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Old 12-10-2013, 12:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Two Female German Shepherd Puppies

We made a huge mistake.

We thought it would be better for our 5 month old german shepherd puppy to have a companion so we got another german shepherd puppy (3 months old).

Our 5 month old is very well trained but I can see already that she is becoming more interested in her new sister than listening to us. Also the 3 month old seems to have no interest in anything other than the other puppy.

My husband thinks everything will be fine and he is in love with both dogs. I am the one who stays home with them all day so I see more of the problems. They also fight over him, the older one whining if the younger one gets attention.

Theyre both female, theyre both puppies, its obviously a disaster in the making.

How do I convince my husband that its best for both puppies if we rehome the 3 month old?

Please help.
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am the one who stays home with them all day so I see more of the problems.
Seen as you are home with them during the day, are you able to do some training with them? Maybe start with the 5mo and put the 3mo on lead tied somewhere so she can watch you train but not annoy or interfere, then switch dogs, tie the 5mo up and train the younger one. Give each one about 15 to 20 minutes a day and train using rewards ie kibble or treats. If you have not done obedience training before, I'm sure there is some great videos online to help you with heel, sit, stay, recall, stand and lead work. Also you and only you should feed the puppies their meals - this may help with building a better bond between you and the pups. You could also spend 15 to 20 minutes walking them twice a day. Try and do things where you are in control that way they will look to you when unsure and listen to you when you command.

The youngest is only 3 months, it takes time and consistency to achieve harmony. Give it a few more months where you are actively training and feeding them, then decide whether you are still unhappy with the situation.

Post some photos of them if you can, I would love to see them.
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I feel your pain. I have 5 fighting for my attention. I know this will make more work for you all, but what needs to happen is dedicated individual time with each dog.
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Will the breeder take the 3 month old back? All you should have to do is talk to them and they should fully support you and help with the husband. The responsible breeders only want the best home situations for each puppy and you probably had trouble talking them into giving you a puppy so near in age to your other pup in the first place.

I know I'd never take on what you have.... I can barely do one puppy at a time!

Will your husband read information about why it's not a good situation?

Should I get TWO puppies/dogs at once?

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My main concern is that they are both female. Either way, I think I have convinced my husband to let her go. I have read so many horror stories about having two females similar age in the house (something I wasn't aware of before).

I live in Japan by the way, so the breeder is Japanese. We are taking her back at the end of the week.
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Good on you for making a decision. I'm sure the breeder will find someone suitable for her.
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