While Rodrigo and Sydney had their bickering for a period of time, Scout and Zoey NEVER had an issue with each other or our other dogs. I, Kimberly Gauthier (owner), am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Mock brawls are an instinctual urge in puppies. i know have a rolled up newspaper i tap on my legs if i see any aggressive behavior starting, but i cant watch them all the time. It didn’t take long for me to become familiar with the signs of play and fighting. He is the smart one. That is exactly the problem. The non-alpha will crawl around on the ground and try to play and nip a little but on her ears, legs, and stomach. So I grabbed a water dish and dropped the water on them. Do a bit of research to find out and more and to see if this might be the problem. Often a family will go to pick out one puppy, get overwhelmed with cuteness, and, long story short, come home with two. Keep the Tail Wagging® is a personal blog and a minority/woman-owned business. poppy has lived with her all his life, she took chance in when his owner passed away. Does anyone have any advice for me? Many people have warned me about this and I wouldn't recommend this step to others; I'm simply sharing this here because, for me, it worked for two puppies. (I know how 6 all together). One thing hasn’t changed though - our desire for the loyal dog, for … both males have had 3 fights with bites and blood, I can’t recall why the first fight started, the second was vicious and the female participated and the 3rd was awful too (the female attacks the alpha by the rear while the beta bites his neck/mouth). Please do not use content from this blog in place of veterinarian care. We are picking up our litter mates on 12/9. However on my own, they’re an absolute nightmare. by Kimberly | Mar 1, 2020 | Littermates | 50 comments. Especially in touchy-health breeds like danes, there is a possibility that a person adopting puppies from the same litter will not get one case of genetically linked health issues, but two. So if the puppies are just roughhousing with each other -- and even if there's a yelp here and there -- leave them alone. Think long and hard about getting two new puppies at the same time. This time, Scout (our girl) was clearly the aggressor, and attacked Eddie for no reason that we could discern. A dog trainer can help you come up with fun ways to redirect your dogs. Find a reputable dog trainer and animal behaviorist in your area to help you with your puppies. This puppy will push the other puppies out of the way in order to get food, and will instigate games and play fighting. They fight for any reason possible. I know how that’s a bad but our dog just gave birth and we didn’t want to give them away. i am at my wits end after an aggressive week between the pups. When a pack forms, a pack order must be established and this can mean problems for your brother sister team. Since dogs are polygamous, females will mate with any available male dog while in heat. here are my thoughts on the subject. When two puppies of the same age are adopted, this can lead to several issues which occur as a result of the excess bonding and developmental deficits that takes place inevitably if no steps are taken. There are several things to consider before bringing home two sibling pups. There are too many small moments in the day to tell you how to handle every one of them, so just keep this phrase in mind: separate but equal. Never any blood or clear bite marks. The Litter-mate Syndrome. Our first set had a few fights, our second set are just love monkeys – they never fight. We’d been holding off on neutering them as there hasn’t been a reason it’s seemed necessary until possibly now. I can usually tell when she is starting to get annoyed by her tail and the hair on her back raising. Over the years, I've stopped buying into the “pack leader” theory because it ruffles so many feathers. And, finally, an exercised dog is a well-behaved dog and this is equally true for littermates. Thank you! Do you have any advice because right now i don’t know where to turn? Maybe I should bring home his brother or sister to keep him company.” Is this idea a good one or not? Thanks! I managed to separate them, it was vicious and terrifying. . It helps them learn to control the strength of their bite and how to socialize with other dogs. Now we have two amazing, well behaved dogs. No combination of pups works for any length of time before the fighting starts again. And I started buying two toys when shopping. I have two male litter mates (Bulldog and lab mix) and they are currently about 5 weeks old.One of the two tends to bite on the others neck,nose,legs,and belly and he growls at him. it was so horrible and all of us were upset for the night. I passed it off on the stress i was feeling and figured all would be back to normal after I calmed down. The first born female this last week (they are 4 months old now) has taken to having some serious fights with the other 2 pups. Puppies that are routinely getting into fights with other puppies may need more enrichment outside of puppy social hour. My 2 new puppies(3 months old). The concept “I don’t want to separate them!” is derived from inaccurate assumptions about a dog’s family attachments and can lead to a very difficult situation. We are looking into trainers, but I would like to try to do as much as I can myself. There was never much of an issue, they have always been close- Courage looking out for Kody (the deaf one) when they were in the yard with the other 5 dogs and coming to his aid if he heard a whine – Kody moaning inconsolably when Courage had to spend the day at the vet. After tragically losing both in the same day, we just couldn’t pick ourselves back up. Top three rules of owning two puppies. But when other puppies come near me, Zoey goes a little nuts. I don’t have to tell you that I’m feeling pretty defeated right now. This intuitively makes sense, in that the pups have already had the closest and most intimate experience with each other, and often during important phases of socialization. Change – NA, Then settled down on porch or deck. I’ve guessed that it’s usually when my slightly bigger girl ‘Nola’ barks and does grumbles to my smaller girl ‘Bee’, but any definitive signs? 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