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Did you adopt two puppies? Littermate syndrome is very serious when two puppies are adopted together. What happens is they bond with EACH OTHER instead of bonding with you. This causes a whole lot of behavioral issues down the line. They end up fighting with each other because they spend so much time together.. they could also end up developing separation anxiety from each other. It is important to do many things separately with them. They should have separate walks, separate training sessions with you, separate sleeping areas, separate play-time, and should only be brought together a few times per day to interact. Keeping two puppies is a huge challenge, and I recommend you read up on "littermate syndrome."
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You should introduce them extremely slowly. Start by introducing the puppies to the home without your older dog there. Then, have the older dog behind a baby gate, and the puppies on the other side of the gate. Introduce them that way. Allow your older dog to be able to SNIFF them without actually interacting with them. You should keep them like this for a while until the puppies seem uninterested in your older dog. The last thing you want is two puppies harassing your older dog. In order to keep this from happening, you need to keep the puppies and your older dog separated until the puppies do not care about the presence of the older dog. If your older dog doesn't seem to like the puppies, or barks at them, you'll want to give your older dog lots of treats when the puppies are around (on the other side of the baby gate). Offer your older dog lots of treats and praise so he believes sniffing/hearing puppies = high value treats.
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