Okay we got these puppies really cheap bc a man who 'breeds' them saw that the male puppy is WAY too attached to the female to sell them seperately and no one else was willing to take on 2 puppies at once. They're 11wks old and 15-20lbs already. Also, part of the reasoning (I think atleast) that the male is dependent on his sister is bc they had little human contact (man said so himself..). He only spent time w/them to paint their toenails to "separate" the litters he kept in the same pen w/both mothers so they have PINK nail polish fading off their nails @@. My question is tho, how do we get the male to trust other than spending time w/him? Should we try to work w/him individually or still with his sister? (FYI: We just got them Sat.) He follows her around like her shadow and isnt confident enough to come up to you by himself. He seems scared of everything but he eats fine and his stools are fine (other than a bit discolored bc the man was feeding them ADULT dry food vs puppy food @@). Here are some pics of them. The cuts/scrapes and hole in the back of the female's ear he said are from the other dogs rough-housing w/them and each other playing.
If you are planning on keeping them its okay that they are together all the time....Try siting down withthem and let them both get used to you and your smell and voice...I think with some patience and love he will become more confident.....Good luck.. they are really beautiful
I would have never sold those two puppies to the same family under any circumstance. Since keeping 2 puppies myself or buying two puppies from the same litter, never again will I allow ANY ONE to get two from me at once. In general littermates always seem to like each other more than the family. They like each other more than any other dogs (and will eventually gang up if you have another dog in the house).
They get a 'twin-speak' going on, where they listen to each other instead of any one else. When you ask one to do something, it looks for approval from the other sibling. Each time I have had two from the same litter they become such a behavior problem that one has to leave by 9 months.
Then magically the one we keep (which is normally the 'better' of the two) becomes a normal dog and a loving pet. It starts to acknowledge our family and the other dogs.
If this dog is starting out with an attachement problem I can almost guarantee that you are in for huge problems. Many breeders that I know feel the same way, because they know that two puppies is too much for 1 family to handle and they don't want to see them BOTH in the shelter at a year.
Please concider finding one of th em a different home. If some one REALLY wants two puppies I always tell them, take one and then after the first one is potty trained and doing well then get a puppy from a different litter in a few months.