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How Hard Are Two Puppies?

We've had our current Hav puppy for 4-1/2 weeks (picked him up when he was 9 weeks old). He's doing really well with potty training and is fitting into the family nicely. We may have the opportunity to get his littermate/brother, who is going back to the breeder after a month in another home. This is because of health issues within the family that initially bought him and not because of anything having to do with the puppy himself. I have no doubt that in the long run, having two Havs will make things easier. In the short run, though, how difficult are two puppies together? Would we be making a big mistake by adding another puppy into the mix? Are they more likely to pick up each other's bad habits without picking up the good, or does it work both ways? Our current pup is my first dog (hubby has had dogs in the past, but not recently), so I'm not an experienced dog owner. The kids of course are lobbying hard for the 2nd pup. Any thoughts/advice?
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Hi Sunnygirl, my personal opinion is to spend about 6-9 months with the first one. Get the housebreaking and basic training down and have a chance to bond.
If you have two puppies at the same time they tend to bond with each other, not you and you have to separate them to train them.
A bonus to waiting is the ease of house breaking the second one when it has the older one showing him what to do.
I don't notice my dogs picking up each others bad habits, they have totally different personalities and their own set of good and bad habits.
Hope this helps. Nancy
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I think one of the main things are trying to potty train/train 2 pups at once is extremly difficult. And if you are not home much they can attach a closer bond with each other & possibly create a 'pack' within themselves and not with you. I was thinking of getting 2 pups at the same time & thats what a few breeders told me.
I am sure there are plenty of experienced people/breeders here that can answer better.

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I will be getting 'Mango #2' in about 4 weeks. At that time Beamer will be 5 months old and Mango 10 wks. Would this be ideal?
anyone? I dont think i have to worry about beamer not attaching him self to us... he is like glue.. lol
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Austin and Ollie are 6 months apart...luv each other so much! Even share a kennel...I was told by a well known breeder on the forum that it is more ideal to get pups from 2 diff litters so they won't create a pack - as was mentioned earlier...

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I think it might just depend on the personallityof the pups too, You have had yours with you for 4 1/2 weeks, so I would assume that the pup is pretty bonded to you already. I love the idea of littermates together, although it is a potty training nighmare, although the breeder & previous owners might have the pup well on its way already. Logans littermate is with my best friend in town and I love it when they get to spend time together. All three of mine are also related (same Dad, two also have same Mom) all from different litters, but I like the idea that they are all related & "family"
I believe it should all depend on if YOU are ready for a second, as I am sure the pup would be fine & is most likely already in love with you!!
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Kodi and Shelby are 11 mos apart and they are best friends. They are a little jealous at times, but it is so much fun to watch them wrestle and play tug of war. It will probably be easier with your two, because they are closer in age.


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Brutus and Roxie are 10 weeks apart. There are definately challenging issues. We work with them separately for training. Hubby takes one and I take the other and then we switch. On the positive side, the house is already set up for a puppy so I do not have to go back to gates, crates, etc after getting away from them.

They get along great and are not crazy after i have been gone for awhile. However when I am home, they follow me everywhere that I let them.
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I personally don't think that housebreaking two puppies is any harder than just one, but the bonding thing IS a serious thing. I have three puppies right now (different breed) that are 4 and half months old, that I imported from Sweden at 8 weeks. I knew what i was getting into when I decided to do it, but it is a huge job!!!

I wouldn't say don't do it- but if you do it, it is a big job if you plan to do it right. You HAVE to make time to spend quality time with each pup separately and need to not allow them to get so bonded that they are more important to each other than you are. THey also need training separate AND together too. It is a big job, but well worth it really.

Waiting a little while is probably better, but even then you still need to work on the two dog thing. Potty training actually might be easier if you don't wait- so that you don't have to keep doing it forever.

( Just a note incase you are wondering- I don't plan to keep all 3 pups, they are a cropped breed and I want the ears perfect before any leave, and I want to find the right co-owner for the one)
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Brutus and Roxie are 10 weeks apart. There are definately challenging issues. We work with them separately for training. Hubby takes one and I take the other and then we switch. On the positive side, the house is already set up for a puppy so I do not have to go back to gates, crates, etc after getting away from them.

They get along great and are not crazy after i have been gone for awhile. However when I am home, they follow me everywhere that I let them.
My experience was similar to Cheryl's. My first two Havs were only two weeks apart, but I got the second one two months after the first. It was challenging, but since the second one was older, she didn't need as much training, yet the two of them regressed at the same time (which was also when it started raining for winter).

Two dogs definitely need their individual attention, but the companionship of each other is good for them too.


Chris, what breed are the three? That sounds like a lot of extra, but fun, work.
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