMHO. My 13 wk old is already house trained. Goes right to the door and whines now. Loves his crate, feels so secure in it. Sleeping through the night. He's been such a pleasure.
And with Duke with going potty outside, definitely do major 'happy dance' and celebrations! My pup loved it. Neighbors thought we were strange, but heck with the neighbors. My pup is now housebroken!
He does poop outside and we have them on a schedule but he still is going in the house. We take him out and he wont go. Bring him in and he goes. Also I feel like they are bonding more with each other more than us. We do take them out separately and the family spends time bonding with each separately but I am noticing them being a little withdrawn from us. I'll try sleeping them separately from each other tonight and taking them outside separately. I just need to get my little male(Duke) to potty outside! He is rubbing off on Daisey. She seems more mature then him. Do females mature faster?
Thanks for the advice. I am going to put them separately tonight. What do you think about during the day. There are times that I HAVE to leave them alone. Usually not longer than a couple of hours.
Good observation regarding the pups bonding better between themselves than with you and yours. Does happen but can be rectified. That's why the individual crates and the individual training. Pups need to bond to you and yours first, than bond with the other pup.
Females are much better than males IMHO. Males can be lazy, where females are more independent and also mothering instincts are hardwired to keep their area clean. My pup did the same thing with pee. He would go out, no pee, come in and then want to squat. Reason being, he was playing too much. So when pup did not pee right away after being let out, he was carried back to his crate, whined, went out, and if no pee, back in. Soon realized needed to do his business first before play time. Plus the later outing (10:30 - 11 pm) he goes out pees and then right in, no playing as he knows it's sleepy time for adults.
During the day, if they are good together, I'd let them be together. But once you split them up during the night, start to train separately (even feed in different areas of the home) then they will realize who then need to rely on. They don't have to rely just on one another.
Thanks for the info. I am going to pick up Duke his own crate and separate them tonight and see what happens. And I will continue to be consistent with the potty training and hope for better results.
crate train. each dog should have theor own crate. make sure to make it a good happy place before sticking them in there.
if he has not poopef and you think he should need to go do not let him out of your site. crate or tether jim to you and try again in 5 minutes
yes put them outside seperately so they dont forget to fo their business.
its your job to have them bond with you, and yes that is the biggest issue with two puppies that are treated like a package, a unit - they bond to each other not to yoi and dont do not form independant personalities and are unable to functiom wothout the other. this may sound cute but is very detrimental to their developement and mental health.
honesstly if you dont feel you can do it i would recommend rehoming one now while they are stil young
I understand what you are saying however I know we can do it. Both myself, my husband,and my 2 teenagers are committed to training and caring for them both. Whatever it takes! We love them both so much already and don't want to re home either one of them. I think we just need to separate them more while they are outside and at night. We go out of our way to treat them as individuals and are enjoying seeing the different personalities come out Thank you for your input