Thursday, February 19, 2009

Getting two puppies at the same time?


Here is why:

#1. It is hard enough to raise one puppy and give it the socialization that it needs, much less two. Pups end up only getting 1/2 of the amount of time they need to be properly socialized.

#2. Dogs are pack animals. This is much stronger drive than the average pet owner understands.

#3. Dogs will bond with each other and not their owners. Making it much harder to train them. they never fully develop the human bond that they would if raised alone.

#4. There will be more behavioral issues and it will be harder to correct.


If you want two dogs then you should get one dog and when that dog is fully trained and you are comfortable with the dog (for example it doesn't potty in the house any more) then get a second dog. If you have a puppy you should wait until the puppy is 2 years old before getting another puppy. You can get an adult dog when the puppy is 1 plus years old and shouldn't have any problems.

1 comment:

Rebecca Grace said...

Okay, I know this is an old post, but I hope you still see this comment.

We recently purchased two Rottweiler puppies from a breeder, they are littermates. I had wanted two dogs for awhile because other people who had two, their dogs seemed "happier" somehow -- maybe there was an anthropomorphic element too, that I was thinking of the dogs like people who get lonely and could keep each other company. So, here we are -- the pups just turned 11 weeks old today, we've had them for a week and a half, and I'm already concerned that they are so into each other and seem totally oblivious to the humans in our family unless we have the food or treats. Today I found a TON of articles and advice on the internet warning not to get two puppies from the same litter -- I would really appreciate your perspective as a rescuer because I'm sure you've seen what happens when these situations go south. The breeder has a clause in her contract that she will take the dog or dogs back if we cannot keep them, so it's not like I'd put one in a shelter -- but should I even consider giving one pup back to the breeder like a do-over? They are only 11 weeks old and she would have no problem placing them with someone else. I'm just worried especially with rotties that if they are not bonded with our family and have a pack mentality between the two of them, that we may be in for a disaster down the road. What do you think? Oh, and I do have two children, 7 and 10, who are delighted about the dogs but their safety has to be paramount.