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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-12-2012, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Questions for those with two

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When we are gone and I have Charlie and Lucy put away in their ex-pens, they are in separate ex-pens with separate food dishes and litter boxes. I'm wondering if I could reduce that to one ex-pen and one set of dishes and one litter box? The size of the ex-pen wouldn't change much, I'd just take out the middle walls so they wouldn't be separated. How do you with more than one Hav confine your dogs? Is it okay to feed from one dish? Will they settle down and give each other space throughout the day?
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Hi there,

I have two littermate boys, and I keep them in my laundry room during the day while I am at work. I have a pet gate installed in the doorway so they are not walled off from the rest of the house completely. And they have a radio in there, a pet bed, a potty patch, various toys that I change out every day, and water. I come home at lunch, and I have occasionally recorded them with my Webcam. What I see on the webcam is that after I say good bye to them and give them a few small special treats, they rough house a little bit, then usually settle in for a nap. Throughout the morning or afternoon they get up, mill around, play a bit either alone or with the other one.

To me they seem just fine. They don't act stressed or clingy when I come home. They are excited to see me, but they settle in to their regular routine quickly after that.

As far as feeding them, mine eat from one dish. I'm sure someone will tell us that is a horrible thing to do, but when I tried to separate them and have them eat from separate dishes they wouldn't do it. Mine don't fight when they eat, and I watch to see that they both eat roughly the same amount. You might have different results as yours have already been eating from separate dishes, but that was my experience.

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I'm really excited about this thread because I'm thisclose to getting a second Hav. Leyla is my first pet EVER and now that I realize the importance of consistency I want to start off right as soon as he (i have a girl so am taking people's advise and getting one of the opposite sex) joins our home.
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I think they would be fine in 1 ex pen. I've never 2 pups at the same time so I'm not sure, but it seems ok to me. I often find my 3 all on the same love seat! Maybe you could get 1 large liter box, 1 or 2 beds, 1 water bowl and 2 food bowls. That way they each have their own food bowl. My guys all drink out of the same water dish.





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Mine stay together in my room. I have two food bowls and one water bowl. They dont care what bowl. I think Zoey eats more Mine climb out of x pins but are 100% reliable with potty pads.

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All 3 of mine stay in one room..it's a dining room so it isn't huge and I have a gate that goes all along the walls of the room (chewing issues lol) so it makes it even smaller than the actual room...I do have separate beds for them if they choose to use them but usually when I leave they are all piled on top of each other in one lol....and only one water bowl ....I feed them in a different area and they all do have a bowl but all of them tend to eat out of the same one and move on to the next one till the food is gone.....
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I should add that when the 3rd one joined us I did keep her in a smaller gated area inside the larger room because I was afraid she would really get on their nerves with her constant playing and chewing but now she's over a year and has calmed down so they are all in one
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Our two are left in our breakfast room,they each have their own bean bag.They share their water dish,but as they are fed at 6.30 in the morning and again at 6.30 in the evening,they do not graze,so no need to worry about who is eating what,they have always stuck to their own dishes.

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Great feedback thank you. I had to laugh Jplathy, my two do that now in their separate ex pens. Its always amazed me that even with dogs the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
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