Re: Raising two puppies ASKING
You got a lot of youngin's for someone new to the breed.
It really depends somewhat on what you want to do with them.
Your yearling still needs socialization and training.
The babies need a lot more.
Generally, socialization is done individually. This is important because a puppy may feel a whole lot more confident with his buddy than he does by himself so his behavior will be totally different.
Each of your dogs need to see a new person or place every day. Lots of people, lots of places, lots of things. A loaded shopping cart, a wheel chair with a person, a guy on crutches, a bus, a rollerblader. Doing this on an individual basis is daunting, but really it is what you need to do heavily for the next couple of months. Then you can back down a little bit with the older dog, and maybe go to a couple days of week with the pups.
I would strongly suggest that you enroll all three dogs in three separate sets of training classes, preferrably and separate days. Plan on doing this through a puppy class, basic class, advanced class, CGC class, one set of six to eight classes after another with all three dogs for several months. Again it depends on what you want to do with your dogs. This is a minimum for a dog that you can walk anywhere, take to the pet store, take to the vet, etc.
You can leave the male and female pup play together, etc., until the female is spayed or goes into heat if you are not planning on schutzhund or police training. I think they prefer to have the dog's focus completely, and raising two pups together can make the puppies a little more bonded with each other than they like. I have not found that to be the case myself, but I do not train for schutzhund or police training.
If there is any way that you can return a puppy to one of the breeders, I would suggest strongly that you consider it. In all fairness, you can provide a lot more individual attention to one pup than two. I have raised pups together, I do not suggest it though. You have to pretty much have your LIFE revolve around the dogs, which I do.
Good luck with your youngsters. Sometimes the hardest things to do are the right things to do.
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