"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

Puppy and Obedience Training Without Food or Fear

Same Litter – Good or Bad

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Is it true that a good breeder will not sell 2 pups from the same litter? I have 2 brothers that have just turned 2 years old and I am finding pee markings all over the entire house and it is getting worse each day. We brought them home when they were 8 weeks old. Isn’t that 4 weeks too soon?

Thank you in advance

DK

Hi DK,

That’s more of a wive’s tale than a reality. This is probably more a people problem, at least from the perspective of understanding how dogs “work.”

It doesn’t matter whether the two dogs are or are not of the same litter, gender, breed or age. These things can influence the dynamic but they are not make or break. At the core, is the problem of getting the dogs in a multiple dog scenario to take us seriously as the head honcho.

In a one dog scenario, when you’re the only game in town it’s still a challenge to get and hold a dog’s attention let alone its respect. When there’s another dog “talking dog”, oh so much better then you many people come out on the short end of the stick and find the dog’s connect on many levels with each other rather then their owner. It doesn’t help that your personal resources for reinforcing good behaviour and disciplining bad behaviour are now divided between two dogs. Anything, including house training isn’t twice as hard with two dogs, it’s three times harder.

When it’s done correctly to train a single dog is a considerable draw on one’s mental and physical resources, more with some than others but certainly significant with all. I’m freshly aware of this having just started training of a new dog for myself. It’s a 22-month-old Belgian Malinois named Odie and at the end of every day as I flop myself exhausted into bed I have to wonder if he isn’t on crack or whether I need to be.

As to when you brought them home, research indicates that the ideal is 7 1/2 weeks. There are those that think the dog should stay later but that would have to be in an extraordinarily rich environment to properly impact the dog’s temperament. It’s a rare breeder that does so. As a result I think you got the dogs at the right time.

Your house-training problem likely stems from a lack of structure and way too much freedom. At two years old you’ve a challenge in breaking the cycle but it can be done. My house training cheat sheet (anyone can email for a free copy – ) will help you with guidance pertaining to the structure and scheduling freedom, replacing what I’m guessing is essentially a premature carte blanche access to the house.

Essentially, you’ve left a couple of 5 year old kids unsupervised in the mall every day and are puzzled when they come home one day, pockets packed with chocolate saying, “Mom this place is great! There are chocolate bars all over the place.” Instead you’re hearing, “This place is great, you can pee anywhere.”

Pawsitively yours,

John Wade

14 Comments… add one
Tina LeGresley

Hi there.I find your information very helpful. I will be training my new puppy soon and would love to have one of your house training cheat sheets to help guide me along in this process.

Thanks so much in advance for your great advice!

Kind Regards

John "Ask the Dog Guy" Wade

Hi Tina,

I’ve sent to the email provided both my housetraining and puppy socialization cheatsheets.

-John

laura

Our 2 male dogs r from the same litter. There now 1 years old. But…. r always fighting w/ 1 another as a dominance thing or something. 1 is my husband’s 1 is mine. Try to treat the same but… when both r in same room, if I pets 1, the other gets jealous. How do we balance both of our dogs?? Or.. was it a bad idea to get 2 males from same litter?? So I’ve heard.

John "Ask the Dog Guy" Wade

Hi Laura,

It’s true that household’s with same gender dogs have more potential for conflict. However, more often then not I’ve found the problem lays not with the relationship between the dogs (that’s a symptom), it’s the relationship with their owners. For instance, you mention “try to treat the same”, that’s a human construct for children. For dogs, if one is more authoritarian and you don’t respect that and pet the other dog first you’re often setting the dog being petted for an encounter with the other dog. The first step in a solution for this sort of thing for me starts with getting both dogs to understand that you two are the teachers and they are the students. Dogs that understand this fight less because there’s less to fight over. It’s clear to them it’s your house, they just live there.

John

John "Ask the Dog Guy" Wade

Hi Beth,

Cheat sheets for socialization and house training have been emailed to you.

John

John "Ask the Dog Guy" Wade

Beth,

Email bounced. You’ll need to send a corrected email address.

John

Tunji

Please I need to know if I can breed 2 dogs from the same litter

Pallavi

plz send the cheat sheet, I have a pair of pugs of same litter. Whenever I trained one another forgets the training.

John "Ask the Dog Guy" Wade

I’ve just sent it via email.

John

Rick

Great info
I have two pups from same litter
Fun but I desperately need your house training cheat sheet
Thanks

John "Ask the Dog Guy" Wade

Hi Rick,

I’ve sent the cheat sheet pdf via your email. If not there check your junk/spam folder.

John

Tyah Davis

Hi John,

This is great information. Can I have a copy of your cheat sheet? Thanks

John "Ask the Dog Guy" Wade

Hi Tyah,

I’ve sent by email “John Wade’s House Training Cheat Sheet” and a chart you can use to track progress. Check your spam or junk folders if not in your inbox.

John

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