I am new here and excited to be here!!!!!
Long story short... We went to pick up our Yellow boy that we have been waiting for for such a long time and brought home his sister as well. I have had 2 littermates in the past ( sisters) but reading all the postings on the internet in the last few days I am shocked to see all the negative postings. I am not new to raising wonderful family dogs and I am a little shocked at this. I was wondering if any one has had positive experiences with littermates?
congrats to your new additions! None of mine are littermates at this time so I can't give you any feedback, positive or negative. I think as long as you train them and give them lots of love you won't have any problems! When do we get to see pictures of these lovies?
Oh yeah, and welcome!
Sure it's possible, it's just a ton more work:
cardinal rule with littermates is that you MUST get them out and socialise and train them seperately. The biggest issues we had with littermates at the obed. school i worked at was over-attachment together and not with the people in their lives. The dogs will need to learn to exist on their own (if one has to be at the vet, etc), so start them young, setting aside regular sessions with each puppy to be on their own and with you.
+1. I agree completely. Some people might just frown upon it because it is obviously a lot of work to train a puppy, let alone two of them, but if you have the proper time and the ability to do so, then you should be fine.Originally Posted by kaytris
my worry would be them bonding with each other more than me or other humans in the family. Especially if they are home alone together all day if you are working. That would be my only reservation... plus twice as much of EVERYTHING at the same time. Phew!! it'd be like having twins right?
No reputable breeder would have sent home littermates with anyone. It's just not ideal. But I echo everything that Kaytris said. Seperate crates, seperate training sessions, everything, otherwise you are going to have two very bonded dogs that just tolerate your existence because you feed them.
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I agree. It is possible to properly raise two puppies at the same time (if you're up for a ton of work x2), but I'd be surprised if you're dealing with a responsible breeder if they'll send you home with two.Originally Posted by Dani
Just a little footnote for future readers.
They did not come from a Breeder. I am not a breeder. I am a Wife, Mother and Sales agent for a trucking company. I understand that a "reputable breeder would not send home littermates" but that was not the reason for this post. Thank you to all your advice though.
You are not a breeder? Did you breed these puppies?Originally Posted by 2labsmommy
No I did not breed them. I bought them from a neighbour. she is not a "Breeder".