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I was wondering what insight you guys have on getting two puppies at the exact same time? Is it do-able? What are the pros/cons?

Just for clarity, I do not mean getting a second with a first at home already, I really mean getting two puppies at once...

Thanks in advance!!! I appreciate the wealth of info I have gotten from this site.
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We have two brothers from the same litter and just love them.

We crate them separately, feed them separately, walk them speparately and play with them as individules as much as possiable.

They are are joy, and even though its a lot harder for us i would not change anything.
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Do you feel like they're bonded more with each other than you?
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I've had two puppies from the same litter twice and both times it was a joy for me and a gift for them to spend their whole lives together. I would have no problem doing it again. I know some people worry about the dogs bonding more to each other than to you, but I had no such issue either time. Yes, they did love each other and feel safe with each other but they adored me.

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I had gotten 2 at the same time from the same breeder?Tashi was i thinks 5 1/2 months old Moxie?maybe at 2 months cant remb?(she was just eating on her own?one word-Lots of pee pads?LoL?I did not crate mine or keep them separate in any way except at bath time,i can only bath one at a time? Joke?they also ate(eat side by side)together?I find that they will or seem to learn of off each other?example-i was teaching Tashi to sit and shake paw,and Moxie whom i thought was to young was copying?Monkey see Monkey do?lol?they seem to go potty at around the same time.So a routine is good.they also sleep in bed with i and my hub.it is do-able if your ready & know what your getting into.
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oh i do have 4 hav.fur kids now and as far a i see they have all bonded to me,but they also like each other and always have someone to play with besides i and my hub?and they have also bonded with my hub? it is funny,if i go to a different room in my house,like go for a shower, when i come back they are so excited to see me,they also follow me around + when i sit on the couch i never have a chance to sit alone?Lots of love& snuggles shared all around....
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All I can say is double the trouble double the fun! When I was first looking for a puppy I found a mixed breed and we fell for two couldn't decide what one. Bob and I said maybe we should get both. The breeder was the one who put a stop to that said she never sells two. Said there is a much grater chance that things will be to hard and puppy's might end up at the pound. I think it takes a full time person for two pups to be handled properly. If you are a good trainer and have lots of time I say go for it!.

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Our two boys from the same litter have been a joy.

They are crated separately, and we try and spend time with each one as individuals as much as we can. They do play with each other during the day but come evening time, they want to sit on the couch with us and let us hold them.
Every time we come home they are over the moon to see us and each one wants to be picked upped and loved on.There is a strong bond that they have with us.

House truing has been harder, but we knew that up front. One dog has learnt to ring the bell about 90% of the time when he need to go outside. The other dog is slowly catching on.

Would I get two from the same litter again and the same time? Yes, yes and yes. If you know what you are getting into from the start and your life will be filled with double the joy.
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Glad to see this post. I am getting two littermates at the end of March. Yes I was duly warned against this by some people who know much more about Havs than I do, but I feel strongly about it so I'm going for it! And my breeder thinks it will be good, so that is helpful also. I think it will be challenging, but in the end for my specific situation I think it will be best for the dogs. Thanks everyone for your insight.
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I think the key is to try and keep them separated as much as you can.

My biggest thinking was to have them in separate crates. When we brought them home at 8 weeks of age, we crated them together for the first two weeks. They never cried once and seemed just fine the two of them. After the two weeks we separated them and gave each one their own crate. I placed a divider between the crates so they could not see each other. This was done to teach them that they are fine on their own. It's been heaven since then. They understand that they each have their own crate and going into the crate has never been an issue. We always put the dogs into the same crate each night just to keep everything consistent.

We will often take one dog for a walk or a trip in the car and leave the other one at home. I believe this has been healthy for the dogs as it has taught them that I am in charge and they look forward to spend alone time with us. When we do leave one dog at home alone there is never an issue and he gladly goes into his crate. On arrival back at the house he is very excited to see us and we make sure we love on him.

In the evenings both dogs sit with us on the couch. I just make sure they don't sit next to each other. One sits next to me on one end and the other will sit with my kids or wife on the other end. Everything we do with them we try and split them apart. Even when we do take both dogs in the car, one sits up front and one sits in the back.

Both dogs are also feed from separate food dishes.

There are times like right now that they play together. As I am typing this they are on the back deck chasing each other. Thats the nice part about two dogs, they do entertain each other.

So overall, we love our dogs and I would not change it.
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