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Old 10-10-2007, 07:55 PM   #1
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Hi all,
Just joined the forum to get a bit of advice. We have just got ourselves a gorgeous 9wk old chocolate labrador puppy called Ralph. We have a great backyard for him, but its quite sad when we have to leave him by himself all day when we go to work. We have the opportunity to also get one of his brothers from the same litter.

I know that labs can be quite naughty. Just wondering if two pups are twice as naughty/destructive, or will they be happier and better behaved with company??

Any advice/experiences etc would be greatly appreciated.
Here's a couple of pics of Ralphy.




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Old 10-10-2007, 07:59 PM   #2
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Hi! And welcome to the forum! I hope you like it here!
I am sorry, I don't know anything about Labs.. or anything about having 2 dogs.. but oh my gosh!
Ralph is adorable!!!!!!!!!!! The little baby paws , the little baby ears.. little baby snout! Too much!

Good luck I hope you find a good answer(s)

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Old 10-10-2007, 07:59 PM   #3
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Oh ralphy, your are precious...

Kilroy... I really don't have much advice, but I know other will be along shortly. I can teel you that when this has been discussed many members believe it is easier to have one older and one puppy... or maybe it is just harder to have 2 puppies...

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Hi kilroy, and welcome to the forum!

How nice that you are thinking of getting your puppy a playmate! I bet he'd love that! But I bet you wouldn't! The general rule is to wait until dog #1 is well trained and well-behaved before bringing in dog #2. It is not twice as hard to train two dogs at the same time, it is three times as hard. And getting littermates is generally not a good idea. They tend to ignore you and pay attention to each other.
I guess I sound like a wet blanket, sorry! Maybe someone else knows a secret for raising two pups from the same litter, but I personally would not want to do it.
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Thanks for the fast responses guys. Sounds like good advice to avoid puppies from the same litter. My wife is pushing for another one, but I like to research things first.
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Hi all,
Just joined the forum to get a bit of advice. We have just got ourselves a gorgeous 9wk old chocolate labrador puppy called Ralph. We have a great backyard for him, but its quite sad when we have to leave him by himself all day when we go to work. We have the opportunity to also get one of his brothers from the same litter.

I know that labs can be quite naughty. Just wondering if two pups are twice as naughty/destructive, or will they be happier and better behaved with company??

Any advice/experiences etc would be greatly appreciated.
Here's a couple of pics of Ralphy.
I can't emphasize strongly enough that you should not bring in another pup right now and especially his brother!

One puppy is a full time job and will require your constant attention throughout his early months. As they mature you won't have twice the mischief and destruction--it will be much worse!

Here is link to a great article on some of the potential hazards of raising siblings together. It should help you to understand what you'd be up against and to help you decide if you have the time, knowledge and courage to take on the task.

http://www.caninedevelopment.com/Sibling.htm

Congratulations on your new pup. He's a cutie all right!
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HI and Welcome to the Dog Forum!! What a gorgeous puppy boy. Yes, two are better than one. I have sold two puppies together from a large litter than do so well. Much better than one. I have 7 adults that were once puppies together alot of them. They are such fine dogs. Get a playmate and they will just romp and play, let toys like Kongs that last. Great for the puppy than being alone, then learn to dig out, chew fence, chew furniture, etc. Here are brother n sister as 14 wks puppies, then adults of two years, so much loved, never destroyed a thing.
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Hello and Welcome to the forum! I agree with Skunkstripe and applesmom! Ralph is a beautiful labby. I can't wait to hear more about him.
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us. Your pup is adorable. Congratulations on your new family member.

My advice would also be to wait until #1 is trained & at least beyond the bratty puppy stage. I considered getting 2 pups at the same time & am glad I talked myself out of it. Ozzy is now 18 months old & I'm ready for a #2 puppy. I hope that will become a reality by year end.
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Welcome to DogForum.org.

I would have to say what everyone else is advising. Wait till your first pup is grown adn obedient then bring another in. It is ahrd enough getting your first one where you want him to be nevermind 2 at once.

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