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we live in cumbria we got my parents a puppy for companionship and we got one ourselves from the same litter,both boys,the plan was my dad would watch both dogs when I worked which is part time.Max 6 hrs a day 3 days a week.

Sadly my mum has died suddenly and my dad has been admitted to hostpital with leukimia.He has had it for a while but his immune system has got low and he has developed an infection.
Hence I am left with 2 pups from same litter both boys living with me atm.This may only be short term but I am desperately worried.All I read on the web is that this will not work out.
I am between a rock and a hard place.Both lovely pups 11 wk bedlington terriers.

They tussle with each other which I am stopping if it seems to be going too far.I am not sure if I should try to get an alpha male by petting one first feeding it first etc.try feeding seperate but they love to share,they seem fairly equal in temprement

they sleep in their own cages at nite.Toileting is not going to badly they go to the door but if your not watching they dont whine and just wee at the door quite happily!!.I am doing my best to split them up to give individual attention etc.

My huge worry is if I have to do this long term can it work?
Also I am on short shifts atm so dogs are happy in cages for a couple of hrs at a time but what is a resonable time to leave them.I can get a dog walker in if needed on longer shifts.

I am also looking for advice to avoid littermate syndrome


Any help would be greatfully recieved
 

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Firstly, hello and welcome to the forum.
Secondly, my condolences on your loss.

Littermate syndrome can be a problem as it often causes the dogs to rely on each other too much, possibly altering temperament.
I recently read an article which talked of a Guide Dog organisation who tried giving their volunteer puppy raisers 2 dogs instead of 1. In all cases, 1 of the dogs ended up temperamentally unsuitable for the work, though both had seemed fine to start with.

While it is a difficult thing to achieve, I think this problem can be overcome by lots of individual attention and training. The key seems to be keeping them independent of one another in their formative years.
 

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Welcome to the forum.

My heart goes out to you with regards to your mother, and I very much hope your father will pull through.

As for the puppies. I would play things by ear for the time being. If you do have them both for the long term I see no reason why they can't get along quite happily together.
 

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So sorry to be reading about the sad times you are having at the moment.

Try not to worry as quite often having two dogs from the same litter as quite often it works out just fine, my friend has two brothers from the same litter they are seven now and they are just fine..with each other and everyone else in the household .
 
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