Tips for Dog Owners with Multiple Dogs: Why You Should Never Buy Littermates
Those sweet little puppies play so well together, tumbling and nipping at each other next to their doting mother. But as much as you hate to break up the party, avoid the temptation to buy two or more littermates at once. In fact, professional dog trainers will tell you to buy one dog and train it well before buying another even if you think your dog would be far happier having a brother or sister to grow up with. Buying and training your canine companions one at a time is beneficial not only to your sanity but to your dogs’ long-term welfare.
The biggest concern with littermates being raised in the same household is that the dogs will become more dependent on each other than on you, their human “parent.” When dogs become too dependent on each other, they will be far harder to train and will sometimes fail to learn to include you in their pack. At the very least, this could spell trouble for their safety—especially if you live in a city where there are speeding cars, other dogs, and plenty of plants and animals that could potentially harm them if eaten (or in the attempt to chase and eat them). A dog distracted by his pal will not be able to focus during trainings.
Additionally, by bringing two littermates into your home at once you’ll miss out on the love and affection both dogs would otherwise be happy to lavish on you but instead give almost exclusively to each other. Unless you’re running a shelter with dozens of dogs (and bless you for your work!), the personal affection and love you get from your canine friends is probably one of the main reasons why you own dogs in the first place.
Instead, concentrate on one puppy at a time, taking the time necessary to train him and give him plenty of your attention. This will help your sweet puppy bond with you and view you as the pack leader, which will keep him safer when you head outdoors. If you already have dogs, bringing in one new puppy or adult dog at a time and working with him should not be a problem as the other dogs will already view you as pack leader if they are trained well.
Before you bring in another pooch, make sure your current puppy is:
- On a regular eating schedule
- Able to sleep in her own crate or space
- Fully vaccinated and given regular checkups by a veterinarian
- A graduate of professional puppy training courses
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