|Barked: Tue Apr 23, '13 10:30pm PST |
|It is definitely achievable! However as the owner of two young male dogs, I will tell you, it's A LOT of work.
While it is very difficult, its rewarding too. Even if some days you feel you're just not getting anywhere, and you can't believe what you've gotten yourself into.. You need to shrug that off and be positive because it's so rewarding everyday to create this partnership with your dogs.
Train them separately! Make sure you train each dog individually. This helps you gain a bond with the individual dog and will help them both attach to you and not the other dog.
Your best investment is going to be a baby gate. You want to separate your dogs atleast one hour a day while you ARE home. Again, this is establishing their independence. As they get older, when you leave home, always keep them separate with the gate. You never know what could happen, and if they end up fighting nobody will be there to stop them, so you definitely want to give them their own space when they can't be supervised.
So in point form:
1. train them separately
2. always supervise play
3. pick the dogs in the litter that are middle energy
4. neuter them as soon as you can
5. be confident, and calm.
6. give each puppy equal attention
7. expose them to all people, places, sounds, and animals as possible in their first 15 weeks of life.
Again, I will mention i's very hard to raise two puppies at the same time, so make sure you are very organized and have knowledge of canine behaviour. If you have experience raising a dog from puppyhood and are a confident, strong, consistent leader, I say go for it! It's a good challenge and you will create an awesome little pack. If this is your first dog, read up a lot and just be 100% committed to training and socializing the puppies from day one. If you feel like it might be too overwhelming, train one dog first, see how that goes and then add a second puppy
Good luck with everything, I hope this helped a little bit and congratulations on your puppies! Any questions, just ask, I'd be happy to help!
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