Canine Conundrums – 1,2,3…
One, two, three
Getting two puppies is like having twins. They have the same tendency to lead each other into mischief.
I once met twin boys called Benjamin and Avremi. Benjamin was the adventurous one and one day when they were about four years old, he persuaded his brother to climb onto the kitchen counter, reach up for the eggs which were stored on top of the fridge and throw them down – one at a time. Unfortunately, it was a while before their parents realised the twins were nowhere to be seen and something was happening behind the closed kitchen door. What a mess!
A puppy on his own can get up to mischief if not watched. Most of us know what this is like. If you want to imagine two puppies getting up to mischief, multiply that by three!
Puppies need a lot of undisturbed sleep. Often two puppies do not go to sleep together and the pup who is awake wants to play. He will look for something to draw his sibling into a game. This could result in the puppies having insufficient sleep, so is not ideal.
Sibling rivalry can develop. This may happen when the puppies are young, but very often it occurs later, as the pups mature and can mean horrible fights. If you have sibling pups, watch them carefully from an early age and get help with exercises that assist in avoiding altercations between them.
Siblings can go to the opposite extreme and develop such a close bond that their person is not important in their lives. These dogs are difficult to train.
It is better to take one puppy into one’s home, ensure this little one has sufficient socialisation and develops good habits and later adopt a friend for him.