Hi! My name Jessica and I am the new mother of two eight week old puppies! They were the last two of the litter and I couldn't leave one behind! I couldn't be happier but I have read some really bad things about having two puppies from the same litter. Has anyone heard of this? Does anyone have any advice?
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seperate them as much as much as possible. Seperate crates, seperate walks, seperate training, etc. Make a point of taking one on a special outing with the other so they are used to one leaving. The biggest problem with two litter mates is the possibility they bond to each other first, and the humans second and are unable to be seperated. They need to be raised in a way that each is confident and comfortable being away from the other.
The reason it is NOT recommended is that it is a TON of work - and having a single puppy is alot of work alone, but having two really is twice the work. It is a very big commitment.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
just wanted to add- there are lots of posts on littermates. see this list of relevant threads:
Just in case the above does not work:
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Charlie (foster) and Rocky
I would have never sent home two puppies with you. No offense. But it's really hard to raise two at the same time. Tanya gave you some great advice. Be prepared to have some major sleepless nights.
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Generally a good breeder will not allow a puppy buyer to take two home at once.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Thank you for all the advice! I am ready for the work, I worry more about them. I just want them to be good and happy puppies.
They are both doing well. Eating well and potty training is going well. I do feed them in sperate rooms and I let one out of the crate for an hour alone everyday (obviosly out longer then an hour all day but alone only an hour each alone) they do go outside together and sleep together.
I have noticed during the day they choose to sleep in separate areas.
I appreciate the help!
In addition to the great advice, if they don't have seperate crates, get them!
our family used to have two pups from the same litter. they were sisters both brought home around 8weeks old. at about 1.5 years they had issues. they would fight each other over everything. we did our best to keep them separated then, but it was lots of work. they ended up attacking one another, had to be taken to the vet both needed stitches and one lost a good section of its ear. after that my moms coworker took one and both live relatively normal lives. although the one my mom kept has had issues with other dogs since. she will not play with any dogs, and generally growls, bares teeth, and even nipped at a few. it's unfortunate now because when i go to my parents i have to leave my puppy home or they have to kennel their dog.
so be careful!
Good luck! I can say 1 puppy is all I could handle.
What Tanya said.
A fellow at the DP has two brothers. They are about a year old now and the bonding between them is so obvious. They play with each other, not with any other dog. The gentleman says they could care less if he or his wife even existed, other than at feed time.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.