We are looking at getting two lab pups, I have had a lab before so realise the training etc involved but just wondered if anyone had any advise they could share regarding training... my partner and I will be taking them to obedience, same class (one each) and just wondered if anyone has experienced this, and how you got on?
We have just bought a new house and don't move into next month so a looking a getting the new addtions in January.
My partner's family has the brother of our little girl. I don't think that counts, really. lol But, we are over there a lot of social calls and training and such. 2 puppies at the same time is difficult... but, with patience and consistency, it works.
Well - not sure why you want 2 puppies at the same time except that you want them but:
1. No responsible breeder will sell you littermates - back yard breeders will happily do so
2. You can expect the puppies to bond much more firmly with each other than with the humans in the household - very difficult to avoid this happening unless you are very, very experienced and have a ton of time daily to work with them separately (like you don't work)
3. You will have 2 senior dogs at the same time- probably more medical expense with 2 senior dogs, probably lose both dogs close to each other.....
It's not something I would ever recommend to anyone - so I don't have any training advice except to get one puppy, raise him or her well and when she is 3 add another.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
don't do it. Of all the littermates I've seen raised together, all but one pair ended up with varying degrees of the same behavioural issue:
One was overconfident and overly protective of its sibling, not allowing sibling to interact with people or other dogs
The other was withdrawn/timid/nervous/fearful and unable to cope in social situations without its sibling there to draw on for support.
Both of them protested mightily when seperated, and had difficulty coping on their own.
Those who raise littermates must also consider that housebreaking them both takes WAY more time (siblings don't necessarily have the same bladder control or stick to the same schedule), and count on setting aside daily chunks of time x2 to get them both out individually to socialise and train on their own, without their sibling.
We got Hoppy from a family who returned their two litter mates. Our breeder does not usually sell litter mates, but she talked to this family and believed their would socialize them correctly and do all the other things they needed to do to properly raise litter mates.
Well, they didn't. And they ended up returning them to her. She said absolutely they would go to separate homes this time. From what I've seen how it affected Hoppy, I wouldn't recommend it.
Not sure if this helps.
I minded a 2 year old border collie with 7 year old no stop boy Ernie for 3 months. I thought great. It was a challenge. They often don't play together as we want. One will chew cushions in one room, while the other is shredding wall paper in another room. Both Labs and Border Collies need a lot of work, to keep them from being bored and puppies need more. Kassa was full on when she was a pup and took time to settle. Ernie her litter mate is still a nut.
I would wait until one was older and see how things work out then get the second.
Please don't do it. Mine are not from the same litter but we got them fairly close in age from two different breeders. If I only knew then what I know now, I would have not done it. I love my two babies don't get me wrong, but I do regret raising two together. Its not a good idea trust me.
I came back to say.Sorry we are all saying don't do it. At the end of the day it is your decision.
All the people who have given you advise have given me good advice over the years and each one knows Labs more than most.
If you are at all concerned, then maybe there is something that isn't quite right in your gut feeling. Going with your gut feeling is one thing many of us learned.
What ever you do I am sure you will do your best and hope we get to see them growing up.
Hmm thanks for all of your advise.. yep I did have an element of doubt and that's why I'm here to find out from those that have been there done that. From what you have said it doesn't sound like a great idea.Perhaps it would be better to wait until the first dog is 2 or 3yrs before considering another...
oops I forgot to say thanks very much for you advise,it really is appreciated.