we did not expect all this when we took on two puppies. we only wanted one but the other seemed so sad and sickly and not cared for that we took them both. heck they were only 2.5 pounds and told they would only get to 13 pounds or so.
well now six months later they are almost 20 pounds and healthy as horses and just as loud, rowdy and rambunctious as two wild horses too.
i get up around 6:00, let them out of their kennels to go potty and eat. they come back in and right away are going at it with each other.
this continues ALLLLLL day LONNNNNNG!! they play all day almost non stop! they gnarl all day and play tug a war with their toys, not quietly by any means.
they cannot sit and each have a toy, they have to have THEEEEE same toy the other has. i can buy two of the exact same toys and they want the one the other has so the constant gnarling for the toy the other has, the constant romping, the constant fighting at times and it sounds like a serious fight!
they constantly move move and move! they rarely stop playing! they cannot seem to just sit quietly and chew a nice bone, they have to fight over it playfully though and tug a war with it and tug a war with EVERYTIHNG!!
honestly we are getting stressed out! we love these little guys and took them in the long haul for the next 15 years or so but did not quite bargain for this.
if only they would settle down for a while each day then that would be ok. for the most part during the day i can deal with them but why on earth in the evenings when we want to relax they get the worst!!!
i put them in their kennel at times in the evenings so we can have a bit of quiet time but as soon as i let them out there they go again.
my husband is at a point he wants to find a new homefor them both, but i am not ready for that!
not to mention that they even after all this time they still chase my cats, maul my grand kids when they come over and are only potty trained still when i keep them in one room so if i let them roam around the house as i will once in a while do, they will potty in that area of the house.
i am not willing yet to give up on them, i know they are puppies but if they were only one it would not be like this!
i cannot see separating them either, they are very close with each other, they are best buds witheach other and they would deeply miss each other.
LOL!!!!!! You have twins going through the terrible two's and the only thing that will help is discipline. Consistency is also the key. It is hard to enjoy them because they enjoy each other way more!. Are they fixed? SOmetimes that helps but really you are looking at another couple of years of this until they mature and get bored with one another and even then, it may not happen.
DH will have to get used to the fact that this is how it will be for sometime yet. Puppy school may help also.
I would let them run around outside for a couple of hours in the morning and evening and hopefully that will tire them out so they can act nice when inside.
Good luck and don't give up yet. Unfortunately we do not always get what we have bargained for lol
Do they have a area outside that they can run off some steam before they come in? Mabey find some puppy classes to take them to to learn some manners. You will have to be the one that teaches them how to act. It's a lot of work with double trouble.
I have a 9 month and a 3 month. They play and fight a lot of the time, too, but they don't weigh 20 lbs. They are small. That makes a big difference. From everything I have heard, when there is discipline problems, one of the best things you can do is make sure you take them on at least 1 long walk every day...preferably 2 walks a day. Also, why don't you crate them some of the time. They will cry at first, but they will get use to it. Good luck
monica, what kind of dogs are they? i'd say too try to leave them outside some if you can. what are you doing for potty training? and i'd also say do separate walks for them to wear them out some. my dogs when puppies used to come alive at night, also. and i can relate to the same toy thing! i have 3 dogs. they feed on each other for energy i'm sure. you can crate them separately for a break for you, too. i live in denver. if you wanted to meet me and let our dogs play that would be fine with me! i'm always game for some new dog buddies for my dogs. mine are quite gentle with other dogs. they aren't dog aggressive. and my lab is great with puppies.
you can try teaching the command " settle ". that means they should slow down a bit when they get to playing too rough. scout and the golden next door would get really rowdy with each other and i would grab scout by the collar and tell her settle and just hold her still for a minute or so. she eventually got the idea that the word settle meant to take a break for a minute. if you haven't taken them to obedience classes yet that would be a good idea. you can teach them the down command and the stay command. if they get too much tell them down and stay. being babies still their stay won't be for very long but as they mature you can expect them to stay put for at least 5 minutes.
it is alot of work but it can be done. just depends on how much you want to keep them.
scout gets wildly active with our dog thunder, and he is most unappreciative of it. if the settle command isn't enough to get her to back off a bit, then she goes in to a down stay. sometimes thats enough to chill her out, other times she goes back to playing with him but she knows to back it down a notch or two.
Having 2 puppies is 2x the trouble as you're discovering! It's hard to add to what other people have said, cause everyone's giving great advice. I suggest you take time to work with each dog individually. especially individual obedience training with each dog, that is the best advice.
Regarding the house training, I'd suggest you open up sections of the house to each puppy seperately, and keep that one puppy on a leash when you do so you have utter control over the pup's behavior in that section of the house. It sounds like your pups have learned that one section of the house is the 'den' and thus can't be pottied in, but the rest of the house is fair game. As it's harder to keep an eye on both puppies in those other sections of the house, yo uneed to be extra careful about reinforcing the 'no potty in the house' rules' in those areas. If you can't do it for both puppies att he same time, work on them seperately and I think you'll probably have more success.
If things get so bad that the Significant Other makes you get rid of them, I strongly urge you to keep one puppy and give the other away. If you give them away with a condition that htey be kept together at all times, you will have amuch harder time finding homes for them, and whoever ends up getting them will have the same problems you're having. Both dogs will adjust just fine without the other, even though they've been together this long.
I got the impression, and I could be wrong that they are crated together? That would be the first thing I would change. My dogs were taught that they had to play nice and quiet in the house, or they had to be crated. But they can do pretty much whatever outside. Please do not give up so soon, all you will be doing is passing on your problems to someone else, you owe it to them to train them and help them. Take them to training, being around other dogs and socializing really can help.
i have 2 twins Parker & Ellen Bichon's they are 1yr old and they are VERY hyper ..... i was told by alot of people that Bichon are not hyper... well they are... i have own poodles all my life and poodles or not hyper like the bichon..... i find when i walk them there not as hyper.....