I'm worired that I am not giving ALL the love to both dogs. I have read and asked many questions about owning two dogs the alpha the beta but is there anything I am missing here? I'm I being too much of a human. I try to give each dog their time a private snuggle or alone time, separate time to enjoy a bone without being bothered and sometimes separate walks for bonding. BUT I am worried. IS this normal???? HAs anyone else dealt with this before? What other things can I do without setting off a competition between the two over who's boss?
Frankly, seperating them will cause more problems then keeping them together. Dogs are pack animals and when you take one you can cause problems when reintroducing that one back.
They don't need one on one time like human children or your spouse. They need to be with you and near you. Following you around the house is deeply satasfying for most dogs, as is laying by your chair, but if you do this with one then the other they probably feel left out.
One of my fav activities is to go lay on the couch, bed, futon, floor or whatever with all the dogs out. They all rush over and lay down beside me and promptly go to sleep. They dont bicker and argue they just enjoy.
Dogs have a sense of personal possession but is is diffrent from our own. Stop stressing yourself out and work with the two of them together. If you have two hands its even easier.
I agree with Icy 100% I have 2 dogs, and they get along just fine! There was an adjustment period, but overall I think that most dogs will do fine, and they will let YOU know when a little extra "Lovin" is needed! If my fiance is gone with his dog for a couple days, its readjustment time everytime his dog comes back here! That gets all the dogs anxious and nervous! Keep them together and you shouldnt have any problums!!
i think you should try to just relax and take some time for the both of your dogs and i have two dogs so i know what its like so you should just try to have fun and play with the both of them and it will or should be okay and i think the dogs will have fun because thay can have fun together.