Okay, so where to start...A little background info...
I do currently have two 8.5 week old GSD puppies
. They are littler mates, and both boys. One is mine, and one belongs to my friend who won't take ownership until November 20th.
I like to start things on a positive
note, so first, they have very amazingly mastered the outdoor pottying and sleeping in the crate. I get up with them every 2 hours at night and had only one accident in the house the first day they were home. I take care of them all but the 6 hours a day that I work (and then my friend or mom comes to take care of them). I have gotten them both to accept wearing collars. They eat out of seperate bowls but share the water dish and a crate at night.
: They fight...a lot. How much is normal? I read that puppies play fight to learn bite inhibition. They will bite each other until one yelps and walks away. Then they will chew seperately on toys and fight again later. There is a lot of growling involved when they play. Is this normal play or should I seperate them?
: I love my puppy. In my eyes he is absolutely perfect. He was also the pick of the litter, and the largest of the litter. Unfortunately, he seems to be largely uncordinated. He trips over his own feet and sometimes rolls head over heels while running. Should I be worried about this? Or is this just a growing thing? It only came to my attention because the smaller puppy does not have these issues.
: Related to the above, the smaller puppy (my friend's) is LOUD. He whines constantly, he whines to go out, whines to come in, whines at bedtime, whines in the car, and is constantly underfoot. How can I get him to behave more like his brother Ollie? Ollie only growls or barks when playing or when the neighbor's cat stands near the outdoor playpen and he never whines.
: Everytime I put the leash on their collars they either start chewing the leashes or they sit and refuse to budge. The books I have say that they will follow you while leashed or lead while leashed and that's how they start. But these two won't budge at all. They will walk with me when un-leashed. How do I get them to walk with the leash? (In FL they have to be leashed by law).
: They like to chew/chase/play with the pinecones. Is this damaging to them? I've checked and there are no cuts on their gums and they aren't swallowing any of it. They just like to tear them apart.
: Will they be worse off when they are seperated in 2 weeks? Or will coming down from a full litter to 2 then to 1 be okay?
: At night, they settle down in their crate pretty quickly for bed. (smaller puppy whines from 2-3 min and then is quiet). They sleep for about 2-2.5 hours and then I take them outside to potty. When they come back in they immediately want to play. Which I've been allowing for about 30 min and then they are ready to return to bed. Should I be not letting them play during this time? Usually after they return to bed they're out for about 4 hours, and then we go to the potty again, play outside, play inside, have breakfast, potty, play outside, around noon we nap again for about 2 hours, take a car ride to either my mom's to play with her dogs or to petsmart for human petting (they ride on a blankey in the cart). When we come back we work on 'sit', 'out', 'in', and 'drop it'. They aren't really getting the hang of them yet but it's only been 3 days. (They understand 'out' well though).
should I feel bad about not liking her pup? I'm trying very very hard to treat them equally...but I really do love my pup more. But then I feel badly and try to make up for it. After all...I've got two hands.