Respected Dog Trainer Advises Against Adopting Littermate Puppies

Respected Dog Trainer Advises Against Adopting Littermate Puppies

This blog post about adopting littermate puppies was originally published in October 2014. It has been updated with new information and republished. Enjoy. I've received emails with links to an article written by Patricia McConnell.  I have to say that I'm exhausted...
A Few Things You Should Know About Raising Littermate Puppies

A Few Things You Should Know About Raising Littermate Puppies

If you plan to adopt littermates, please add the cost of a professional dog trainer to your budget.  This blog post cannot be used in place of a dog trainer – I am not a dog trainer, I'm a blogger.  I am unable to give you advice on raising your...
Potty Training Littermate Puppies in 4 Easy Steps

Potty Training Littermate Puppies in 4 Easy Steps

We were so excited to bring home two puppies – the fact that potty training our new puppies weren't a quick matter put a slight damper on the novelty of having two cute puppies, but we persevered. I quickly became the Monarch of Poop in our house, a title that I...
What Happens When One Littermate Dies?

What Happens When One Littermate Dies?

Eleven years ago, we adopted two puppies from the same litter – Rodrigo and Sydney. I read all of the warnings about littermate syndrome and focused on educating myself about our dogs and we invested in a lot of dog training. Our puppies grew up to be happy dogs...
22 Reasons Why Raising Littermate Puppies Has Rocked

22 Reasons Why Raising Littermate Puppies Has Rocked

This blog post was originally published in July 2015; it has been updated with new information and republished. If you're a regular reader, then you know that we're raising 2 sets of littermates – Rodrigo and Sydney and Scout and Zoey. Sydney passed away in 2020...
Are Your Littermates Fighting?

Are Your Littermates Fighting?

This blog post was originally published in November 2012; it has been updated with new information. I am not a dog trainer. If you are experiencing behavioral or training issues with your dogs, please contact a qualified, professional dog trainer. Please request a...
Should Dog Owners Keep Their Littermates Apart?

Should Dog Owners Keep Their Littermates Apart?

I love when readers send me emails about raw feeding and raising littermates.  There is so much information online that it's nice that the Internet has provided a venue for all of us to share notes and support one another.  Below is an email I received from...
A Letter to the Editor About Littermate Puppies

A Letter to the Editor About Littermate Puppies

My partner and I adopted our first set of littermates in 2010 and after making that fateful decision to bring home two puppies, I did a quick Google search to educate myself and raising littermate puppies and was shocked to learn that it's not recommended. In fact, we...
A Dog Trainer’s Perspective on Training Littermate Puppies

A Dog Trainer’s Perspective on Training Littermate Puppies

Why do Some Dog Trainers Discourage Adopting Littermate Puppies I used to think that dog trainers were against adopting littermate puppies because they are controlling know-it-alls who need to stick their nose into everything that isn’t their business. Harsh, right?...
Advice on Raising Littermate Puppies by the APDT

Advice on Raising Littermate Puppies by the APDT

Many dog owners discover my blog, because they adopted littermates, started researching raising littermates, and came across article after article that states what a terrible idea it is to bring home two puppies at the same time. Then they discover my happy corner of...
The ASPCA Shares Thoughts on Adopting Littermate Puppies

The ASPCA Shares Thoughts on Adopting Littermate Puppies

Recently, I received the comment that Littermate Syndrome is real, it has been studied by scientists, and that our experience is just luck. I wasn’t sure how to respond so I went to my new standby “thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience; I will give your...
Exploring How We Avoided Littermate Syndrome Twice

Exploring How We Avoided Littermate Syndrome Twice

I am not a dog trainer or behaviorist. If you are having issues with your littermates, please contact a professional dog trainer for guidance. Working with a trainer made raising littermates easier for us. When I was researching adopting littermate puppies, all I...

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