Dog Care

Raising Two Puppies and Why You May Want to Rethink That

puppies-1105730_1920You have done all your research, have decided on which dog is right for your family, and now you are thinking what if your new puppy feels all alone. So your mind starts working, and you begin to ask yourself, “how hard can it be raising two puppies?” Perhaps I should get a brother or a sister to keep each other company.

So is it a good idea to try and bring home two puppies at once, even if they are from the same litter? Well there are several factors to consider.

For starters, having just one dog is a huge responsibility. Throw a young puppy into the mix and you have your work cut out for you. Puppies need a lot of attention, time, effort, love, potty breaks, sleepless nights – well, you get the picture. And that’s just one :) . Two puppies at the same time? Just ask my friends over at the Three Dog Blog what they think.

Raising Two Puppies May Result in a Strong Bond

Something else to think about, when two dogs or puppies are raised together, they may bond closer to each other than how they would bond to their human families. Especially if they are puppies from the same litter. Being too closely bonded to a sibling can mean that they end up paying closer attention to each other than they do to you.

This may not be that big of a deal, but sometimes it affects how easily training may be. Consider what would happen when you are trying to teach them basic commands and house rules. It can be a lot harder and stressful on both you and them, because their attention is divided. Of course a solution would be to keep them apart, then train them when they are separated :) .

Raising Two Puppies At The Same Time May Result In Fights

As the pups grow older, they will begin to establish their roles with each other. Because they are growing and learning, the puppies have a natural tendency to fight and compete. There are many situations where they may feel the need to compete:

  • getting more attention
  • at feeding time
  • over their toys

If not corrected, one of the puppies may end up hurting its littermate. One puppy will usually establish dominance over the other, and the submissive one may develop anxiety issues as she grows older. Or they may develop aggression issues, which can cause a whole other set of problems.

These issues are usually worse if both are puppies from the same sex.

A Plus For Two Puppies At The Same Time

One positive side effect of having two pups from the same litter – they can keep each other company and play with one another. However, as you have seen, the potential problems may outweigh this one benefit.

If you have your heart set on having two dogs, then be patient.

Get one first.

Raise her.

Train her.

Then when she is settled, get a new puppy or consider a grown dog. I think this is a far better solution than raising two puppies at once.

Final Considerations

Remember that dogs and puppies do not experience the same emotional bond that we feel as humans. So a dog can be blissfully happy growing up alone without ever seeing a brother or sister again. So when you hear someone say that they want, or got, two puppies because they didn’t want to separate them, know this belief is based on wrong assumptions. Rather than be a positive for both pups, it can lead to a rather difficult situation.

If you must raise two puppies at once then please be certain that you have the will and the resources necessary for raising two puppies.