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Old 11-06-2013, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can't choose between the two so decided to get both. When the Eng. Shepherd pup (male) is 4 month old I will add the GSD pup (female). I am up to the task, just want to know what the experiences are from you guys who have done this. I am open to tips that I might not have thought of before. No need to tell me "don't do it". I know it will be my job for the next year.
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I have no experience or any great advice just want to say that I love the idea!!!!!
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Currently I have 2 pups that have a 4 month age difference. I work fulltime and live alone. It's been tough to be honest. There are days I'm exhausted and want to run away lol. Doing it alone, my time is really stretched to give them both the one on one time I want to give them. They are a joy though and I wouldn't trade it for anything!
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I have some experience here lol. Schatzi was 7 months old when I brought Cudi home at 2 months. It was a BIG struggle at the time. Schatzi was just being a huge brat I couldn't keep them together because she would bully him. But as Cudi got older Schatzi and him bonded.

I kept the same daily routine with Schatzi. I didn't change much besides having her interact with Cudi for a bit, but not much. They both slept in my room, but Cudi had his own section that I blocked off so Schatzi wouldn't bug him. After a month I started doing the training with both of them together and after 2 months or so I let them play a bit longer and I took Schatzi off the leash.

But, I still kept the daily 1 on 1 routines with both of them.

When Cudi turned 6 months I started let him stay outside in the yard with Schatzi alone. I gradually increased the time and now they hangout outside till I get home from work/school.

Now Schatzi is 1 and 8 months and Cudi is 1 and 3 months. Up to now I still keep the 1on 1 daily routines I had with them as puppies. We do a lot of thing together and all the headaches are gone, but at times it's still a challenge.

Keep in mind I did all these while working full time and going to college full time.
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I have 4 dogs right now getting our 5th a GSD in 2 weeks. 3 of my dogs now are 1.5,2 and 2.5. So they are 6 months apart in age had them all since 8 weeks. Honestly they are awesome I don't remember any issues besides the usual. My 1.5 yr old is a male Great Dane he nicely bullies my 2.5 male golden. He grabs him by his neck and tugs on him. He comes in between me and my golden when I'm hugging him..I tell him no and he stops most of the time. He's in for a rude awakening in a few weeks!! He'll get over it.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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For me and my SO, having two puppies is kind of a win/lose lol. Shoba is 11 months and Acheron is about 5 months. Some days, they drive us NUTS. Other days they keep us laughing so hard it hurts.
Luckily, Shoba is his dog and Acheron is mine. And Dakoda likes to take turns helping both of us handle the pups. But. Overall I will say that if you keep upbeat and know what you're getting into, it's a generally positive experience. (:
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When Carly was 7 months old, I brought home Sage. They are exactly 4 months apart. I REALLY didn't want to get another puppy that soon, but if I wanted a puppy of out that particular bitch, I had to jump on it.

I am sooooo happy that I did. It was really only a little bit more work having two, but having another young dog to play with is a bonus. They wore each other out!
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After studying and long and hard thinking I decided to stick with one pup, the GSD, and go for the next one, next year.
They will both still be young and I have more time and energy for every pup.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I just recently brought home my 9 week old GSD puppy and I already had my 6.5 month old GSD pup. I wanted their ages to be further apart but I had the opportunity to co own and get a pup from the sire I LOVE! The hardest part is getting their schedules to line up. When Nikko was hungry, sleepy, playful, Rocky wasn't, and it can cause frustration and no sleep. For the first few days Nikko looked at it like he had a new toy! However, those puppy teeth soon made him realize this was no toy! When potty training the new pup, it can be easier or harder due to having 2. Nikko almost helped me train Rocky, but there are times one tried to play while the other is going to the bathroom. It can also make the older dog go back to having accidents in the house too (thankfully I have not had this issue).
MOST IMPORTANT TIP!!!!! Make sure dog #1 knows the command LEAVE IT!!!! This has been a life savor.
Right now it is a lot of work, but I feel in the long run, it will be worth it


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Old 12-05-2013, 03:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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On the other end, I had two aussies 4 months apart. The geriatric stage is very difficult with two oldsters, and then I lost my 13 year old last week, and the 12.6 is not too far behind. From this vantage point, I would never do it again unless I did not work and even them, I wouldn't. You stated it is a full time job for a year... likely longer. and then again in old age.

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