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aquire two puppies at the same time? yes or no? One of each?



We lost two of ours in the past 4 months and can't live without the companion. Are we nuts? We hear they tend to bond to each other? Both of us are in our early 60's. Our kids have brothers from the same litter and cannot get along.
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I would not do this. The potential problems ("littermate syndrome") are well-documented. Yes, the pups do tend to bond to each other rather than to the humans. You'd have to keep them separate a lot of the time, separate training, separate socialization, separate time with you, separate exercise, etc. It's a lot of work, and even then, the dogs may simply not get on when they reach maturity. If it were me and I wanted two dogs, I would start by getting one, then I would socialize and train it, and I'd get another one a year or two later, choosing a temperament that meshed well with the resident dog.


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You're nuts. Don't get two puppies at once. Get a puppy now and devote all your time and energy to training and doing things with him and then when he's a lovely, well behaved young dog of about 14-18 months, decide if you want another puppy or would like to adopt a slightly older dog. I think you may have forgotten how much work Golden puppies are and you will want to do a good job with the obedience foundation. I love having two dogs at once, but I would NEVER have two puppies at once. Raising a puppy is such an important job and you want to get it right...


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Nope!
Bad idea for most.

Why not see if a breeder has an older dog they are placing and or a shelter/rescue dog then get a puppy after the adult dog is settled.


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Twice as hard to train as you have to train completely separate from each other. You don't even want them in eyesight or even in hearing distance while training them. Litter mates are a bit harder, more time consuming and bond more with each other then the owners typically. Much better to get a puppy and at a year or so get the second.

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I have to agree with everyone else. We kept two puppies from one of our litters, once, and it was extremely difficult. We ended up placing one of the puppies at about 1 year.

I like 1 year between dogs.
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That's a very interesting subject for me. Do you think that this "littermate syndrome" are more valid for GRs? Any of you had other breeds from the same litter? I have my english cocker spaniels from the same litter and actually they are not bonded ( even competitive sometimes) to eachother much but triple bonded to me. Raising puppies , I cannot describe what I went through. We only gave away one. I kept all of them, 4 puppies. As a paranoid I could not trust any families ( do not forget that I 'm talking about Turkey), I could not give away any of them. It was a craaaaaaazy time. One of the puppy , the 6th one got stuck in the womb canal, our mum dog was rushed to operation also spayed at the same time, could not lactate. Only did for the first 2-3 days till we figured out that sth is wrong with Maia .I had to do all by myself. 5 puppies. No sleep for months.. I became almost 90 lbs. Dead woman walking. It was the time that my grandma had passed away. I was under very big depression and my whole life stopped. I remained from June till fall in Turkey. I believe I could not get over the loss of my grandma if I did not have these puppies. However, I do not know if I could redo it once more. I'll share my experiences if needed on another thread. Result: 4 littermates, unbonded to eachother, raised in the same environment by same people ( even though me being in Europe after they completed 4 months)of totally different personal characteristics & health issues.
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That's a very interesting subject for me. Do you think that this "littermate syndrome" are more valid for GRs? Any of you had other breeds from the same litter? I have my english cocker spaniels from the same litter and actually they are not bonded ( even competitive sometimes) to eachother much but triple bonded to me. Raising puppies , I cannot describe what I went through. We only gave away one. I kept all of them, 4 puppies. As a paranoid I could not trust any families ( do not forget that I 'm talking about Turkey), I could not give away any of them. It was a craaaaaaazy time. One of the puppy , the 6th one got stuck in the womb canal, our mum dog was rushed to operation also spayed at the same time, could not lactate. Only did for the first 2-3 days till we figured out that sth is wrong with Maia .I had to do all by myself. 5 puppies. No sleep for months.. I became almost 90 lbs. Dead woman walking. It was the time that my grandma had passed away. I was under very big depression and my whole life stopped. I remained from June till fall in Turkey. I believe I could not get over the loss of my grandma if I did not have these puppies. However, I do not know if I could redo it once more. I'll share my experiences if needed on another thread. Result: 4 littermates, unbonded to eachother, raised in the same environment by same people ( even though me being in Europe after they completed 4 months)of totally different personal characteristics & health issues.
An amazing story. Dog therapy at it's best. Glad you made it through with your babies.
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Nope!
Bad idea for most.

Why not see if a breeder has an older dog they are placing and or a shelter/rescue dog then get a puppy after the adult dog is settled.
Settled. One dog for now. As you stated, it turns out that the breeder has a 9 year old female that shes not breeding any more that she wants to place. After losing 2 dogs so young we struggled with getting a 9 year old that we could lose in a few years at best. The breeder dogs are low on inter breeding and a a result, ha high longevity. Part of me wants to offer this older dog a home.

How do all of you feel about this scenario? A baby and a 9 year old. The 9 year old is not the mom.
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Settled. One dog for now. As you stated, it turns out that the breeder has a 9 year old female that shes not breeding any more that she wants to place. After losing 2 dogs so young we struggled with getting a 9 year old that we could lose in a few years at best. The breeder dogs are low on inter breeding and a a result, ha high longevity. Part of me wants to offer this older dog a home.

How do all of you feel about this scenario? A baby and a 9 year old. The 9 year old is not the mom.

If you truly remember how much work an 8-week old puppy is to train and teach to be a good dog and think you could do it while caring for a new older dog, too, then I don't see an issue with adding a puppy to a 9-year-old. But if it were me, I would want to be able to devote all my time to the puppy without worrying about a new older dog getting enough attention and care to make her feel secure in her new home, too.

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