Next week I will be getting 2 toy fox terrier puppies - I know it will be difficult getting two puppies at one time. My question is I will be crate training the puppies they will be 9 weeks old. Do I get one or two crates, should they each have their own space or would they be happier together.
For many reasons each should be in their own crate. few reason being. Each puppy will learn at a different pace. The slower one will halt any progress in house breaking/crate training the other....monkey see, monkey do. Also if they would ge into a scuffle they could not get away from each other and could get serious injuries when no one is home to seperate them.
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Can't disagree with any logic LPN has mentioned but wanted to chime and let you know I have always crated my yorkie with my roomates cockapoo and we've had no issues. We both got them at the same time and although Dakota (my yorkie) occcassionally goes potty in the house, neither ever potty in the crate.
We have two crates and have put them apart a handful of times but can often hear them whining/barking the entire way out the door - which is something they never do when they are crated together. For all we know they may have their scuffles in the beginning but there have never been any injuries or any signs of extreme behavior.
We do assume they woud like their space at times so we do keep them apart on occasion but often end up feeling bad about it because it seems like they would prefer to be together!
With the new pups you may want to try it both ways while you're home in another room and see how it goes.
LPN is correct-each needs his own, separate crate. Not only for safety issues, but also-they NEED their own space. If they are always crated together, they grow too dependent on each other. They can develop separation anxiety, which should be avoided at all costs. What if one needs to stay overnight at the vet and has never been crated alone?
My 2 dogs have ALWAYS been crated separately. They are fine with it-it's just the way it's always been. One of the things a professional trainer warned me about when I got Emma, my 2nd pup, was NOT to let her become too dependent on Maggie. I am so glad I followed her advice. I have 2, very independent girls! They love playing together, but they are also just fine being apart.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
Catlover and LPN have provided wonderful advice. Its one thing if the 2 pups go into the same crate on their own but I strongly suggest that you don't put them in the crates at the same time for the reasons given.
We have 2 sibling pups. Once in awhile they will curl up together for an occassional nap, but they do enjoy "Their" space.
Good luck and patience with 2 pups, you will need it.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
I would definatly do 2 crates, put them side by side so the puppies can see each other. that way they don't feel alone. You can get a crate call life stages, and they have a divider so that the crates can grow as the puppies do. That way you wont have to buy different crates as they grow up.
Hi all, I'm new here but I had to reply to this post. I totally agree with having 2 crates and here's the reason. I bought 2 yorkies, and my sis bought 2 poodles. I got 2 small crates, sis opted for 1 larger crate. I take 1 out at a time alternating who goes first each time. If I take Abby out first and she potties then we have a 10 min play, cuddle, work session, then in the pen she goes while I take Zeus out and repeat the proceedure, if they have both pottied then they get a together play session. However if one don't potty then its back in the crate and no play time. It took appx 2 weeks for my babies to learn that if they go out and potty they get mommy time and a romp together
My sister started by taking both pups out at the same time but found that all they did was play rather than doing there business, so she took my suggestion of taking them out separately, she could get them to potty doing it this way, but as far as mommy time that wasn't working, both pups prefere each others company rather than her's. When she tries to play with them apart they try to find each other, I told her its separation anxiouty.
Now our pups are 6 months old, Mine are potty trained, very obedient and working on learning all kinds of things. Sissy's pups still squat in the house, don't listen at all and refuse to learn even simple things like sit, lay down, stay. They would rather play with each other than have any human contact, and if she tries to separate them they whine constantly and refuse to eat. They trained her, she didn't train them
Ppl have said its cuz Yorkies are smarter than Poodles, I disagree, A dog is only as smart as its owner teaches it to be When she brings them over they play great with my dogs and vice versa, but its frustrating to me, cuz they always potty in the play pen And thats something my pups NEVER do. So I agree 2 crates are better than one, Hope this helps others.